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The truth lies in wine – in the Hungarian ones lies hope

2024-05-13 10:03:00

Balaton-highlands, Tokaj, Eger, Csopak, Badacsony and the list goes on. These are all wine regions that show how significant Hungarian wine-tourism is. But what challenges does wine-tourism have to face? How can it be improved? Pál Rókusfalvy, Government Commissioner for National Wine Marketing made a visit to our university.
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Author: Izrael Gréta

Cover photo: Tóth Valter

Image: Tóth Valter

In addition to all this, it would be important to target younger generations, since even though wine consumption is a true vitality amongst members of Hungarian society, winery still counts as an outdated branch. The reason for that could be that young people see less and less pleasure and opportunity in wine and wine making, vineyards and the hard work that comes with its nursing is hovering in front of their eyes instead. For them a glass of domestic wine doesn’t provide as much experience, as much hassle is involved in its making. According to Rókusfalvy, with the right framing this part of society could also be formed in their opinion. We rarely see wine-drinking youths at events, because they favor the consumption of different cocktails and shots. However, with the right wine-based cocktail recipes, wine consumption could be promoted amongst them too. On the webpage of Bor.hu a bunch of events can be found, all connected to wine, so that everyone interested, regardless of their age can find the program they like. Moreover, on this page, besides the work of domestic winemakers, the description of characteristics of different wine regions can be seen, because

“every glass of wine includes the scenery, where it was made and the human, who thanks to arduous work has created it.”

Innovation, education, communication, sustainability, research, market research and digitalization. These seven key words serve as the basis of the wine marketing represented by Rókusfalvy. Even amongst these, education deserves a special place, which was the motive and goal of this event as well, that was organized by Melinda Jászberényi, associate professor and Head of Centre. Keeping these policies in mind, Hungarian wine can get the chance to rise up to the worldwide standards. 

“Even though wine is just one of many alcoholic drinks, it still has a crucial role in our culture.”

We don’t have to go too long back in time to recognize for how long this drink serves as a part of Hungarian national identity. In fact, the wine region in Tokaj is named the number one wine region in the world, and the tokaji aszú made from the vine nursed there is a treasure of ours that is known worldwide. Even the pope used this wine to give his blessings to the work of the god-fearing winemakers. Wine consumption in Hungarian society is not only a gastronomic curiosity, but also a foundation of their existence and it’s only up to us, whether 10 years from now people will think of Hungary as the home of wine or the country where once in the past delicious wine was made.

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