Furmint - Weinbau Urban - Burgenland
Just an hour’s drive away from Vienna Burgenland offers wide open spaces, idyllic rolling hills and vineyards, a paradise for water sports, a unique nature preserve near Lake Neusiedl as well as imposing fortresses and castles.
With Eisenstadt as its capital, Austria’s easternmost province is also the country’s smallest in terms of population. Burgenland borders on Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia, incorporating many elements of these countries’ cultures into a rich and diverse cultural life.
A country with outstanding wines & breathtaking winery architecture.
Home of the world famous music composers Joseph Haydn & Franz Liszt.
A habitat of about 340 different species of birds and a paradise for birdwatchers.
Austria‘s flattest holiday region with more than 2.500 kilometres of bicycle paths.
The sunny side of Austria with 300 days of sunshine each year!
One of the most amazing places on earth for sweet Botrytis affected wine.
The specific wine regions of Eisenberg and Leithaberg have now been split off from "Burgenland" proper with their own DAC, but from a cultural and touristic view they remain Burgenland.
Furmint is, of course, the main grape in the production of Tokaj, the unctuous sweet wine from Hungary. However, that country does not have the monopoly on this grape. It is grown in other nearby countries, Austria being one of them. Heidi Schröck was one of the pioneers that reintroduced the grape and now produces some of the best Furmint wines in the world. Her dry Furmint is elegant and filled with spice and quince. Her sweet Furmint and blends incorporating Furmint are truly astonishing and need to be tasted to be believed. I would urge everyone to become a believer.
Furmint originates in Hungary with the first references found in documents from the late sixteenth century. It is no surprise that it comes from the Tokaj region whose eponymous wines have made it famous and given so much pleasure. Other origins have been suggested but are without substance.
Furmint is related to Gouais Blanc and therefore to a vast number of well-known varieties such as Chardonnay and Riesling. It is a parent of the other main grape in Tokaji wines, Hárslevelü and the Swiss Plantscher.