Wine Tasting in Budapest
Hungary is home to 22 wine-making regions in which varied wineries produce rich reds and sweet whites. The country’s volcanic soil and dry summers combine to provide ideal conditions for the vineyards to thrive. Here are a few ways to savor the flavors of Hungarian wine in and around Budapest.
Many of Hungary’s most popular wines are produced in the fertile hills north of Budapest, where conditions are perfect for a diverse range of grape varietals to flourish. With subtle and delicate honey flavors, the white dessert wines from Tokaj blendfurmint harsleveluandmuskotalygrape varieties beautifully, and rank among the most popular wines produced in Hungary. Full-bodied reds from Eger—featuring varietals includingbibor kadarka,blauburger,kadarka, andkekfrankos—are also often found on the capital’s restaurant tables.
Spin through theEtyek wine region, visiting family-run cellars to sample the delicate white wines in production and learn of traditional wine-making techniques
Take to theDanube Riveron a wine-tasting cruise, and sample wines from Hungarian wineries like Szajki as you drift past sights such as the Buda Castle
Combine a wine-tasting experience with a visit to Budapest’s bustlingfood market, where vendors hawk ultra-fresh ingredients with local and regional flavors
ExploreSomlo and Lake Balatonon a day trip from Budapest, and visit some of the traditional wineries for which the region is famous