Hungary Wine Tours
Hungary is a nation known for many things: for its fairy-tale castles; for its gentle, rolling hills; for the grandeur and vibrancy of Budapest itself. What it’s less well-known for, sadly, is the wine. Phylloxera, war and communist doctrine may have once upon a time stifled the country’s reputation as a world-leading wine producer, but that doesn’t mean it now offers anything but sheer, unbridled quality.
At SmoothRed we possess an intimate familiarity with Hungary and it’s wines – we’ve been, we’ve seen and we’ve experienced the very best hand-picked wineries and hotels for our tours. Give our office a call or e-mail us today. You won’t be disappointed. Oh and Egészségére! (or cheers!)
Budapest is a popular short break destination from the UK and with good reason. With flight times under 2h30mins from London, it’s convenient, short haul and completely fascinating. Split by the mighty Danube, the Hungarian capital is divided into Buda and Pest, with Buda being a little calmer and more residential and Pest comprising of the inner city with a vast array of sightseeing ‘must do’s’.
Embarking on a river cruise along the Danube will afford splendid views of the impressive, gothic revivalist style Hungarian Parliament building, whilst a walk up to the Fisherman’s Bastion, will give you a bird’s eye view of the entire city (there’s a funicular too for the more relaxed adventurer!). Back in the city, why not take a plunge into the Széchenyi Baths, a refreshing experience, especially in the colder months as you dip in and out of sauna’s and geothermally heated pools amongst local playing chess on floating boards whilst they put the world to rights!
Hungary used to be at the forefront of European wine production. With 22 vine packed regions and 4 major areas of cultivation; Eger, central and closest to Budapest, Tokaj in the north east, Villány in the south near the Croatian border and Somló near Lake Balaton in the far west of Hungary. From the ‘nectar’ of the sweet whites of Tokaji (as mentioned in Hungary’s national anthem) to the legendary, full-bodied ‘bulls-blood’ reds of Eger, Hungary’s wines are as eclectic as they are memorable, from the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc ,Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Merlot grape varietals, to the more local Harslevelu, Isai Oliver, Fermint among the whites and Kekfrankos and Potuguieser for the reds.
Interestingly, the Egri Bikavér or ‘bulls-blood’ supposedly gets its name from the Siege of Eger circa 1552, when Ottoman forces, impressed by the Hungarian defensive qualities alleged there must have been bull’s blood in the wine, strengthening their resolve!
From full bodied to sweet and fresh, Hungary boasts a wide variety of wines that you’ll have the pleasure of sampling on one of our Hungarian wine tours. Look out for the famous Tokaj Aszu, a staple in every Hungarian restaurant, it’s a dessert wine that’s categorised in puttonyos, a sugar scale with 3 climbing to 6 puttonyos for super sweet.
“Sit back and relax, SmoothRed will take you on a faultless, varied, and interesting wine (and gastronomic!) tasting tour in your region of choice. 90 happy people have now been wowed by Bordeaux, Rioja, Tuscany, Languedoc, and Alsace courtesy of SmoothRed. You only live once, so stop sipping it at home and start enjoying it where it is lovingly created, courtesy of the experts at SmoothRed” Hoares Bank
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