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Cserszegi Fűszeres – Gál Winery

Cserszegi Fűszeres is the second most widely planted white grape in Hungary, and the most popular variety in the Kunság region, where this wine comes from. This is most likely Hungary’s most difficult to pronounce grape variety, but it’s a very easy wine to enjoy. Like Irsai Olivér, Cserszegi Fűszeres is an aromatic wine, with distinctive aromas of herbs, grass, acacia flowers, and ripe honeydew melon. It’s best when produced in a dry style, like this textbook Cserszegi Fűszeres. Cserszegi Fűszeres is a crossing of Irsai Olivér and Piros Tramini (Savagnin Rosé). It was developed in 1960 by Professor Károly Bakonyi, who aimed to produce an early-ripening variety that would withstand the winter cold. Created in Cserszegtomaj, near Keszthely on the northwestern shore of Lake Balaton, the grape’s name translates as ‘The spice of Cserszeg.’ Cserszegi Fűszeres is more full-bodied than its parent, Irsai Olivér, but is an overall a light and refreshing wine. Its strongest feature is its high acidity, which provides balance to its fruitiness, spiciness, and intense aromas. This wine has an underlying floral character, a vegetal side, and a myriad of flavors: chamomile, green apple, pear, asparagus, freshly cut grass, herbs, and honeydew melon. Its namesake spiciness includes notes of ginger, cloves, allspice, and mint. Aromatic wines such as this one, can be great matches with equally intensely aromatic foods like Thai, Mexican, or Indian. The Gál Winery is a family business, started by Éva and Csaba Gál, and now including their grown children. They cultivate more than 90 hectares of grapes, mostly in the Kunság region, which includes Csepel Island (a large Danube island south of Budapest, where grapes for this wine were grown, and grapes have been growing for centuries). In 2013 Éva Dignisz Gál was the first woman to be named winemaker of the year, a prestigious award given by the Hungarian Wine Academy.

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The Kunság PDO is Hungary’s largest wine producing area, with 23,300 hectares of vineyards. It lies in the larger Duna-Tisza közé PGI, which is the area lying between Hungary’s two great rivers—the Danube and the Tisza. This PGI is part of Hungary’s Great Plain (an area occupying nearly half of the country), the area is the country’s largest wine producing region, growing about half of Hungary’s grapes and encompassing several different PGIs and PDOs (Protected Designation of Origin area).

The land here is flat. It has mostly sandy soil due mainly to movement of the Danube River, which has left sandy deposits between the two rivers for thousands of years. Vineyards in the sand help prevent the spread of quicksand, and vines (unlike other crops) are able to thrive in this type of soil.

The sandy soil also heats up quickly, helping the grapes ripen. Another benefit of the sandy terroir is that there is no phylloxera (it can’t survive in the sand), so winegrowers don’t have to graft onto American rootstocks, making planting new vineyards more affordable.

The region is most known for the production of light, aromatic, and fruity wines which are made to be easy-going and immediately consumed (rather than aged). Grape varieties found in this region include lots of local and little-know types (including some only found here) like Bianca, Cserszegi Fűszeres, Aletta, Zalagyöngye, Kunleány, Kövidinka, and Arany Sárfehér. International varieties like Riesling, Zweigelt, and Kékfrankos are also grown. Though the area has long been known for its large wineries producing mass-market wines, there are some interesting winemakers to look out for lately (such as Szentpéteri Winery).

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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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