Irsai Olivér is a relatively recent grape variety, developed in Hungary in the early 20th century by crossing the Csabagyöngye and Pozsonyi Fehér grape varieties, making it a relatively new addition to the world of wine grapes
Varietal Origin: Irsai Olivér is native to Hungary, specifically developed by Hungarian grape breeder Pál Kocsis in the early 20th century. It is a Hungarian specialty and is not widely grown outside of Hungary.
Taste Profile: Irsai Olivér wines are known for their aromatic and fruity character. They typically exhibit floral and tropical fruit aromas, such as elderflower, jasmine, and tropical fruits like mango and pineapple. On the palate, Irsai Olivér wines are light-bodied with moderate acidity, and they are often described as refreshing and easy-drinking, with a touch of sweetness in some styles.
Regional Styles: Irsai Olivér is primarily used to produce still white wines, often as single-varietal bottlings. It is typically vinified in stainless steel tanks to preserve its vibrant and aromatic character. Irsai Olivér wines are often consumed young, as they are best enjoyed for their aromatic and fruity profile.