Tolna became an independent wine region in 1977, making it one of Hungary's youngest wine regions. Viniculture in the area dates back to Roman times, but it was only in the 18th century that wine production flourished due to the influx of German settlers. Most of the Tolna hills are suitable for vine growing with conditions that are similar to the Szekszard region. Vines, cultivated on approximately 2,000 hectares of land enjoy mild winters complemented by warm, dry and sunny summers. The region is famous for its 200 year old cellars in Györköny, shaded by hundred-year-old walnut trees.
Lower in quality than many of Hungary's other wine regions, efforts are being made to revive this historic region's winemaking reputation.
White varieties are the most prominent in the Tolna region. Fragrant white wines are produced from Chardonnay, Italian Riesling, Cserszegi Fűszeres, Sauvignon Blanc and Királyleányka. Red wine varieties such as Kadarka, Blaufränkisch, Blaue Portugieser, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown in smaller quantities in the southern part of the region.