Subotica-Horgos wine region

Subotica-Horgos wine region: even the New York Times reported on it

The Subotica-Horgos wine region is located in the northern part of the Republic of Serbia, along the Hungarian border, and has sandy soils connected to the Pannonian Plain. Its characteristic style is determined not only by its soil types, but also by its abundant variety of grape varieties and the specific production methods of the area's winemakers. These elements have created a wine culture in Subotica that is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. 

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A rebound after a vomiting fate

In Serbia, wine production dates back to Roman times, but the 20th century resulted in the almost complete destruction of vineyards. First, phylloxera decimated grapes, then came the two world wars, the post-war era of communist collectivization of Yugoslav agriculture, and finally a series of civil wars that shook Serbia to its core. Fortunately, over time, grape and wine production returned to pre-war levels.

In 2014, the New York Times wrote of Subotica: “Even a decade ago, no wine was produced in Serbia that would have met international standards. But progress was rapid. Recently, small producers revived the Subotica-Horgos wine region near the northern Hungarian border. The Palic wine route attracts domestic wine tourists, who taste the local cabernet sauvignon in the wine cellars for days, sip dry Trijumf white at dinner in the Bosscaffe restaurant and relax in the Hotel Galleria’s state-of-the-art spa. ” But let's jump back in time. Béla Ormódy bought the lands of the Kárász family in 1897, and together with a winemaker from Kiskunfélegyháza, Heinrich József, he established an extremely high-quality winery. Although Béla Ormódy was originally a banker, over time Magyar Borászati ​​Zrt. he advanced to president. And why is all this important? The merit of the former banker was the boom in viticulture, and then modern wine culture spread to the borders of Subotica, Soltvadkert, Mirgeš and Jileš thanks to the local wine-growing peasants. 

The grapes here enjoy the sun even more

The wine region of Subotica consists of three sub-regions: Ridica, Palicka and Horgos, the largest of which is the vineyard in Palic. The plantations produce Sauvignon blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, Rhine Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Kadarka, Kövidinka, Italian Riesling, Ezerjó, Manzoni Bianco and Medenac. The local wines are fresh, fruity, lively and slightly sour. The real wines that express the sand are the old varieties, the white stone and the red kadarka. The old and new wines of the wine region have won numerous domestic and international awards. The highly valued subregion of Serbia, the Subotica-Horgos wine region. The soil types that prevail in the countryside, namely chernozem and sand, the temperate continental climate and the excellent grape varieties, produce world-renowned wines that are recognized beyond the country's borders. Interestingly, although this area is quite close to Szeged, the sunniest city in Hungary, the grapes enjoy the sun even more here. The number of hours of sunshine is the same as on the Croatian coast. It is this small but important fact that makes this land perfectly suitable for red wines.

Anyone who visits this wine region must visit Subotica. The city is characterized by its rich cultural heritage, lavishly decorated Art Nouveau buildings, multicultural spirit and European charm. Palic, the lake and the town of the same name are located 8 km east of Subotica. It offers something new and unrepeatable in every season, but if that weren’t enough, it’s worth a visit to Lake Ludasi, a protected aquatic habitat. 

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Source: Kárpá
Source: Kárpá

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