This Wine Wednesday I’m trying a grape variety AND region I have yet to write about…Furmint from the Tokaj region of Hungary.

At the lovely new wine boutique, DCanter, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Friday, Michael introduced me to the wine, Evolúció.


Hungarian wine dates back to Roman times.Since the fall of Communism, wine-makers are rediscovering old traditions and experimenting with new grapes and methods. Western producers have recognized the potential of Hungarian wines and have invested and committed themselves to uplifting it. Producers and merchants from Tuscany, Bordeaux and Germany have joined forces with local growers to produce high quality wines. Either by developing vineyards with popular grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon or by attempting to revive interest in regional grapes such as Furmint, Rebola and Plavac Mali and producing truly unique regional wines using modern techniques. (Thank you Boutique Wine Collection for the great information.)

Evolúció comes from the Tokaj region, the oldest and most well known wine region in Hungary. Tokaj produces world class, aromatic dry white wines made from the Furmint and Hárslevelü grapes.

Evolúció Furmint 2012

  • Variety: Furmint from the Tokaj wine region of Hungary
  • Aroma: Apricot, green apple and minerality
  • Taste: Medium-bodied yet crisp green apple taste with spice and apricot
  • Price: $14
  • My thoughts: Wow! I really enjoyed this wine. I knew Michael wouldn’t steer me wrong when I asked for a new and different white wine. He described it as a great cross between Sauvignon Blanc and an unoaked Chardonnay which is spot on. It’s a great transition from summer to autumn white wine.

Cheers to new wine discoveries from new regions!