Bor Forrás is a unique Hungarian red produced from late harvest Blaufränkisch grapes full of natural grape sugars. Easy drinking, light and fresh with summer fruit flavours of cherries, strawberries and raspberries, it can be served chilled and is known as a red wine for white wine drinkers.

Region Highlight

DUNA BORREDIO

The wine region Duna Borregio stretches from the eastern banks of the Danube to the Great Hungarian Plain and comprises three sub regions: Csongrad, Kunsag and Hajós-Baja. The area is characterised by a pronounced continental climate, with low rainfall and the highest average temperatures of the country.The warm summers with lots of sunshine are reasons for a constant ripening process of the grapes and a good quality harvest.

The Hajós-Baja Wine District – where most of our wines come from – is located around 150 km south of the capital Budapest on the western reaches of the low loess plateau between the Danube and Tisza Rivers. Loess stores water in the deeper soil layers which enables a sufficient water supply of the vines without irrigation. Wine growing here was hugely influenced by German settlers in the 18th century. The most visible traces of these settlers are the cellar-houses for the wine production where the wines matured in the perfect conditions.

The village of Hajós, from which the district takes its name, boasts a famous cellar row consisting of some 1200 cellars. This ensemble is unique in the country and a historical heritage visited by many tourists and wine lovers alike.

Inspired to Create Something Special

Pieroth’s relationship with wines from Hungary dates to the 1970s when they first started importing exclusive wines. Over the years Pieroth’s connection to Hungary grew even closer with investments in vineyards and a winery in the 1990s. Even until today Pieroth sources wines from these vineyards in the Duna Borregio region.

The cooperation between Pieroth – represented by Udo Machemer, oenologist and expert for Hungarian wines – and the team in Hungary with winemaker András Schauer has been very close and trustful ever since. Their knowledge of the growing area, vineyards, soil and the grape varieties combine to create these regional classics at Pieroth.

Varietal Insight

Blaufrankisch

Müller-Thurgau, also commonly known as Rivaner, is the second most planted grape in Germany. A child of Riesling and Madeleine Royale, this grape ripens faster than other grapes and is typically picked early. It delivers a lite, aromatic, and flavoursome wine that is best enjoyed young. 

German Wine Classification

The German system of wine qualification has several tiers that are based on how late the grapes were harvested.

QUALITÄTSWEIN (QbA)- Quality Wine - These wines have to obey the regional appellation laws and are tested for compliance by an official committee just like quality wine with attributes and subsequently receive an AP-Number. These laws ensure that the wine is from one specific wine-growing region, is made of approved grape varieties and reached sufficient ripeness for a quality wine.

PRÄDIKATSWEIN - Wine with Special Attributes – (Most of our German wines) The German wine law refers to the following category as Prädikatswein previously referred to as Qualitätswein mit Prädikat (quality wines with special attributes); representing graduating ripeness levels, which are in ascending order: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, BA, and TBA. These wines are all naturally produced, no chaptalization (addition of sugar).

Best of the first harvest. Usually light wines made of fully ripe grapes. Intended to be a light quaffing wine or to go with light food. Generally light in alcohol and calories. Can be dry, medium-dry or sweet.

Winemaker Story

Pieroth Estate

Udo Machemer – Pieroth‘s expert for Hungarian Wines. The world of wine was mapped out early on for Udo Machemer’s professional career thanks to the family winery.  Constant personal development and the curiosity to discover and select wonderful wines for our customers characterise Udo’s work.

András Schauer – the man of action in HajósWorking with and in the nature has always been a motivation for András Schauer. After his apprenticeship and study of horticulture, he specialized in viticulture and oenology with a further degree course in the late 1990s. During this time András started working for Pieroth Hungaria in Hajós and has been responsible for the wines ever since.

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