St. Donát Winery is one of our favorite producers from the northern slopes of Lake Balaton. It produces mostly still white wines, as well as some amazing bubbly. This traditional method sparkling wine is made of Furmint and Olaszrizling grapes, grown on marl and loess soils. Furmint is a wonderful Hungarian variety for sparkling wine because it retains acidity and gives a beautiful spine to the wine. Furmint, an indigenous Hungarian grape variety that is most associated with the Tokaj region, was once the most planted grape around Lake Balaton. Here it used to go by the name Szigeti, until the phylloxera louse wiped it out over a century ago. Noble Furmint, which shares a common parent (Gouais Blanc) with both Chardonnay and Riesling, is now making a comeback around Lake Balaton. In this wine, the methode traditionnelle makes for nicely integrated bubbles, which are mouth-filling with great vibrant acidity and freshness. There’s a light toasty finish. This is a perfect bottle for either a celebratory occasion, or just a dinner which you’d like to elevate a bit.