The “EduWine” project funded by the Interreg-IPA Hungary-Serbia Cross-Border Cooperation Program was launched in December 2020. The main goal of the project is to strengthen the economic and tourism bases of viticulture and viticulture in the Hungarian-Serbian border region - Bács-Kiskun and Csongrád-Csanád counties, as well as in Vojvodina, and to support the market participation of the actors operating in the viticulture sector.
Most of all, of course, you, the enthusiastic winemakers who have always wanted to learn, have been cultivating grapes and growing wine in these special areas for generations.
We warmly welcome our summary of the regions concerned!
Hajós-Baja wine region, land of wine and fish soup
With its many vineyards and world-famous vineyards, Hungary is an excellent destination for those who want to taste quality local wines. Hungarian wine production is something we can be proud of, and rightly so. It has a long history and many key regions have their own specific versions.
It is characterized by varied terrains
The Hajós-Baja wine region is a Hungarian wine region in the southern part of the country, north of the Telecska hills. It is bordered on the west by the Danube and on the north and east by the sandy ridges of the river. The area is characterized by varied terrain, which provides excellent conditions for viticulture and quality wine-making. The hills and gaping valleys are ideal locations for planting vineyards. The region is located at an altitude of 150 meters above sea level. Historical sources show that the history of winemaking in the Hajós-Baja wine region is closely linked to fishing. During the 18th century, the Germans settled here and brought their winemaking expertise with them. Today, the wine region is divided into two sub-regions, Hajós and Baja.
Kunság wine region, home of sand wines
The name Kunság evokes the endless plain, the horizon shining in the distance, and the shepherd leaning on his stick, but wines are also made in this area. With 23300 hectares of vineyards, it is the largest wine region in Hungary, where viticulture has been a tradition since the Middle Ages. Because the grapes grow on sandy soil, the divine nectar produced here is often referred to as sand wine.
They make wines en masse
The Kunság wine region starts from the Serbian border in the south and stretches almost to Budapest in the north. In contrast to the smaller wineries in the north-west (Sopron, Pannonhalma, Neszmely) and the north-east (Eger and the famous Tokaj), in the Great Plain the producers preferred quantity rather than quality, and very little of the wine produced here is of export quality. Although the area has long been known for its large wineries that make wines en masse, there are now some interesting winemakers to look out for, such as St. Peter’s Winery. The region is best known for making light, aromatic and fruity wines that can be consumed immediately, i.e. not matured. Among the grape varieties found in the countryside, there are many little-known grapes, such as aletta and bianca.
Csongrád wine region, where the sunshine is the lord
Every wine region is impressive in its own way, but the sunny Csongrád wine region is particularly beautiful. But, not only the landscape is impressive, but wines of such high quality are made here, and grape production is at such a high level that in 1986 Csongrád earned the prestigious title of International City of Wine and Wine. We show you why this production area is so unique.
The wine made in the Csongrád wine region was already known before the Turkish rule. For centuries, this area, together with the smaller Hajós-Baja in the west and the huge Kunsag in the northwest, formed the engine of Hungarian winemaking, from which millions of liters of wine were transported across the Danube to Germany and Austria every year. These three regions fill the plain between Hungary's two defining rivers, the Danube and the Tisza.
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.
A rebound after a vomiting fate
Wine production in Serbia dates back to Roman times, but the twentieth century resulted in almost complete destruction of vineyards. First, phylloxera decimated the grapes, then came the two world wars, the post-war era of communist collectivization of Yugoslavian agriculture, and finally the series of civil wars that shook Serbia to its core. Fortunately, over time, grape and wine production reached pre-war levels again.
Wine region of Szerémség - Fruška Gora wines were also served on the Titanic
The Hungarians call Srem, the Serbs Srem, while the Croats call Srijem the eye-catching landscape referred to by the Romans as Sirmium, which is located between the Danube and the Sava and is located in Vojvodina. But, not only is the area wonderful, the Tarcal Mountains on the slopes of the Tarcal Mountains, Fruška Gora, are also remarkable. The fertile Pannonian land, centuries of winemaking experience and secret recipes have made the people of Szerémség the most skillful winemakers, and the town of Sremski Karlovci (Karlóca) has become the “wine capital”. In the 15th century, the librarian of King Matthias Corvin wrote that it would be very difficult to find wines similar to those of a lover.
Banat wine region: the place that Maria Theresa wanted
The mixture of cultures and ethnic diversity is one of Banat’s greatest attractions. Today's image of the region has been shaped by Hungarians, Serbs, Romanians, Turks and Austrians, so it has an impressive history and the Banat wine region is home to excellent wines.
The winery in Serbia
Let's fly back a little in time. In terms of viticulture, Serbia has a long but uncertain history. Viticulture here has ancient roots, however, the expansion of the Ottoman Empire to Central Europe put an end to winemaking in the area, mainly due to religious laws.