Hungary’s leading nouveau wine: Vylyan Bogyólé from Villány

Not much nouveau wines are made in Hungary, and from those the majority are actually white or rose. Take a look at the red ones, and you will find even less made with carbonic maceration, probably only 3-5 does exist. The most well known and widely distributed is Vylyan Bogyoló, which rules the category and really good in every vintage. The 2021 is no exception.

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A nice midweek quaffer – Vylyan Macska Portugieser 2020 from Villány

Photo: pannonborbolt.hu
Portugieser is a controversial specialty of Villány – it’s kind of a local variety, but it’s mainly used for cheap wines and most of it is just to be avoided. But when it’s well made (and from properly grown grapes) like in the case of this one from Vylyan, then it becomes a really pleasant wine. So much so, that I went back to the shop to buy more, which does not happen too often, be it cheap or expensive wine.

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Back online – my harvest season in the Mátra in pictures

The view from the Gereg vineyard, which many regard as the greatest site in Mátra. With some experience I can say it’s indeed a top vineyard with its own character – unusually warm and windy.

Harvesting and making wine fully occupied me in the last 6 weeks, so much so that I basically went home only to sleep. But most work is done now and I’m trying to return to my normal life, thinking about things I was used to do before, like posting on my blog. Let me just start with a recap of my harvest… Continue reading