Hungary is divided into 22 small wine regions, however there is a broader system of wine regions as well with 7 greater wine regions. Duna greater wine region consist of Kunság, Hajós–Baja and Csongrád wine regions, definitely the ones with the least of the countries reputation, with flat land and with grape varieties with not much fame. What’s more, these grapes have names, which are almost impossible to pronounce.
A quest of pronunciation
Look at this name: Cserszegi Fűszeres. This is how a foreigner pronounces it:
Well, we tell you honestly: this is not the correct pronunciation. This is how it should be pronounced:
Well, we understand, this is something we cannot require from the kind foreigner, who is willing to taste this wine…
The solution: new names are needed!
However, there are great and ambitious winemakers here as well, just think of Frittmann brothers, who have been awarded with both of the prestigious awards, The Winemaker of the Year and the Winery of the Year, or think of Csaba Koch, who keeps winning national and international gold medals.
Duna greater wine region has just announced a competition to find better names for their promising grape varieties. Would you like to win? You only have to make up a good name for a grape variety!
- You can submit your ideas until 25 May 2017
- Send your ideas to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- These 3 grapes want new names:
- You can submit name only for one or two, or if you want, for all three grapes.
- However you can send only one option for one grape, not more.
- Duna greater wine region wine contest judges and guests will vote for the best ideas.
- The senders of the best names will each win a voucher of 160 euros that can be used at either of the following wineries: Frittmann, Koch or Kökény and son wineries (you can buy wines but you can also have dinner at the restaurants of the wineries with the voucher).
Cserszegi fűszeres, Bácska and Pannonija
Here is a little hint about the grapes to help you find the best names.
The indigenous Hungarian white grape can be found all over the country except Tokaj, and very popular among wine drinkers. Kunság, Hajós–Baja – the two less appreciated wine regions produce a lot of the grape, but we can find nice examples around lake Balaton as well. Character: Aromatic spicy, muscat type grape with fairly high acidity. Not suitable for longer aging. The educated wine connoisseurs often despise the variety saying that it is not sophisticated, but it can be elegant, sleek and charming if made carefully. The variety was created by Károly Bakonyi, who crossed Irsai Oliver and Red Traminer. The word ‘cserszegi’ refers to the village on the north-west of Lake Balaton, where Károly Bakonyi lived. ‘Fűszeres’ means spicy, it refers to the spicy character of the grape.
White grape that gives light wines full of flavour. A resistant grape capable of organic grape growing. It is a crossing between Petra and Bianca grapes from the University of Novisad, Serbia in 2002. It has great yields regularly.
- Pannonija / panonia
A resistant white grape that gives concentrated, gooq quality wine, often compared to Rhine Riesling. It was also crossed at the University of Novisad, officially registered in 2003. The parentage of the grape is rather complicated, if you want to learn more, click here