Hungary: Geography

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Hungary, which lies between the latitudes 45 and 50 degrees north, is land-locked but includes Central Europe’s largest lake, Balaton. The River Danube (called Duna in Hungary) flows through the country from north to south, dividing it in almost equal halves. To the west lies Transdanubia, while to the immediate east of the river is the Great Plain. North east of the capital Budapest are the volcanic hills which constitute the Northern Massif, whose south-facing slopes are particularly well suited to vine-growing. In the extreme north east of the country is the Tokaj (formerly Tokaj-Hegyalja) region, which borders slovakia. See tokaji for more details.