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Unpronounceable Grapes from Hungary

Vergeten druivenrassen of onuitspreekbare druivenrassen. Een wijn heeft een herkenbare en uitspreekbare naam nodig. Dat kan alles zijn : druivenras, producent, merk, regio , land meer?

Elizabeth Gabay MW

The Unprounceable Grape The Unprounceable Grape wine label

Ever since an Hungarian wine made with Cserszegi füszeres was labelled as the Unpronounceable Grape for the UK market, there has been some caution as to whether Hungarian varietal wines are handicapped in the international market.

I was asked to talk at the Prowein wine fair in March 2015, about whether I thought this was so. We looked and tasted a range of Hungarian varieties, many with wonderfully poetic translations: Arany Sárfehér (golden mud), Hárslevelü (lime leaf), Királyleányka (the King’s daughter), Leányka, Szürkebarát (hooded grey monk – Pinot Gris), Portugieser (red – previously Kékoportó), Irsai Olivér and Cserszegi Fűszeres (the spicy grape from Cserszegi) – but we could have also included Juhfark (sheep’s tail), Kadarka (red), Kéknyelű (blue stalk), Ezerjó (1000 blessings), Kékfrankos (red), Olaszrizling and Furmint,

hungarian woman and wine Old Hungarian postcard, woman with vine and white grapes

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