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ApróKertek, Könnyűvér 2022

Könnyűvér is a name shared by five winemakers in the village of Pázmánd, on the northern shore of Lake Velence, which is at the most southern and hottest part of the Etyek-Buda region. These wines must to be based on local varieties. Kékfrankos is the base (60 to 80 percent) of a blend that can countain any other varieties grown in the reginon. The use of barrel aging is prohibited and the wines must be bottled in the same type of bottles, with a screwtop and the same label, to which the winemakers logo canbe added. The result must be a light, fruity and refreshing wine, easy to open even on a beach. Lake Velence is indeed a highly visited place from the beggining to the end of the summer, thanks to its proximity to Budapest and its lake (which is the hottest lake in Europe). For this 2022 vintage, the two winemakers of ApróKertek decided to blend Kékfrankos with the most beloved international variety in Hungary, Cabernet Franc. The result is a light ruby colored, fresh and light bodied red wine with a powerful fruitiness that will fit perfectly with barbecues or picnics at the beach.

3,190 Ft


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Etyek is the closest wine region to Budapest. Since it is located less than an hour’s drive west of the Buda hills, and has many festivals and events throughout the year, it is also among Hungary’s most visited wine regions. Etyek is a small region, with around 1,400 hectares of vineyards. It has protected designation of origin (PDO) status.

Historically, Etyek was known for producing sparkling wines. Hungary’s first (and largest) sparkling wine producer, Törley, started producing sparkling wines from grapes grown in the region in 1882. Since then, the area has continued to focus on this style. Etyek’s limestone soil and overall colder climate make it, arguably, Hungary’s best region to grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. These are the most important types of wine produced in the area, both as still wines and sparkling wines. Even the Sauvignon Blanc is used to produce Asti-like sparklers.

Etyek’s best features were not always considered a strength. During the time where full-bodied red wines were the most popular style, the southern-Hungarian red wine producers made fun of Etyek’s producers for not being able to produce this popular style and for only being capable of producing ‘base-wine’ for sparklers. Ironically, elegance and bubbles are once again very popular, and now even the southern-Hungarian producers are trying to make bubbly wines. Etyek is living a renaissance. From Etyek’s wines you can expect fresh acidity, chalky minerality (due to the limestone soil), restrained fruit, and an overall cold-climate-wine-feeling. Traditional method sparkling wines are especially worth seeking out, as well as spicy Pinot Noirs and aromatic whites.

Between Eger and Tokaj, two of Hungary’s most famous wine regions, there is a little-known wine region surrounded by the Bükk mountains. The Bükk wine region has seen better days, evidenced by the extensive old cellar rows in downtown Miskolc—Hungary’s third largest city, and the capital city of the wine region. These cellar rows hold more than one hundred old cellars, many of them multi-level, which once flourished. Unfortunately, most of these cellars are abandoned and in disrepair today. But they represent the historic importance of wine production that the Bükk area had a few decades ago.

Even though the area that the wine region covers is quite expansive, there are only about 1,000 hectares of vineyards planted with wine grapes. Most of these grapes are sold to the big bulk-wine producers or, in the worst case, to a bulk winery in the neighboring Eger region. This is a cold climate region, which is ideal for producing white wines (which are 60 percent of the region’s production) and the juicy and spicy reds that are also made here. The region focuses on wine grapes which are typically relegated to minor roles in other regions. They produce high quality and exciting wines with varieties such as Zenit, Kabar, Cserszegi Fűszeres, Turan, and Zweigelt.

About a decade ago high-quality wine production re-started in the region due to pioneers such as Zsolt Sandor (Sándor Zsolt Organic Winery) and Roland Borbély (Gallay Winery), among others. These new-generation winemakers brought an international view and quality-oriented style to this forgotten wine area. You can expect juicy acidity, lightness, and elegance from the wines of the Bükk region. If you can get your hands on a wine from this area, do not hesitate to give it a try!

Country1-3 bottles 4-6 bottles7-12 bottles
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)4,000 HUF for shipping of up to 11 bottles4,000 HUF for shipping of up to 11 bottlesFree delivery for purchases of 12 bottles
Hungary (Budapest)4,000 HUF for shipping of up to 11 bottles (if the order is below 20,000 HUF)4,000 HUF for shipping of up to 11 bottles (if the order is below 20,000 HUF)Free 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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