About us

Palinkerie / Fine Hungarian Imports is a New York-based import and distribution company specializing in fine wines from Hungary. We are the only all-Hungarian importer and distributor of wines in New York. We work hard to bring our customers the most exciting wines emerging from one of Europe’s most distinctive cultures for food and drink.

 

Often described as the agricultural heart of Europe, Hungary has been producing wine for nearly 1000 years.  Our collection consists of our favorite finds from Hungary’s burgeoning fine wine scene: hand-crafted, small-batch, natural wines based on native varietals, expressing the rich diversity and stunning quality of Hungarian wine today.  We represent widely-acclaimed winemakers from several of the country's distinctive wine regions, including Tokaj, Szekszárd, Eger, Villány, Mátra, Badacsony and Somló.

We founded our company in 2013 to share the proud legacy and exciting development of Hungarian wine with consumers in the US.  Hungarian wine presents distinctive terroirs to unearth; fresh flavors to enjoy; rare grapes to pronounce (or mispronounce); and a new world of memories to create.  Welcome to the new old world.  Egészségetekre!

Athena Bochanis was born in Las Vegas.  She received her B.A. in History and German Studies in 2007 (NYU) and her J.D. in 2011 (NYU).  After spending several months in Hungary in 2009 and 2010, she was determined to make a career of promoting Hungarian culture in New York City, especially the wine and pálinka cultures she had become acquainted with while in Budapest.  She devoted an entire year to wine tasting, shadowing importers and distributors, tireless research, and acquainting herself with the winemaking community of Hungary.  Finally, she founded Palinkerie in 2013.  She is a proud New York resident, Budapest regular, and speaker of Hungarian at the intermediate level.