Hungary is a captivating wine region with a rich and storied history that spans centuries. Nestled in the heart of Central Europe, Hungary's diverse terroir, ancient vineyards, and winemaking traditions make it a unique destination for wine enthusiasts. The country is renowned for its indigenous grape varieties, such as Furmint and Hárslevelű, which thrive in the volcanic soil of the Tokaj region, producing some of the world's finest sweet wines, notably the famous Tokaji Aszú. Today's LCBO Find, however, takes us down a different varietal path: the path of Pinot Grigio.
Quick Facts About Pinot Grigio in Hungary
Pinot Grigio is a grape synonymous with Italy and not often linked to Hungary in the minds of wine lovers. History shows, however, that the grape was brought to Hungary in the 14th century by Cistercian Monks and called 'Szürkebarát'. It is said the grape got its name after the monks' clothing. Translated to English, 'Szürkebarát' means Grey Monk.
About Dunavar Winery
Dunavar Winery is renowned for its dedication to producing high-quality wines that reflect the region's unique terroir. They specialize in crafting a diverse range of wines, from the classic Hungarian varietals like Furmint and Hárslevelű to international favorites like Pinot Grigio, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Visitors to Dunavar can immerse themselves in the world of Hungarian winemaking through guided tours of the vineyards and cellars, allowing them to savour the exquisite flavours and rich traditions Dunavar Winery offers.
About Dunavar Pinot Grigio
It's still summer here in the city, and I am adding this to our no-brainer patio sippers for summer. The Dunavar Pinot Grigio is both approachable and affordable, a combination ripe for hot summer days.
On the nose, meyer lemon, grapefruit, peach, green apple, white flowers, anise seed, and minerality are noted. A complete and complex introduction to this Pinot Grigio.
On the palate, lemon persists, followed by green apple skin, fennel, almond, asparagus, and mineral notes on the back end.
The Dunavar Pinot Grigio is an inviting, no fuss white wine that appeals. You will not be disappointed by its taste or its price.
The Dunavar Pinot Grigio can be purchased at the LCBO for only $12.50