Hungarian wine regions - Villány

Villány is a warmly welcoming village, easy on the eye with pretty cellar rows and wineries closely concentrated and accessible on foot. Above the village looms the eye catching 442-metre-high, pyramid-like Szársomlyó-hill, on whose southern slopes lies the prime vineyard site of Kopár.

For long Villány was considered Hungary’s premier red wine region for serious, Bordeaux style wines. In the ‘90s, there was a huge rush to plant the more fashionable Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. However it has become clear that the growing conditions are much more optimal for Cabernet Franc. It ripens a week earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon and has no green flavours, although it does require rigorous work on the selecting table to cut out unripe grapes. The region’s winemakers regularly sit down together over a glass of wine to share ideas. One of them was in spring 2014, when a joint effort was launched to unite and promote its flagship grape, using the 'Villányi Franc' moniker for premium wines made from it.

Some customers started to turn away from wines with strong alcohol and tannins. Therefore, an increasing number of vintners are seeking to make fruitier and fresher wines that can be enjoyed from the beginning and will probably age just as well, if not better, without chunky drying tannins. A growing number of vintners have begun looking to a local grape, the Kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch) and Portugieser. Both of them originate from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Browse our wine list from Villány