Hungary: Structure of the trade

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Prior to the reintroduction of a capitalist system in the early 1990s, the Hungarian wine industry was under the control of the state.

In the early 1980s, Hungary was a significant wine exporter, each year shipping out more than 3 million hl/79 million gal, or 60% of production, notably very ordinary quality wine in bulk to the soviet union and East Germany. These markets shrank abruptly at the end of the 1980s (see gorbachev), leading to sudden over-supply and extreme uncertainty among vine-growers and winemakers.