Sopron wines tasting with 50 wines
On 3rd October Hotel Gellért, one of the most iconic hotels of Budapest will host a tasting of about 50 wines from 15 wineries from Sopron wine region. The north-west region is the most famous from Kékfrankos (Blaufrankisch), but several wine varieties are grown as well, like Zöld Veltelini (Grüner Veltliner), Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc. Sweet late harvest from Sopron also deserve attention. The tasting costs 4900 HUF (15.5 euros) if purchased in advance. Exhibitors like Etyeki Kúria (a winery in Etyek region but with vineyards in Sopron as well), Vincellér House (great late harvest wines) or Taschner Wine and Sparkling Wine House will await guests.
Frühroter Veltliner, an extremely rare variety
Kurt Taschner, owner and winemaker of Taschner Wine House likes experimenting and doing things others do not practice. He is the only one who released his bottle fermented Chardonnay sparkling wine without being disgorged– to let the sommelier or the keen winelover do the disgorging himself. Korai Piros Veltelini (Frühroter Veltliner) is a grape variety you can find in Kurt Taschner’s portfolio, but hardly anywhere else in Hungary. Frühroter Veltliner is a natural cross between Roter Veltliner and Silvaner. Roter Veltliner’s origin has not been uncovered yet, but it is confirmed that surprisingly enough it is not related to Grüner Veltliner. In Austria 605 ha, in Slovakia 363, in Czech Republic 251 ha, in France only 5 ha, in Italy a few, in Germany only 4 hectares and in Hungary also only a few hectares are grown – and it is restricted to Sopron wine region.
“Early budding and early ripening, as its name suggests, susceptible to downy and powdery mildews and to botrytis bunch rot. Vigorous and best pruned long. Small bunches and berries.”
Excerpt From: Robinson, Jancis; Harding, Julia; Vouillamoz, Jose. “Wine Grapes (9780062325518).” iBooks.
Taschner Korai Piros Veltelini boasts flowers and peach on the nose, tropical fruits and spiciness on the palate. Mango and citrus fruits. Light, juicy wine ideal with turkey dishes.