Furmint February

Furmint February

Have you heard it’s Furmint February? The month of celebrating Furmint, one of Hungary’s most versatile, noble and widely grown native white grape variety.

Furmint accounts for 60% of all white grapes produced in the Tokaj wine region, and therefore it takes a large percentage of Hungary’s exported wines too. Yet, on the international wine markets it still seemed to go fairly undiscovered for a long time, with only recently picking up its reputation. 

The versatility of Furmint is easy to recognise, as this variety works very well as anything on the spectrum from a dry sparking wine, through to a zippy volcanic white with high minerality, to a sticky sweet Tokaji dessert wineFurmint is not only very versatile but also is the most commonly used grapes in Tokaj for the famous sweet wines like Tokaji Aszú

In the Tokaj wine region Furmint is grown on a wide range of volcanic soils. The style of Furmint and the resulting wines are very much terroir dependent. And it turns out these sprawl even more diversity than in Burgundy. Furmint grows best on weather-beaten volcanic loess soil, but Furmint can also produce great wines on richer, more nutrition dense, organic soils.

More diverse even than Burgundy, the styles here range dramatically from the differing terroir. It is at its best on these weathered volcanic rocks and loess soils, but it also thrives on compact, mineral-rich soil, too. 

Check out our wide range of Furmint wines here in all styles. Our best advise is simply to explore and enjoy your Furmints whether you like your stony saline minerality, or whether your prefer a refreshing zingy fizz, or whether sticking with a touch of sweetness from Tokaj.

Tokaji sweet wines
Tokaji sweet wines