Wine style

Mátra wines vary greatly in terms of style. The aromatic wines also demonstrate their own kind of depth and concentration. The wines are characterised by harmony and varietal typicity as well as fresh acidity, medium or high alcohol and body. The red wines are dominated by pronounced, but structured tannins. In the case of Superior category wines, due care may also enable the soil and terroir to override varietal character and define the wine style to a greater extent.

Origin

The Mátra Range, the tallest in Hungary, stretches from east to west in the north of the country. The sunny wine district is, moreover, Hungary’s largest district which is located on hilly terrain. Abasár, Apc, Atkár, Budapest-Rákosliget, Detk, Domoszló, Ecséd, Gyöngyös, Gyöngyöshalász, Gyöngyösoroszi, Gyöngyöspata, Gyöngyössolymos, Gyöngyöstarján, Halmajugra, Hatvan, Heves, Karácsond, Kerepes, Kisnána, Kisnémedi, Markaz, Mogyoród, Nagyréde, Őrbottyán, Pásztó, Pálosvörösmart, Rózsaszentmárton, Szada, Szendehely, Szücsi, Vác, Vácegres, Vácrátót, Vécs, Veresegyház and Visonta.

Climate

Its climate is shaped by Hungary’s prevailing continental climate, which is characterise  by hot summers and cold winters. The annual number of sunshine hours is 1,900-2,000. The average annual temperature is 10.5°C, while that of the growing season is 17°C.

Soil

High-quality wine grapes can be grown on the partly volcanic, partly nutrient-rich sedimentary soils of its vineyards, protected from the north winds. It is also important to note here that if you study the map or list of towns and villages more closely, you can see that, although the vineyard area is concentrated at the foot of the Mátra Range, the wine district also includes Szendehely on the eastern reaches of the Börzsöny Mountains, Naszály Hill above Vác, the hills to the north of Budapest and even the area around Heves.

Main grape varieties

Rizlingszilváni, Kékfrankos, Chasselas, Ottonel muskotály, Olasz rizling, Chardonnay, Irsai Olivér, Cabernet sauvignon, Tramini, Zweigelt

Area of authorised grape varieties (2019)

6012 hectares

Enotourism

Thus, from the perspective of wine tourism, the region also includes areas, where the Danube Bend could be its main catalyst. This is further supported by the growing number of small wineries in the once famous wine region. Hiking and the forest railways are the main attractions at the foot of the Mátra.