Wines of Hungary UK to launch 'Furmint February' in 2019

Wines of Hungary UK is bringing ‘Furmint February’ to the UK in 2019.

The initiative has been running in Hungary for ten years as a way to celebrate the country’s flagship grape among trade and consumers.

The programme of activities will begin with a tasting more more than 60 Furmint wines from 20 different producers in London on January 30. There will be a wide range of styles to taste, from dry to sweet and a chance to meet many new generation winemakers from Tokaj.

Throughout the month of February importers and retailers will be putting Furmint in the spotlight with activities such as tastings, dinners and special offers, all designed to help wine lovers in the UK taste and learn more about this grape variety.

Zsuzsa Toronyi from Wines of Hungary UK, said: “Furmint is Gungary’s flagship grape variety and the most important grape behind the renowned sweet wines of Tokaj, the ‘wine of kings and the king of wines’. Furmint has been gaining more and more recognition in the UK, so we felt that now is the right time to shine a light on this exceptional grape variety.”

Caroline Gilby MW, said: “One exciting thing about Furmint is its versatility. It has some similarities to Riesling – able to go from bone-dry, crisp and vibrant, to intensely sweet, always with its hallmark steely acidity. At the same time, it has a touch of Chardonnay’s nature about it – capable of fine sparkling wines and able to respond well to oak and malolactic fermentation to give layered complex, almost Burgundian wines.”

Lilla O’Connor, founder of Wines of Hungary, said: “We are looking forward to getting UK based wine drinkers excited about the wide range of styles it can produce. We are encouraging venues and retailers to join us in promoting Furmint February at their outlets, and we will be rewarding the best performing venue for their promotion with a trip to Tokaj in 2019.”

Visit www.furmintfebruary.co.uk for more details, or join in the conversation on social media throughout February using #furmintfebruary19. 

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