Wine tour of Villány by car from Budapest
Minimum age: 18
- English-speaking guide will show you the best of Villány
- Three seperate winery visits
- Six to eight wines to try at each winery
- Lunch feast of regional specialties
- Local cheese and charcuterie board
All about the trip
Red wine lovers visiting Hungary will certainly want to make their way south to Villány.
The country’s southernmost region is often referred to as the “Mediterranean of Hungary”. Here, the climate is warmer, so the grapes grow richer. The conditions are perfect for producing really full-bodied red wines.
In the mid-1990s when Villány’s winemakers began to re-think and re-develop the region, the focus was on oaky Bordeaux-style blends. Today, winemakers are still making Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc blends; however more recently they have been branching-out into other directions.
In the past two decades, it has become clear that Cabernet Franc is the real super-star of the region. Tasting the premier single varietal Cabernet Francs here, which local winemakers have dubbed “Villányi Franc” to help with the branding, is a tasting pleasure like no other. Other grape varieties to pay attention to include, Kékfrankos and Portugieser.
Villány itself is a charming village with a strong Swabian influence. This is evident in its rows of traditional whitewashed cellars, which are still in use to this day.
Interestingly, white grapes, such as Olaszrizling and Hárslevelű, are also grown here but in only one section of the region, named, Siklós.
The wineries we visit are a mix of the traditional, the experimental, and the modern. We’ll visit the production areas, wander in the vineyards, and tour the ageing cellars. We’ll also meet the winemakers themselves; the very people who are the beating heart of this ancient practice. Your guide will tell you the complete story throughout the day’s tour.
The tour also includes a platter of local cheese or charcuterie along with a wine to sample. We will also enjoy a slow-cooked lunch together, either homemade at a winery or at a winery-owned restaurant; this becomes the perfect opportunity to learn how Hungarian cuisine compliments the locally-crafted wine.
This comprehensive tour is just perfect for wine enthusiasts everywhere to learn about a lesser-known but equally-important region on the world’s stage of wine production.Watch on Youtube
What is included in the price
- 10% discount on purchases at 'The Tasting Table' (winery in Budapest)
- Our Budapest Food and Wine Guide
- Transportation to and from your hotel or accommodation available from around Budapest
What is not included in the price
- Gratuity tips for your servers
Please note that this tour is not wheelchair accessible. This tour is not recommended for pregnant travellers, travellers with back or heart problems or any other serious medical conditions.
All Taste Hungary guides will always be holding a Taste Hungary tote bag so they can be easily identified.
Please bring ID and your booking reservation.
This tour requires good weather. If we need to cancel due to poor weather you will be offered a different date or a full refund.
This activity is organised by Taste Central Europe LLC (Taste Hungary), Washington DC, 20001, United States, +36 30 690 4913, email@example.com.
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