Tramini – Cseri Winery
The Gewürztraminer variety typically produces semi-dry to sweet wines with rose petal and lichi aromas, low acidity, and an oily texture. If you’ve previously tasted a Gewürztraminer like that, be prepared for something completely different with this wine! This Fűszeres Tramini—as we call the grape in Hungarian—from the Cseri winery stands out as a different version. It is not as intensely aromatic, has a lighter body, and a fresher, crisper acidity. The Pannonhalma region stands out as one of Hungary’s top white wine regions, even though it is small, with just a handful of wineries. On the nose, this wine is intriguing, exotic, and seductive … just like the mermaid on the label. It has aromas reminiscent of sage, tarragon, clementines, and roses. On the palate, it is dry (with 12.5 percent alcohol), with a unique mixture of fresh acidity, medium body, and a nice almond-like bitter finish. This is a style of white wine which one rarely comes across. Enjoy it next to sushi, Thai curries, and tropical fruit-based dishes.
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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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|Czech Republic||7,800 HUF||8,300 HUF||9,500 HUF|
|Denmark||13,800 HUF||14,500 HUF||15,900 HUF|
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|Finland||19,900 HUF||21,200 HUF||23,800 HUF|
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|Germany||7,800 HUF||8,300 HUF||9,500 HUF|
|Greece (mainland)||19,900 HUF||21,200 HUF||23,800 HUF|
|Hungary (outside of Budapest)||2,500 HUF||3,500 HUF||4,500 HUF|
|Hungary (Budapest)||2,500 HUF||3,500 HUF||Free delivery for orders over 20,000 HUF|
|Ireland||13,800 HUF||14,500 HUF||15,900 HUF|
|Italy||13,800 HUF||14,500 HUF||15,900 HUF|
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|Portugal||19,900 HUF||21,200 HUF||23,800 HUF|
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|Spain||19,900 HUF||21,200 HUF||23,800 HUF|
|Sweden||13,800 HUF||14,500 HUF||15,900 HUF|