Hungary offers an excellent price-performance ratio. Red wines that can compete with quality Italian or French wines are available at a low cost. Due to its land-locked location and the shielding effect of the mountains, Hungary enjoys a relatively dry, continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. In other words, the best conditions for growing aromatic, white varieties of grapes, as well as red varieties which are able to fully ripen here. Between 1945 and 1989, Hungarian wine cultivation suffered under the Communist system: During this period little attention was paid to the quality, instead quantity was all important, and individual wine cultivation for commercial purposes was severely restricted. However, certain great traditional wines, such as the Tokajer, were pressed even in this difficult period. With the democratisation of the last two decades, wine cultivation has returned to its roots to respond to the current demand for fresh, fruity, fragrant white, rosé and red wines that are rich in aroma.