By country | Hungary
Hungary's viticultural history stretches back to the 17th century and, despite the ravages of Soviet occupation and dominance, the country has earned a reputation for its signature sweet wines from the Tokaj region. Tokaji wine is a sweet white wine made from botrytised grapes, and it is graded on a scale from 2 to 6 'Puttonyos', 6 being the sweetest. The astoundingly sweet Essencia measures 7 Puttonyos, and is considered one of the greatest sweet wines in the world.
Hungary has also started to produce an impressive range of white wines, and some good reds, and so we see the country's wine beginning to make the transition from commodity to much sought-after consumer product.