Wine Tour Hungary
Wine tour Hungary - A quick intro ...
Now Hungary is still quite a new wine country for a wine tour, but no doubt Hungary has beautiful and flavourful wines that are definitely worth exploring. What could be more adventurous than to get over your prejudices and go on a wine tour to Hungary to taste unknown wines that turned out to be a real happy surprise? You will return home with a relieved heart and long-lasting memories for sure. That is pretty sure what Hungarian wines have in store for you.
Hungary has even more to surprise you during a beautiful wine tour apart from wonderful wines. Hungary also has a delicious cuisine with excellent dishes that deserve to be tasted. The capital Budapest has many richly decorated bistros with richly filled wine cellars and good menu cards that you won’t want to leave. The rest of the country will also surprise you.
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What are the wine regions and best wine routes to visit during your wine tour to Hungary?
Wineroundtrips.com organizes wine tours for you throughout Hungary or a part of this beautiful wine country depending on how much time you have got. This way you get a good idea of what Hungary has to offer. If you want to experience an authentic wine journey, Budapest and its surrounding wine region are already a great start. If you want even more, you can take a private tour through the other wine regions starting and ending in Budapest, or why not from the UK or the US, in combination with another bordering wine country such as Slovenia or Austria.
Hungary has more than 20 wine regions where the Tokaj wine region has been listed as UNESCO world heritage since 2002. For the convenience, we have divided the country into roughly 6 large wine regions where you can combine wine, beautiful nature and culture. Of course, local dishes and cuisine are also important. In every wine region of Hungary, we have a carefully compiled a selection of wineries where you can spend the night and having preferably their own restaurant or one within walking distance of.
Hungary has an amazingly large selection of quality wines. The Tokaj wine and its landscapes, which are registered on the UNESCO world heritage list, are the great example of this. The country mainly produces white wines. Red and sparkling wines are also made there, but to a much lesser extent. The exception to this is the region around the capital Budapest, Etyek-Buda.
Do you want to experience Hungary in all its diversity as a wine lover when it comes to delicious wines and get to know them deeper and better? Then our advice is to book a private tour around 10 to 15 days. If your schedule is tight, you may want to stay a few days in the capital Budapest.
When is the best time to visit Hungary?
Hungary has more than 20 regions, each with its own characteristics and microclimates. With a rich natural environment and many different landscapes, it is possible to visit Hungary as a wine lover all year round, although the train will be more comfortable in the summer. Indeed, some winters can be quite cold. With a private tour, of course, everything will be more comfortable in that regard.
Every month and every season have their advantages. While most visits to wineries and wine tastings take place in the spring due to auction sales, most smaller wineries only open their doors late May. Of course, leaving in the middle of summer is no guarantee for the best weather, but generally speaking there is more chance of good weather between mid-April and mid-September. Yet there are also beautiful days in late fall, winter and early spring which can offer spectacular landscapes especially for those looking to make some nice pictures.
Events around Hungarian wines are held throughout the year in Budapest and the surrounding area. Wine festivals are held throughout the year in various forms. While the general wine festival is usually held in Tokaj in June, the furmint festival – after this special grape – is held in Mád in the month of September. If you want to plan a wine tour around a certain festival, please let us know. Just know that certain dates can be very busy and there is little availability with hotels. It is therefore best, if you already know your dates, to book early in advance.
Hungary has a wide range of accommodations, also for the wine lover with beautiful and modern boutique-style wine hotels and authentic bed & breakfasts. For those who want to do a wine tour and where the accommodations count a little less (understand modern bed & breakfasts instead of authentic), the offer is more than sufficient. For those who want to taste delicious wines and spend the night in authentic accommodation, the choice is somewhat more limited. The largest choice is in the regions around Lake Balaton, around the capital and in the region around Tokaj.
There is also nothing lacking in the gastronomic field. In the capital Budapest there is plenty of choice of world-class bistros with beautifully decorated interiors where you can eat delicious food at a reasonable price. You can also dine at most accommodations while some also do have lunch. Hungary has a number of Michelin restaurants with professional sommeliers who can advise you on the best vintages for an optimal culinary experience. Therefore, do not hesitate any longer and request a free quote for your wine tour to Hungary now.
