Sopron has one of the oldest of Hungary’s 22 wine producing regions. Winegrowing was a common practice here since the time of the Celts and at the height of the Roman Empire. In the 14th century, our wine producing region was one of the most significant in Hungary and it had a good international reputation. The outstanding wines of Sopron were the favourite drinks of kings and archdukes. At the time of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy the wine producing region of Sopron-Rust-Bratislava was considered a single region. The 1,500 hectare slopes around Lake Fertő are the most valuable parts of our wine producing region. The wine grown here has a special character from the unique micro-climate around the lake and the mineral rich soil. In 1987 the International Organization for Grapevines and Wine gave Sopron’s wine producing area a singular recognition with the title “City of Grapevines and Wine.” There are few wine producing areas with such a large variety of wines, from good, dry white wines to full-bodied red wines and to the noblest late vintage. Sopron is the capital of Blue Frankish wine production. In addition to Blue Frankish wine, large amounts of Zweigelt, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot und Pinot Noir are produced. Green Veltelini, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Tramini, Zenit and Early Red Veltelini are typical white wine grapes.