The branding of Vinnea Pannoniae Nobilis Districtus wine region originates from the 3rd century from Emperor Probus, a branding of origin, which is the oldest in Europe. The land with volcanic heritage had already been inhabited by the Celts and later the Romans had a significant viniculture here. After the Hungarian Conquest the “Kál” clan settled down in the area.
Thus the production of Hungarian wine after the Conquest had a triple base: first, the Hungarian traditions brought from Central Asia and the Caucasus, secondly, the practice taken from the Romans in the area of Pannonia, thirdly, the knowledge and refined taste brought by the converting Benedictine Order and later on some other teaching orders from Italy, Burgundy, Anjou and the Rhine Valley.
This wine region can be found in the middle of Transdanubia in the western-middle section of the northern shore of Lake Balaton. Its area is not homogeneous,it is just connected because the Badacsony Wine Region is enclosed in its middle part:
- The eastern part of it (which is actually the Káli Basin) lies between the Balatonfüred-Csopak Wine Region and the Badacsony Wine Region,
- Its western part is the Keszthely-plateau, or rather the greater neighbourhood of Sümeg. The total area is 5,200 hectares, 5,140 of which is first class quality. The area which is planted with grape-vine is 1,508 hectares.
The whole wine region is part of the Balaton Highlands National Park.
The Lake Balaton Wine Region can be characterized by the partial continuation of the 2,000-year-old Roman vinicultural tradition
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