Wine

26th International Wine Festival

7-10th September, 2017 - Budapest, Castle District


Golf is a bit like a great wine, you need to let it breathe a little bit before you commence.

 

 

The thousand-year history of Hungarian vine-growing and wine-making is founded upon ancient eastern traditions brought by the Magyars themselves, surviving Roman viticultural know-how in Pannonia, the Benedictine and other monastic orders and settlers from Italy and Burgundy, later to be perfectly adopted by Hungarian viticulturists.


The great variety of Hungarian wines, which were already rivalling those of Italy in Roman times, is thanks to a unique climate and great variety of soils. It is no wonder that among all the languages spoken in Europe, only the Greeks and the Hungarians have completely independent words of their own for wine.


Hungary is among the world’s top 25 winemaking countries, so it is no accident that it is a wine-drinking nation. Our 22 wine regions differ widely in size, location, and the character of their wines, but in each, you can find those types and traditions, which have determined the distinctive production techniques.


Today, wine culture is enjoying a renaissance in Hungary: 27 wine trail societies operate in the 22 regions. The wine trail produces a formal, organised itinerary within the wine region, bringing together production, culture, architecture, and tourist services built upon tradition, with the local quality wines at the hub, complemented of course by the specialities of the local cuisine, since food and drink together – that is, the harmony of flavours – is indispensable to the connoisseur.


It is thanks to generations of wine-makers that Hungary is home to such unique wines as the Bull’s Blood of Eger and Szekszárd, and Tokaji aszú, hailed by Louis XIV of France as the king of wines and wine of kings.


Come to Hungary and discover what it’s like to be a king and drink a wine fit for a king!