The ultimate A-Z of grapes: H to K

The ultimate A-Z of grapes: H to K

Not too many grapes from H to K so we've put them altogether. Hope you're still reading as we will have a quiz on this later. 


It took me ages to get the accents of the the a and u, so it better be worth it. And for this grape, I suppose it is. Mainly found in Hungary, particularly in Tokaj-Hegyalja, where it is blended with Furmint to produce the sweet, gorgeous dessert wine, Tokaji Aszú. It's also made into a dry wine, which can make for a big, broad, full-bodied white wine, or more gold in colour, with an rich aroma sof spice and elderflower.

What about I?

Not any here, unless you go Googling for names which are synonyms for Petit and Gros Manseng. But I'll leave that up to you.


Kadarka is an old red wine grape varietal, most popular in Hungary. It is an important constituent of the Hungarian red "Bull’s Blood". Kadarka wine is characterised by full, easily recognizable taste, deep aroma and dark or medium dark colour.


Used to make some of Turkey’s best red wine. Rich deep ruby in colour, well-balanced, with a lasting and charming aroma of red fruit, vanilla, and cocoa. It has a light, fresh, and elegant finish. You'll have had it while on holidays in Turkey, but it never quite gets to these shores. 


Kerner is an aromatic white grape. It was bred in 1929 by August Herold by crossing Trollinger (a red variety also known as Schiava grossa) with Riesling. Shows aromas of mixed white fruits, with hints of apple, grapefruit and mango.


Another feat of keyboard magic to get the accent over that letter c. This is an ancient variety of grape that is indigenous for Montenegro. Makes a high quality dry white wine. The wine is quite rich. But alas, doesn't make it here.