This is the first time that the Research Institute Viticulture and Enology of the University of Pécs made champagne. The product will be on the market from autumn.

According to Turizmus Online, the name of the new champagne will be Nadír 63, and the university’s wine estate is going to sell it. The most important ingredient of the new drink will be the Zenit, a wine type that has been grown on the wine estate for 70 years. This is how the champagne got its name since Nadír (Nadir) is the opposite point of the Zenit (Zenith) on the celestial globe. Furthermore, the cellar is 63 metres below the estate, so that is how the second part of the new champagne’s name was born. The green-yellow-coloured champagne

contains soft bubbles, has a fruity scent, and its aftertaste is long.

One can buy the research institute’s selected wines and the new champagne in wineries and webshops. Furthermore, starting from autumn, there will be some restaurants in Pécs and in Baranya County where one can taste the drinks with the dishes fitting them the best.

The research institute started to operate in 1949, and its main goal is education, research, and consultancy, within which there are projects from wine-growing technology to genetic or oenological research. There are 30 hectares of grapes, a 1,600-square-metre and 300-year-old cellar, and an accredited laboratory. The institute has the 6th biggest grapevine gene bank in the world, consisting of more than 1,800 items, 18 state-acknowledged types of grapes, and 20 clones.

Furthermore, Pécs is the only place in Hungary where researchers are working on the resistance improvement of the grapes, with which they would like to increase how environmentally friendly the wine-making industry is.


  1. Under EU law ‘Champagne’ is a protected name, sparkling wine can only be called Champagne if it comes from the region of Champagne, France, which is just outside of Paris. Further, champagne can only be made using Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. The Hungarian stuff is a sparkling wine but is definitely NOT champagne.

  2. Champagne Only Comes From Champagne
    Champagne is a unique winemaking region in France. Ninety miles northeast of Paris, the region’s climate, chalky soil, strict regulations and long history of winemaking combine to produce a sparkling wine that can only be produced in one place: Champagne.
    There are many sparkling wines produced around the world but the Champagne name can only be used on a label if the grapes and the wines produced, under strict controls, in the French region that bears the name Champagne.
    Winemaking regions around the world, including many in the U.S., rely on their place name (or Geographic Indication as it is referred to in Europe) to differentiate themselves from other winemaking regions.
    For centuries, the growers and houses of Champagne have invested much time and money in educating consumers on the unique quality of the Champagne region and in the name Champagne. They have done so because they believe that the Champagne name is central to their community and should be protected as such.

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