Villany is both a town and region in the southernmost part of Hungary, located at the confluence of the Great Hungarian Plain, the Baranya Hills and the Villanya Mountains. One of Hungary’s best wine regions, known primarily for its reds and roses, the winemaking traditions in Villany can be traced back to Roman times.
The Villany-Siklos wine route claims to be the first established in Hungary in 1994. Following the route allows visitors to stop at some of the country’s best vineyards in Kopar and Jammertal and to taste wine by some of Hungary’s top winemakers: Bock, Gere and Tiffan.
The town of Villany itself is charming with its Swabian style whitewashed cellars, most of which are still in use. Elsewhere in the area, visitors may enjoy the thermal baths in Harkany or the medieval castle in Siklos. The nearby city of Pecs is also a popular tourist destination, boasting a 4th century Christian necropolis that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The town of Villany is a three hour drive from Budapest. Buses to Villany leave from Budapest’s Nepliget bus station, with the trip taking about four hours. The town is just 40 minutes from the city of Pecs by car and trains from Pecs, Mohacs and Osijek run to Villany regularly. Visiting the wineries throughout the region is best done with your own vehicle or by booking a tour.