Mátra wine region
The Mátra wine region is located about 80 kilometers from Budapest on the southern slopes of the Mátra Mountain range in Northern Hungary. Encompassing approximately 7,800 hectares of vine growing area, Mátra is Hungary’s second largest wine region and the country’s largest exporter of Hungarian wine with approximately 40% of total exports. Winegrowing and viniculture in the Mátra region was established prior to the arrival of the Magyars in the Carpathian Basin and the first written accounts referring to winemaking date back to the 11th century. The Mátra Mountains with their moderate climate and protected areas provide perfect growing conditions for the local vineyards. Full-bodied whites grown on the volcanic soil dominate in this area.
Olaszrizling (Italian Riesling) is the most common type of vine planted in the region. Other varieties include Chardonnay, Rizlingszilváni, Leányka, Muscat Ottonel, Tramini and Sauvignon Blanc.