Autumn is the time of the year that is associated with harvesting grape in Hungary. The harvest starts as early as the beginning of September with many traditions that vary from region to region. Do not forget to check out in time the parade closest to your place of residence!
If you want to get closer to winemaking, do not hesitate to get into your car or catch a train / coach to travel to the Hungarian countryside. There you can truly explore how Hungarians celebrate harvest and bid farewell to summer. The main attraction of the harvest parade is usually a procession with horses and carriages which is then followed by cultural events.
It is very hard to choose one specific region since the history of our viticulture is long and there are many wine regions too:
Hajós – Baja
Balatonfüred – Csopak
Etyek – Buda
(Based on Bor.hu operated by Magyar Turizmus Zrt.)
In this way, please let me introduce in a few words the wine region that I know very well, the biggest wine area of Hungary, Kunság.
Can you imagine grapes in sandy soil? If not, you had better come and visit because this is how it works in my area.
Well, people were pretty much desperate back then when they decided to grow grape in the arid area of Kunság. In the 19th century, grape was struck by a disease called Grape phylloxera that destroyed 90% of Hungarian wine regions in the mountains, according to borterasz.hu.
The situation was very similar in other parts of Europe which got infected as well. The sandy soil being immune (SiO2) to the disease, the grape grown in this sandy area of the country became very precious and the wine produced here became famous too.
Here you can find some information about the greatest harvest festivals in Hungary:
MUST (EN) – “The unfermented or fermenting juice expressed from fruit, especially grapes.”
The Hungarian word MUST has the same meaning!
Map of Hungarian Wine Regions
written by Magdolna Magonyi