Last Friday evening on March 18th the Hungarian Embassy in conjunction with Furmint USA hosted a winetasting ceremony in Washington, DC showcasing the quality and unmatched versatility of Hungary’s furmint wines.

Winemakers from the Tokaj region of Hungary were on hand March 18th at the Hungarian Embssy to showcase some of the finest furmint wines Hungary has to offer. Hosted in conjunction with Furmint USA’s ten-day market blitz of the United States, 17 furmint wines were available for sampling.

Furmint dominates the Tokaj region of Hungary, the world's oldest officially designated winemaking region whose first appellation of control was designated long before both the Bordeaux and Port wine regions. On display was the full range of furmint white wines owing to the regions rich volcanic soil – from dry and slightly acidic varieties such as the 2013 Vision Furmint ($24) to more sweet wines such as Barta Winery’s 2013 Szamorodni Sweet Furmint ($47).

Also of note was the wholly organically grown 2012 Hold and Hollo Dry Furmint ($21). As Natalia Demko from Holdvölgy Winery (Valley of the Moon) explained, even the bottle and its labeling was designed to be paper free, environmentally friendly and easily recyclable.

As this is the first foray into the America market for most of these producers, wine bloggers and import houses were on hand alongside Ambassador Dr. Réka Szermerkényi at the tasting to help gain market exposure.

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