The wine-growing area lies on the southern shore of Lake Balaton
(Balaton) in Hungary
. Wine growing was demonstrably already practised here in the 1st century. It was formed in 1977 from the qualitatively better areas of Zala County with the river of the same name. Between 1999 and 2012 the wine-growing area was called "Balatonmellék" and since 2012 it was called Zala again. It is divided into three areas: Csáford, Szentgyörgyvár and Mura. The vineyards on brown forest soil cover about 2,200 hectares of vineyard area. The most important white wine varieties are Chardonnay
, Olaszrizling(Welschriesling), Rizlingszilváni(Müller-Thurgau
) and Zöld Veltelini(Grüner Veltliner
), the most important red wine variety is Zweigelt
. Well-known producers are Bussay László and Vinum Veress.