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Hungarian wine dictionary: The essentials to impress your host on a wine tour

January 31, 2017

It's been a really cold winter in Hungary (Magyarország). Probably not the best time of the year spending the day touring vineyards (szőlőskert), but in a few months time you may want to pay a visit to a Hungarian wine region (bor régió) and see for yourself where our wines come from. If so, this article is not just a must-read but also a must-learn.

Take it as a little cheat sheet with you and prepare to see your hosts to be super impressed when you utter only a few of these Hungarian (magyar) words. (Don't worry, a pronunciation guide is also included).

A wine tour (bor túra) can be a full-day experience as well as a set of short visits to a few of the region's wineries (borászat) where you have the chance to meet the winemaker (borász) and taste some of their wines (bor) they are really proud of.

You may start your day in the borászat, where the borász will show you around in the cellar(pince) and explain you about the winemaking process including the harvest (szüret), grape presses (szőlő prés), all the different barrels (hordó) and the bottling process (palackozás) and of course about history and heritage (történelem és örökség) of the region's winemaking.

Wine tasting (bor kóstoló) is clearly the highlight of the day. You may get a small glass (kis pohár) of a selection of whites (fehér), reds (vörös) and rosé (rosé - easy!) accompanied by cheese (sajt), salami (szalámi), Hungarian sausage (kolbász) and perhaps some fruits (gyümölcs) depending on what complements best the particular bor you're tasting.

Hopefully, you won't be too tipsy (spicces)  to then go on a little vineyard walk and see first hand where and how the grapes (szőlő) are grown. You'll find out about the climate (klíma / időjárás), soil (talaj) and grape varieties (szőlő fajta) of the region a little more.

By the end of the tour, you'll get a complete picture of the region's winemaking heritage and wines and you may take a few bottles (üveg) of your favourite ones as a little present (ajándék) for either yourself or friends (barát) and family (család).

Let's wrap up this brief Hungarian lesson with the promised cheat-sheet. An absolute must in order to really impress:

 

Borszótár (Wine dictionary)

Magyar (Hungarian)

Angol (English)

Pronunciation

bor

wine

bor (roll the R)

borász

winemaker

bor-ass :)

borászat

winery

bor-ass-aht

pince

cellar

pin-tse

vörös

red

ver-ersh

fehér

white

fa-hair

rozé

rosé

rosé (easy)

magyar

Hungarian

mo-djiar

édes

sweet

eh-dash

száraz

dry

saa-rawz

Kérek szépen.

I’d like.

Care-rack seh-pan

Köszönöm, elég.

Thank you, that’s enough.

Ker-ser-nem, el-aig.

egy pohár

a glass

adj paw-haar

egy üveg

a bottle

adj ew-vagh

Egészségünkre!

Cheers!

A-gehr-sheh-gunk-rah!

 

Is there anything important that we've missed out? Or would you describe the pronunciation differently? Please leave a comment below, we'd love to know and you may help and inspire others too ...

If you're thinking to go on a Hungarian wine tour this year, we've got some great news: We partnered up with Taste Hungary. With their expert help, we organise wine experience days full of fun, great wine, food, Hungarian culture, and great company! Learn more about these tours right here.

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