Wine regions Hungary
The Sopron wine region is on the western side of Hungary on the border with the Austrian Burgenland and the Czech Moravia wine region. An ideal combination if you want to do 3 countries in 1 trip and want to taste a large number of wines and see cultures during your wine tour through Hungary. In this region, wine is as old as the Roman Empire and, more recently, Napoleon. There is a story going around that Napoleon’s soldiers paid with blue Francs at that time in exchange for a unit of wine. Most common grape variety in this region is the Kékfrankos similar to the Austrian Blaufrankisch. The other mostly cultivated grape varieties are the Chardonnay, the Irsai Olivér, the Tramini, the Zöld Veltelini, and the Zenit to name just a few.
Hotels and authentic bed & breakfasts are widely available here. We have selected a handful of authentic accommodations for you based on our high criteria so that you can discover this beautiful wine region in the most comfortable way. The Sopron region is also known for a number of delicious local dishes that you can try in one of the local restaurants. Some of our selected wineries offer the full wine experience with wine tastings, activities, accommodation and restaurant. An example of a beautiful winery is the Pannonhalma Abbey Winery which is a winery and monastery with a beautiful authentic architecture.
The region around Lake Balaton, one of the largest water reservoirs in Europe, does not only include Nagy-Somlo. Other wine areas here are Zala, Balatonfelvidék, Badacsony, Balatonfüred-Csopak, Balatonboglár, and Pannonhalma. This wine region extends roughly from northern Hungary on the border with Slovakia to southern Hungary on the border with Slovenia and Croatia. The region produces both white and red grapes as well as some endemic grape varieties such as the Olaszrizling. Growing vines and producing wine dates back to around the first century at the time of Roman rule.
Nagy-Somlo and the region around Lake Balaton have some beautiful wineries, some of which look more like luxury country houses. Moreover, Lake Balaton is ideally suited for walking, cycling, swimming and enjoying the beautiful nature. Enjoy these activities to relax during your wine tour through Hungary. Other sights that you should not miss in the area are the ruins of the Csobánc and Szigliget castle, the Festetics Palace, Hegyestű – a natural phenomenon due to the volcanic subsoil, and the Villa Romana Baláca.
The region around Budapest consists of the wine areas at Mór, Etyek-Buda directly at Budapest, and Neszmély. Grape varieties include the famous Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, but especially many local varieties such as the Irsai Olivér, Ezerjó – an endemic grape variety -, Tramini, Királyleányka, Olaszrizling, and the Rhine Riesling. The special feature of the area is the high acidity of the grapes and the sunny slopes. This specificity led József Törley, who saw comparisons with the Champagne region in France, to develop the area into the largest sparkling wine area in Hungary.
Of course, you should not miss the capital Budapest, the city on the two sides of the Danube, during your wine tour through Hungary. Other places of interest in the area are the Nagytétény castle, the Gödöllő palace, and a little further on the border with Slovakia is Esztergom, a beautiful town with a beautiful historic centre.
Budapest has good restaurants and beautiful bistros with a wide selection of wines and sometimes even a sommelier for the real wine lover. Good hotels are also not lacking. Outside of Budapest, there are beautiful wineries where as a wine lover can spend the night if you wish to avoid the bustle of the capital.
The next beautiful wine region that your wine tour through Hungary takes you to is the region between Pécs and Kunsag. This region includes the wine regions around Tolna, Szekszárd, Pécs, Villány, Hajós-Baja, Kunság, and Csongrád and lies on the border of Hungary with Serbia and Croatia on the two banks of the Danube. Due to the southern geographical position, the region enjoys more sunshine per year. Moreover, the Danube is an important water supply for agriculture and the vineyards in its immediate surroundings. The main grape variety grown here is the Cirfandli variety that comes from Austria. Other varieties are the Welschriesling, the Chardonnay and the Zierfandler.
