Kunság wine region
Originally, a part of the vineyards were planted to keep the sandy soil in place. The "sand wines" produced here are for everyday consumption. Some of them are of excellent quality, yet the majority are "pub wines", an important part of everyday life.
As the Hungarian writer and philosopher Béla Hamvas wrote about the wines of this region, "I do not mean to denigrate this wine when I say that it is a 'pub wine'. Quite the contrary. Pubs are the key institutions of our civilization, being far more important than, for instance, the Parliament. In the Parliament, wounds are inflicted; in pubs, wounds are healed."
The Kunság wine region has eight areas and 96 settlements; the size of the areas being equivalent to those of the average vineyard area of the other Hungarian wine regions. The Kunság wine region consists of 68 hill municipalities and 32,800 hill municipality members (producers of grape and wine). They harvest approximately 200,000 tons of grape.
In this wine region, 64 vine types are produced; out of them, ten may be regarded as typical: Arany sárfehér, Zalagyöngye, Ezerjó (Tausendgut) , Kékfrankos (Blaufränkisch), Cserszegi fűszeres, Müller-Thurgau, Kövidinka (Fleischtraube ), Kadarka, Kunleány and Olaszrizling (Welschriesling) are produced on more than two-thirds of the total production area. The wines of the region are light and of harmonious composition. The red wine produced in the region is Kadarka, a ruby-red wine of spicy aroma and flavour, and Blaufränkisch, a fine, spicy and light red wine.
A growing number of wine cellars in the region produce light, fruity and easy-to-drink quality wines. Rosé wines in the category are among the best Hungarian wines.