The Food section of The Guardian regularly publishes different lists of their favourite wines. These lists are extremely popular, especially during the period leading up to Christmas, when people are desperately looking for ideas, what to buy for their loved ones.

It is a huge honour to be featured on The Guardian’s list of The 50 best Christmas wines for 2018, Borász Portál reports. In fact, not only one, but two Hungarian wines were mentioned on this list: one in the reds under £10 category, and one in the £20 and over category.

In the £20 and over category, one can find the Hungarian dry Furmint called Öreg Király Dűlő 2015, produced by Hungary’s Barta Winery located in Mád, Tokaj.

tokaj furmint barta pincészet

The Guardian writes that:

“The Tokaji region is best known for its golden dessert wines, but its dry white wines made from Furmint are modern classics: this is superbly rich yet energetic, a big bright burst of exotic fruit, savoury oak and a satisfying twang of nervy acidity.”

Öreg Király Dűlő 2015 also received the star buy label. This Furmint has also won two gold medals (with 95 points) at the San Fransisco International Wine Competition in 2017. This wine did not only win two gold medals, but it was also chosen as the best Furmint at the competition.

Not to mention that Rebecca Palmer from Corney & Barrow, which is one of the oldest independent wine merchant companies in the UK, personally visited Károly Barta and Vivien Újvári at their vineyard last year, and she tried the famous Furmint herself. She said that Barta Winery offers their customers “the best of what Hungarian wines have to offer.”

Tokaj Barta Winery
The Barta estate

Palmer also expressed her opinion on the famous Hungarian grape (Furmint) as such:

“The potential for Furmint is enormous, in my view. In special sites and hands, it has the perfume, texture, mineral tension and finesse to challenge white Burgundy.”

Let’s be proud of the furmint!

You can read about Rebecca Palmer’s impressions of the Hungarian winemaker here.

Another Hungarian wine featured on The Guardian’s list is the Ostorosbor Egri Pinot Noir 2016, in the Reds under £10 category. About this particular wine, The Guardian writes:

“Pinot noir’s elusive forest floor earthiness and juicy red berry fruits are both in evidence in a smart Hungarian bargain that is a good-value choice for those who favour a lighter red with the turkey and trimmings.”

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  1. I take any complement from the GUARDIAN with a grain of salt. Knowing it’s a loser media outlet only now surviving with SOROS Dollars, i say they can buy all the wine they want and drink it. Don’t care about their twisted views.

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