WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - High,
Tannin - Low,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Green apple, Pear, Quince, Citrus fruits, Apricot, Marmalade, Honey

Furmint is a versatile and highly regarded white grape variety predominantly grown in Hungary. Known for producing a wide range of wine styles from dry to sweet, Furmint showcases remarkable acidity and complex flavors, making it a favorite among wine enthusiasts.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler climates, Furmint maintains its high acidity and produces wines with pronounced minerality and fresh citrus flavors. Warm/Hot Climate: In warmer climates, the grape ripens more fully, leading to richer, more opulent wines with stone fruit and honeyed characteristics. Furmint can ripen well in both cool and warm climates, showcasing its adaptability.

Appellations / Producers of Note

Furmint is most famously grown in Hungary, particularly in the Tokaj region. It is also found in Slovakia and increasingly in other parts of Central Europe.

Appellations: The most notable appellation for Furmint is Tokaj-Hegyalja in Hungary, renowned for both its dry and sweet wines.

Producers: Prominent producers include Royal Tokaji, Disznókő, and Oremus, all of which are celebrated for their exceptional Furmint wines.


Young Furmint wines are vibrant and zesty, showcasing fresh fruit and floral notes.

Furmint’s high acidity and complex structure make it exceptionally age-worthy, with both dry and sweet versions capable of developing additional layers of flavor over many years. Well-aged Furmint can exhibit notes of nuts, dried fruits, and honey, with a beautifully integrated acidity.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 23, 2024

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