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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Sopron, wine region and pdo in the extreme north west of hungary which is geographically part of the neusiedlersee wine regions of Austria. Its climate is much more temperate than that of most of the rest of Hungary, with cooler, wetter summers and milder winters. From the 14th century, when Hungary was recognized as a useful source of fuller, richer wines than those of northern Europe, Sopron was an important centre of the wine trade, dispatching not just its own wines but those of the rest of Hungary to Austria, Poland, and Silesia. Today Sopron produces mainly red wines, more tannic than the Hungarian norm, from grape varieties such as kékfrankos, Cabernet, and Merlot.