Sights are not lacking. Pécs itself is a beautiful city with many architectural forms. Other cities that are worth exploring are Szeged and Kecskemét. The region is also known as a large fertile area with beautiful green landscapes. An activity that you can do well here is horse riding.
The region has a number of beautiful bed & breakfasts and hotels. Most can be found in major cities such as Pécs. Small authentic wineries are plenty here. Some are open to the public.
The wine region around Eger is historically very important for viticulture in Hungary and includes the wine regions at Mátra, Eger, and Bükk. This wine region lies on the route between Budapest and the area with the most famous wines of Hungary, the Tokaj wines. It is therefore an interesting region to discover during your wine tour through Hungary. In addition to the more famous Sauvignon and Pinot noir, or Syrah and other regional grape varieties, many local varieties are grown here such as the Hárslevelű, Királyleányka, Leányka, Muskotály, or the Olaszrizling. In addition to beautiful wines, the region also has authentic wineries with a long history. The Csernyik winery or the Levente Major are beautiful wineries that are certainly worth a visit for tasting delicious wines.
While driving from winery to winery and on to Tokaj, it is worth taking a photo stop at the baroque city of Eger with its beautiful church and castle. This region is quite withdrawn and rural, which means that it lacks real beautiful sights. You can do plenty of nature activities here such as hiking, horse riding or just enjoy the peaceful surroundings. You can spend the night in the La Contessa Hotel, a beautiful authentic building.
Tokaj, in the northeast of Hungary, is the only UNESCO wine region in Hungary. Thus, it may be compared quite well with other UNESCO noted wine regions in Europe. The main grape varieties in the Tokaj region are the Furmint, also the most cultivated here, the Hárslevelu, the Sárga Muskotály, the Zeta, the Kövérszolo, and the Kabar. Thanks to its long wine history and traditions, the Tokaj region also has a number of beautiful wineries, for example the beautiful Erzsébet Pince, where you can taste delicious wines in an authentic setting.
Thanks to its reputation as a wine region, Tokaj is equipped with just about all the comfort a wine lover can imagine with beautiful wine hotels, authentic bed & breakfasts on the wine farms, some with restaurants and even more. Have your wine trip to the Tokaj wine region put together by us and we ensure that everything is arranged for you.
As you can see, Hungary is a beautiful wine country where you can make a nice wine tour with authentic wineries and bed & breakfasts, modern boutique wine hotels, and much more to complete your wine experience. Also, in the culinary field it lacks nothing. Moreover, all regions in Hungary are easy to drive and reach. From Budapest to Tokaj, for example, it is only a 2.5-hour drive. Note that in Hungary there is no tolerance with alcohol. You may therefore discover the country best with a private driver or why not, if you have more time, by train! A large number of wineries is close to a station which makes it easy to take a wine trip by train.
Best wineries to visit
Although most wineries have modern architecture, there are still some jewels with a beautiful authentic shape and hundreds of years old. Hungary also has a number of beautiful castles which also house a winery. You can sleep there and even dine at some. Due to the fall of communism, viticulture unfortunately fell into disrepair for a while and many wineries disappeared at the time, which has greatly reduced the offer. The largest selection of wine hotels and authentic bed & breakfasts can be found in the wine regions around Budapest and Tokaj.
The best accommodation for your wine tour through Hungary
When you go on a wine tour you prefer to sleep in authentic accommodation during your entire stay. Hungary has a large selection of beautiful hotels and bed and breakfasts. Of course, there is no lack of world class hotels in the capital Budapest with luxury 5-star hotels such as the Four Seasons at the Chain Bridge and so on. Also, outside the capital Budapest there are plenty of options and enough varied choice to be able to make a personalized stay. We will put together your ideal tailor-made wine tour with you or book one of our ready-made wine tours.
All accommodations have been selected with great care to best meet your needs and offer you the most authentic wine experience possible. Of course, all accommodation spacious rooms have many facilities and amenities. The largest selection of wine hotels and authentic charming bed & breakfasts can be found in the Budapest region and the Tokaj region with beautiful wineries and chateaux where you can stay.