Csongrád Hungarian Wine
This wine region is also situated on the Hungarian Great Plain (Alfold) to the west of the town of Szeged. The sandy soil is interspersed with some loess and the extremes of weather here produce heavy alcoholic red and white wines of very modest quality. Drinking temperature is 8-10°C (46.4-50°F) for white Csongránd Hungarian wines and 12-16°C (53.6-60°F) for red Csongránd Hungarian wines.
Hajós-Baja Hungarian Wine
The south of Hungary is blessed with a Mediterranean-type climate moderated by maritime influences. This makes the area a paradise for birds. Great flocks of exotic birds such as bee-eaters return each spring to nest in the soft sand dunes.
Although most Hungarian wines from the south to the west of Csongrád and Kunság are generally of modest quality, an exception to this are the wines from the company of Brilliant Holding of Hajós.
Wines are made here that are steeped in Hungarian tradition but under extremely hygienic conditions and with the use of modern technology (no chaptalization, cask maturing in oak, use of nitrogen during bottling, extra long Portuguese corks). Both rosé wines from Brilliant are fresh and fruity, one being made from Pinot Noir, the other from Kékfrankos.
The rest of the Hungarian wines are all reds and all of them are real beauties: Hajosi Kékfrankos, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zweigelt. These are Hungarian wines of great class that have an ability to age well. Drinking temperature is 10-12°C (50-53.6°F ) for the rosé Hungarian wines and 14-17°C (57.2-62.6°F) for the red Hungarian wines.
Szeksárd Hungarian Wine
This area is regarded as one of the oldest wine regions of Hungary. The local microclimate is perfect and there is a fertile sedimentary soil of loess. Szeksárdi Bikavér (Bull’s Blood) has an excellent reputation and an older history than that from Eger. This Hungarian wine is dark red and its bouquet is reminiscent of redcurrants with suggestions of toast. The taste is dry, fresh, very tannic, fulsome, and rounded. Drinking temperature for this Hungarian wine is 15-17°C (59-62.6°F).
In addition to outstanding red Hungarian wines such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Kadarka, and Kékfrankos, Szeksárd also produces excellent Kadarka rosé and whites from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Olaszrizling.
One wine that deserves a special mention is the sublime Bataszeki Sauvignon Blanc of the winemaker Akos Kamocsay of Hilltop Neszmely. Their 1997 Sauvignon Blanc was undoubtedly one of the best Hungarian whites of its vintage. It possesses a bouquet in which newly mown grass, wild chervil, stinging nettles, and suggestions of elderflower can be discerned. Drinking temperature for this Hungarian wine is 9-10°C (48.2-50°F).