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Description to Mecsekalja

The wine-growing region lies deep in the southwest of Hungary near the border with Croatia. It is also often named after the capital city of Pécs, around which (at that time it was called Sopianae) wine was already grown in ancient times. It is the warmest area of Hungary with mild winters and long hot summers with frequent drought. The vineyards on sandstone and loess comprise about 1,000 hectares of vines. The main grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cirfandli (Zierfandler), Furmint, Kadarka, Merlot, Kékburgundi (Pinot Noir), Olasz Rizling (Welschriesling), Sauvignon Blanc and Skürzebarát (Pinot Gris). Mainly white wines and sparkling wines are produced.