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Cabernet Franc – Cseri Winery

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.

11,390 Ft

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Pannonhalma is the smallest Hungarian wine region. It has a unique place in Hungarian wine culture and Hungarian history because of the Benedictine Abbey which stands proudly on the top of the region’s tallest hill. About a thousand years ago, when the foundations of Hungary were laid down, the Benedictine monks sensed that something magical was going on here and founded the monastery.

Ever since then they have been focusing on higher education, wine growing, maintaining their renowned arboretum, growing herbs, making medicinal oils, brewing beer, and compiling their world famous library (which you can still visit today). Don’t miss this if you happen to be traveling in the area.

The Benedictines started winemaking here, and then inspired other locals to make wine. For the longest time, the winemaking was dominated by the abbey, and their state-of-the-art winery. These days, smaller, family-run operations have also been popping up in this up-and-coming region. It has been long overdue, and it is great to see that local families are inspired by the terroir and history of this place, and that they are finding their own wine voice.

The region is not much bigger than 600 hectares, and it has a typical continental climate: hot summers, cool springs and falls, and cold winters. The region produces almost exclusively white wine, with a few very good exceptions, such as Pinot Noir, Kékfrankos, and Merlot. This is the time to discover this region’s potential through the locals who are experimenting with what they can achieve here.

The Cseri family’s winery is located in Pannonhalma, a lesser-known, but up-and-coming region in northwestern Hungary. The region is Hungary’s smallest, with less than 1,500 acres of vineyards. It is best known for its Benedictine archabbey, founded in 996. The Medieval building sits atop of a hill, commanding the landscape when you drive into the area. Most people solely associate Pannonhalma wine with the renowned winery located within the abbey. The Cseri family founded its winery in 2012 after Norbert Cseri spent many years as head winemaker at the abbey. They are one of the few families in the region who sell their wine commercially.

The Cseri family produces a variety of wines, but are especially passionate about Rhine Riesling, and they produce a series of six types every year. The entire family is involved with the winery. Eszter (Norbert’s wife) does marketing and sales. Barnabás (their son) just joined him on the winemaking side after working for a few years in the Mosel Valley. Auguszta (their daughter) is studying wine marketing in Wachau, Austria. She helps with running English-language tastings.

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Austria7,800 HUF8,300 HUF9,500 HUF
Belgium10,200 HUF10,500 HUF12,200 HUF
Bulgaria13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Croatia10,200 HUF10,500 HUF12,200 HUF
Czech Republic7,800 HUF8,300 HUF9,500 HUF
Denmark13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Estonia13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Finland19,900 HUF21,200 HUF23,800 HUF
France13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Germany7,800 HUF8,300 HUF9,500 HUF
Greece (mainland)19,900 HUF21,200 HUF23,800 HUF
Hungary (outside of Budapest)2,500 HUF3,500 HUF4,500 HUF
Hungary (Budapest)2,500 HUF3,500 HUFFree delivery for orders over 20,000 HUF
Ireland13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Italy13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Latvia13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Lithuania13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Luxembourg13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
Netherlands10,200 HUF10,500 HUF12,200 HUF
Poland7,800 HUF8,300 HUF9,500 HUF
Portugal19,900 HUF21,200 HUF23,800 HUF
Romania10,200 HUF10,500 HUF12,200 HUF
Slovakia7,800 HUF8,300 HUF9,500 HUF
Slovenia10,200 HUF10,500 HUF12,200 HUF
Spain19,900 HUF21,200 HUF23,800 HUF
Sweden13,800 HUF14,500 HUF15,900 HUF
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