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. It therefore 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. 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 wine. Furmint 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. It turns out these cover even more diversity than in Burgundy. Furmint grows best on weather-beaten volcanic loess soil. However, it can also produce great wines on richer, more nutrition dense, organic soils.
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 prefer a refreshing zingy fizz, or whether sticking with a touch of sweetness from Tokaj, it’s almost guaranteed that you can find to your favourite style!