Pannonhalma is located midway between Budapest and Vienna. It is a lesser-known—but exciting and up-and-coming—area with great potential. Pannonhalma is best known for its Benedictine archabbey, founded in 996. The Medieval building sits atop of a hill, surrounded by fields of lavender. It commands the landscape when you drive into the area. There is also a large renowned winery located within the abbey. It’s not surprising that most people don’t look further than the abbey for Pannonhalma wine. After all, Pannonhalma is Hungary’s smallest region—with less than 1,500 acres of vineyards—and most of the winemaking is done on a hobby level. The Cseri family founded its winery in 2012 after Norbert Cseri spent many years as the head winemaker at the abbey. This region does not really have its own flagship local grape varieties, but the Cseri’s have discovered what international grapes grow well in the region. Cabernet Franc is one of them. It has become Hungary’s second most popular red grape (after Kékfrankos). This one is exciting because it does not come from the southern Hungarian regions which grab all of the fame for this grape. This Cabernet Franc had a 21 day period of maceration/fermentation, and then spent one year aging in new oak barrels. It has rich and ripe aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and plums. It is rich and juicy wine, with strong but well-integrated tannins, and a refreshing acidity that makes it easy-drinking. You can enjoy this wine as it is now, or you can give this dragon (see the label!) some further rest.