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 Furmint

Furmint

Glossary term

Furmint

The white variety is the most important for the production of the famous Hungarian Tokay . The origin of the already very old vine is unknown, there are also a number of some legendary guesses. The best known version is that the Hungarian King Béla IV (1235-1270) in the 13th Century Italians brought into the country, supposedly brought their Lieblingsrebe. The name is attributed to the Italian town of Formia (Lazio). Other sources claim that the variety in the 17th Century was imported from Venice by a (eponymous) Princess Formentini. Mentioned for the first time in Hungary, but it was only in 1623. This speaks against the first version because it is not clear why they did not have several centuries to be mentioned. If the origin is actually in Italy,...
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