Wine regions: The Northern Massif

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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This range of hills running north east from Budapest along the border with Slovakia contains four wine regions, Mátra, eger, Bükk, and tokaj.

In the foothills of the Mátra Mountains, the soils are mainly volcanic and most of the wine produced is white. Muscat, Olaszrizling, and Királyleányka predominate, alongside some elegant, fruity reds. In western Europe at least, the area is well known for the German-owned Danubiana Estate on which modern Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sémillon have been made for export.