Hungary has a very old wine culture, because wines from Sopron and Eger were already known in the 13th century. The Greeks started wine growing in Hungary from the southeast Danube and its tributary the Tisza upwards and the Romans from the west across the Pannonian Plain to Lake Balaton. Despite invasions of the Huns, Vandals, Goths, Tartars and Ottomans over many centuries, wine was always grown in this area. Even the Ottomans, who occupied most of the country for around 160 years, oppressed despite alcohol ban the viticulture did not like to take the taxes for it, but the development was inhibited during this time. According to a rather legendary tradition, Kaiser Charlemagne (742–814) were so enthusiastic about the “Avar wine” that he had some vines brought to Germany.
By the Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus (1440-1490), who in his last five years in Wien (Austria) resided, the statement is handed down, "that the whole people should have wine and that the winegrowers should be respected". In the Middle Ages, as in almost all other countries, the Catholic Church played a major role in the spread of viticulture and wine culture in Hungary. The famous wine is crucially linked to Hungary's wine history Tokaj, After Phylloxera disaster and the two world wars shifted to the production of mass wines, Since the political upheavals of 1989 and the reestablishment of the winegrowing association, however, winegrowing has risen steeply again.
There is a central European, continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. The geographical latitude corresponds to the French Burgundy, which results in aromatic white wines. Around 2,000 hours of sunshine a year also favor the production of red wines. The Danube flowing from north to south divides the country into about two large halves. The wine law of 1997 defined 22 wine regions. To the west is Transdanubia , which borders from Austria. Slovenia and Croatia extends to the Danube in the west. In the center is the Balaton (Lake Balaton), the largest lake in Central Europe with 591 km². Together with the Neusiedlersee and Donau, a positive climatic influence is exerted on the viticulture. Transdanubia consists of four wine-growing regions with 15 wine-growing areas:
Észak Dunantul (Northern Transdanubia)
In the southeast between the Danube and the Tisza lies the large Pannonian lowland with sandy, steppe-like soil, called Alföld in Hungarian. The vineyards exert a firming influence on the soil. In summer there are often crop endangering drought and in the winter frost, The Duna region has three wine regions:
The northern massif is in the north in the foothills of the Mátra Mountains near the border with Slovakia, The two regions with their wine regions: