The Pannonhalma hills, otherwise called the Sokoró hills, are the smallest wine- region in Hungary although it has the longest wine-making tradition. The wine-region is situated in Győr-Moson-Sopron County. From a geographical point of view it belongs to Bakony hills, which is part of the Transdanubian Mountains.
Grapevines have been grown on the eastern; and south-eastern slopes of Pannonhalma hills since Roman times. According to historians our conquering ancestors found prospering vine-yards on the Sokoró hills. The deed of foundation relating to Pannonhalma Abbey, decreed by King Saint Stephen, dating from 1002, mentions vine as the first item on the list of crops to be delivered as tithe.
The wine-region comprises 13 villages (Écs, Felpéc, Győr-Ménfőcsanak, Győrság, Győrszemere, Győrújbarát, Kajárpéc, Nyalka, Nyúl, Pannonhalma, Pázmándfalu, Ravazd and Tényő). The registered vine-yards consist of 650 hectares cultivated by about 500 wine-growers.
The dominant grape varieties include Italian Riesling, Rhine Riesling, Tramini, Királyleányka (Hungaricum), Chardonay, Mueller Thurgau; in addition the recently planted new vines, such as Blaufrankisch, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, add to the range of varieties in the wine-region. Nowadays wine-making enterprises have strengthened and created their own images.
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