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Wines of Hungary ‘Blue of the Danube’

October 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Wines of Hungary UK is delighted to announce its inaugural event ‘Blue of the Danube’, the largest UK tasting solely dedicated to the most important black grape of Central & Eastern Europe (CEE)– Blaufränkisch.

It will be the first time the UK wine trade has had the opportunity to taste and get to know the grape variety in such a high diversity, all under one roof. Blaufränkisch, known as the ‘blue grape of the Danube’, has several names across the regions it’s grown within, including: Kékfrankos, Blaufränkisch Frankovka Modra, Burgund Mare and Lemberger.

Elizabeth Gabay MW, who is hosting masterclasses on the day, explained “Blaufrankisch is a dark-skinned, late-ripening variety which produces red wines that typically have fine tannins and pronounced spicy characters. It can range from rich fruity opulence to restrained silky elegance. There is great potential for this variety in the UK”

More than 40 producers from Hungary, Austria, Croatia, Slovakia, Romania and Slovenia will be showcasing their Blaufränkish-based wines, demonstrating the variety of wines produced with one grape variety. A highlight includes the unique, high quality Kékfrankos based cuvees e.g. Bikavér, also known as ‘Bull’s blood’.

There will be two masterclasses during the day:
– 11:30am Understanding Blaufränkisch and its region with Elizabeth Gabay MW
– 13:30pm Blaufränkisch Blended – an introduction to Hungary’s Bull’s Blood with Orsi Szentkirályi.

Trade 11am – 4pm and consumers 5pm-8pm.

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Rachel Davey


October 28, 2019
11:00 am - 8:00 pm


Rachel Davey


Merchant Taylors Hall
30 Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8JB
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