According to archeological finds, winemaking traditions in the Balatonfüred-Csopak wine region can be traced back to 2nd and 3rd centuries. Ornaments decorated with wine-motives and wall paintings depicting scenes from a grape harvest were found amongst the ruins of villa Urbana on the Baláca plains. The first written document about vine growing references the bishop of Veszprém’s vineyards in Csopak in 1082. Several historic sites showcase the regions winemaking heritage.
Balatonfüred, the center of the wine region, is located in one of the most beautiful areas on the Northern shore of Lake Balaton. The Balatonfüred-Csopak wine region covers approximately 2500 hectares spread out over two main areas. The Balatonfüred-Csopak part of the region encompasses 17 towns and villages and there are 7 in the Zánka area. The region also produces two distinct types of wine. Wines from Balatonfüred are softer and smoother, while wines from Csopak are more complex with vivid acidity.
Known primarily for its whites, the Balatonfüred-Csopak wine region also produces quality red wines, like Merlot and Cabernet.
The region's climate is moderate with mild winters followed by an early spring, warm summers and bright, long and dry autumns. It’s widely believed in the region that the sunlight reflected by the surface of the lake also helps improve the quality of the grapes.
Italian Riesling (Olaszrizling) is the dominant variety, complemented by varieties like Rizlingszilváni, Tramini, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Pinot gris (Szürkebarát), Muscat Ottonel (Ottonel Muskotály). Red grapes, like Kékfrankos, Zweigelt, Merlot and Cabernet are grown mainly in the Tihany peninsula.
Notable vintages include: Balatonfüredi Rizling, Csopaki Rizling, Tihanyi Merlot and Tihanyi Cabernet
Wine Tourism & Sights
The 150-year-old wine-houses in the Balatonfüred-Csopak region offer a look back at traditional winemaking. Other attractions include the Tihany Peninsula, amid the picturesque village of Tihany, and Balatonfüred, a historical bathing town, home to the annual Anna Ball.
Getting there from Budapest
The center of the wine region is Balatonfüred, which is about a one-and-half-hour drive from Budapest. Take Highway M7 then take the exit from highway M7 to route 71 towards Balatonfüred. Trains run from Budapest's Déli Railway Station. Buses leave from the Népliget bus terminal.