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Weninger Kékfrankos, Balf '17


Weninger Kékfrankos, Balf '17

One of my favorite wine trips ever was several years ago when my dad and I took a trip through Austrian wine country. It was my first trip to Austria, and while I was excited to try the great white wines of the Wachau and Kamptal, I was equally excited to check out the reds of Burgenland. 

Funny enough one of the most memorable wines of the trip wasn't even from Austria, it was from Hungary. We visited the Austrian village of Horitschon in Mittleburgenland, and had the immense pleasure of tasting at Weninger. One of the top producers of Blaufränkisch, Franz Weninger guided us through his wines that day. He was excited to tell us not only about their Blaufränkisch from Burgenland, but also about his father's groundbreaking work across the border in Hungary. He began to work in Sopron in 1995, and has since made a name for himself with Kékfrankos, which is the same grape as Blaufränkisch. In fact, it is said that Sopron is the origin of the variety.

Hungary is one of the top wine countries in which we still today know very little about. There is lots of wine produced in Hungary, even aside from its famed dessert wine Tokaji.  It is my prediction that over the next decade we will start to learn a lot more about the fantastic red wines of this country.

So let's start with this fantastic value from Weninger. Balf, is the name of a village on the Hungarian side of Lake Neusiedl, well known for its thermal baths. It is a place with loads of potential. 

This may become your go to red wine for the summer. We love the fresh aromas of strawberry and herbs. The wine displays plenty of fresh red and blue fruit, baking spices and well-framed acidity on the palate. It is long, bright and perfectly balanced. We think Pinot Noir fans are going to love this. It is a great picnic red.




Producer Weninger
Vintage 2017
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Kékfrankos


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