As Phoebe French of The Drinks Business says – one of the experts who spent a week in Hungary with the help of the Hungarian Tourism Agency, arranged by Wines of Hungary – “we were not hungry in Hungary”. Sebastian Payne MW, Caroline Gilby MW, Anthony Rose, Oz Clarke and other experts had a busy week to visit four wine regions, several wineries, plus participate in a grand tasting in Budapest. Oz Clarke started his career as an actor, and he left the stage for his wine career, though being watched has remained a vital part of his life, just think of the BBC series Oz and James’s Big Wine Adventure. And, was he happy with the wines he had tasted in Hungary? Well, “really delightful acidity”, “mouthwatering”, “fresh and juicy wines” – yes, he was! Watch him talking about his experiences:
Get a glimpse
Fabien Laine sommelier joined the team and made a video to capture the moments:
“You can see the damages done”
This piece was shot during the same study tour in Tokaj, and Peter McCombie MW, another member of the team speaks about how tremendous diversity he has found In Hungary:
The participating wineries
- Gál Tibor
- St. Andrea
- Kovacs Nimród Winery
- Royal Tokaj
Plus: Géza Balla from Transylvania poured his wines at Kovács Nimród Winery.
The organizer of the tour
Wines of Hungary is a UK based company to sell and promote fine Hungarian wines in the UK, and also to advise trade about Hungarian wines.“If you are looking for wines that really have a sense of place, are authentic and are doing great things with indigenous varieties it is time to discover Hungarian wines” – says the mission of Wines of Hungary. Before the tour in Hungary, the company was busy at London Wine Fair, here is how they performed.