HUNGARY may no longer have active volcanoes, but it does have a spectacular volcanic history. Nestled in the embrace of the Carpathian Mountains, the Pannonian Basin was an area of hyperactive volcanism from shortly after dinosaurs roamed the earth to just a couple of million years ago – you needn’t travel far in Hungary to find volcanic rocks.
Hungary also has a glorious wine history. The Hungarian word for wine, <bor> is one of only two in Europe not derived from Latin, testifying to the ancient Magyars already-established connection to wine. During the Renaissance, Hungary produced some of the world’s most sought-after elixirs. But the future is even more exciting, as Hungarians rediscover their superb collection of volcanic terroirs, forgotten or mistreated for much of the 20th century.