The wine-growing area lies on the northern shore of Lake Balaton (Balaton) between Badacsony and Balatonfüred-Csopak in Hungary. It is divided into the three districts of Káli, Balatonederics-lesencei and Cserszegi. Until 1997 it was called Balaton-Mellék, the present name means "Balaton-Highland". It is situated a little further away from the lake, which still has a positive influence. The vineyards cover about 1,350 hectares of vineyards on chalky, volcanic soil mixed with brown forest soil at 100 to 200 metres above sea level. The climate is sub-Mediterranean. Here mainly white wines are produced. Due to the cold air coming down from the mountains at night, they have a good acid structure and high alcohol content. The main white wine varieties are Chardonnay, Olaszrizling(Welschriesling), Rizlingszilváni(Müller-Thurgau), Szürkebarat(Pinot Gris), Furmint and Zöld Veltelini(Grüner Veltliner). The main red wine varieties are Kék Burgundi(Pinot Noir) and Zweigelt. Well-known producers are Fodorvin Családi Pincészet, Lesence and Tóth Sándor.