Furmint - White Wine Grape

Furmint, mostly Hungary but...

The name Furmint derives from”froment”, a French word for wheat, given the wheat-gold color of its wine. Furmint most likely originated in Hungary, or perhaps Italy or Serbia. It spread to southern France in the early Nineteenth Century. Furmint is grown principally in Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Classic Image of Furmint Grapes Furmint image first published in Victor Rendu, Ampelographie francaise, comprenant la statistique, la description des meilleurs cepages, l'analyse chimique du sol et les procedes de culture et de vinification des principaux vignobles de la France. [2nd ed.]Paris: Masson, 1857.

Illustration courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, Wine Literature of the World website.

Furmint juice is high in acid and alcohol content and may be bittersweet. It is best known for sweet dessert wines such as Hungarian Tokaji Aszú, once considered among the greatest wines in the world, and definitely on its way back.

Tokaji Aszú is a fine accompaniment to Foie Gras, Fish Mousse, Crème Brulée (Cream Caramel), and Soufflé aux Oranges (Orange Soufflé). Or enjoy it on its own.

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