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Danube Wine Region



The contiguous lowland of the Great Plain with its sandy soils, bordered by the Danube and Tisza Rivers, is famous for its light, less acidic wines. The weather here is essentially continental, but due to the flat terrain and quartz soil, the temperature fluctuates a lot: summers are hot and cold winters are often followed by spring frosts.

Although the predominant soil is calcareous sandy, which is mostly derived from river sediments (mainly the Danube’s), brown forest soil, black earth (chernozem), pasture and alluvial soils are also found to a lesser extent.

 

The Csongrád and Kunság wine districts are located in the warmest and sunniest part of the country. The grape varieties grown on these alluvial and sandy soils are typically Rhein Riesling, Kövidinka, Kékfrankos and Zweigelt. The acids of the wines of the Great Plain are gentler than those grown in the mountains. Today, veritable bistro wines are made here in a fruity, easy-to-drink style. Although not the best known, the Hajós-Baja wine district is special. Its territory stretches along the Danube.

 

Despite being located on the westernmost edge of the Great Plain, it still lies in a higher area in the floodplain of the Danube. The grapevines, which stand on beautiful sloping vineyards, get plenty of sunshine. Well worth visiting are the villages of the wine region rich in vineyards, and also the largest cellar village in Hungary, Hajós, where 1,200 small press houses line the regular streets.

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