Grape Varieties And Typical Wine Styles

The most widely planted varieties are Kékfrankos, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Kadarka, Zweigelt and Pinot Noir, while the most typical white varieties include Olaszrizling, Riesling (Rajnai Rizling) and Chardonnay.

Szekszárd is known and sought after by wine lovers primarily for its red wine. The southern style is certainly no disadvantage for this type of wine. However, the same cannot be said for the white wines, which rarely gain national recognition, although there a few good exceptions in every vintage. Red wine varieties, such as Kadarka and Kékfrankos are particularly connected to the region, although Merlot and Cabernet Franc also yield some delightful wines. The rich aromatics of Szekszárd wines as well as their lively acidity and elegance are what sets them apart from other Hungarian red wines. These wines can be drunk a little earlier than their counterparts in Villány, as they are rounder and their tannins are generally softer. So, Szekszárd wines are not only appealing to drink young, but also have great ageability. The most widely planted variety is clearly Kékfrankos, and its prominent role in the wine district is certainly not accidental. Kadarka and Bikavér are also traditional and have a clear historical connection with Szekszárd. The Bordeaux varieties also produce sophisticated wines, which are also often sold as blends, just like Bikavér. The region is home to diverse, firm, characterful, ageworthy wines depending on the producer or brand name. Szekszárd's product specifications clearly and unambiguously stipulate rules for winemaking, with an even more strictly defined framework for Bikavér.