The winegrowing area in Hungary is about 30 kilometers northeast of the Balaton (Lake Balaton) and just to the west of Budapest. The vineyards cover about 2,000 hectares of vineyards. The climate is characterized by abundant sunshine and little rainfall. Towards the end of the 19th century, József Törley, who had learned his craft in Champagne, became aware of the area that was dominated by the loess, chalk and black earth soil and the climate excellent for growing Chardonnay suitable. He founded a large sparkling wine industry here. Other grape varieties are Olasz Rizling ( Riesling ), Rajnairizling ( Riesling ) Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Blanc, as well as the new breeds Taltos. Zefír. Zengö and zenith, Well-known producers are Etyeki Kúria, György-Villa, Haraszthy Vallejo, Nyakas and Törley Sektkellerei.