South Hungarian wine tour

  • Destination: Hungary
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Price: euro690

Villány is one of Hungary’s most characteristic wine regions, its prestige being earned through centuries of winemaking traditions and its truly wonderful wines. Its soil – loess and clay topsoil on sea-based crusty limestone – is very suitable for striking, full-bodied red wines. The quality and characteristics of the wines are mostly conditioned by the […]

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Villány is one of Hungary’s most characteristic wine regions, its prestige being earned through centuries of winemaking traditions and its truly wonderful wines. Its soil – loess and clay topsoil on sea-based crusty limestone – is very suitable for striking, full-bodied red wines. The quality and characteristics of the wines are mostly conditioned by the location of the vineyards.

Our vineyards are protected from the north wind by the east-western site of the hills. The southern slopes get plenty of sunshine and therefore warm up easily. Here we enjoy the highest number of sunny hours in the whole country.

Beside the special soil and climatic conditions, centuries-old winemaking traditions make Villány the most famous of all red wine-making regions of Hungary.

The history of viticulture reaches back to the Celts and Romans. Even the people of these ancient civilizations realised the merits of the gently sloped hills, the sunshine and the climate for winemaking.

External influences (settlers, new vines and methods) have always played a major role and become an organic part of our winemaking traditions. Kadarka was introduced by the Serbs fleeing from the army of the Ottoman Empire, whilst Portugieser was brought by the Germans settled here during the reign of Marie Theresa. The latter also built the cellars that determine the face of Villány today.
The phylloxera vine-pest epidemic of the 19th Century reached Villány as well. It was thanks to Zsigmond Teleki, a viticulturist of Villány, who managed the selective breeding of more resistant vines, that the vineyards all over Europe could be replanted. The introduction of contemporary breeds and development of new hybrids once again gave momentum to the Villány wine region.

Today’s most important change was the introduction of new appellation control regulations in 2006 for Villány winemakers. These regulations are tougher than those laws regarding winemaking in general in Hungary. The symbol of appellation control is the first legally protected Hungarian plant, a special spring crocus that lives exclusively on the slopes of Szársomlyó Hill in Villány.

 

Itinerary:
Day 1
• Welcome at Vienna or Budapest or Bratislava airport / railway station, transfer to Štúrovo, hotel check in.
• City tour of Štúrovo, Chateau Belá (www.chateau-bela.com) wine tasting,
• Lunch at Welya (www.welya.eu),
• In the afternoon visit to Esztergom (The famous and the 3rd biggest Basilica in Europe)
• Dinner and wine tasting at Prímás Pince wine-cultural and tourism center (www.primaspince.hu)

Day 2
• After breakfast proceed to Villány (www.benehaz.hu), stop over at Budapest, city tour, wine tasting (www.katonaborhaz.hu), (www.torley.hu),

Day 3
• After breakfast visit to Villány vineyards and wine tasting
• Sightseeing and lunch at Günzer Tamás Pincészete (www.borpinceszet.hu)
• Afternoon spa at Harkány Spa (www.harkanyfurdo.hu)
• Dinner at Tenkes Csárda (www.tenkescsarda.hu),
• Back to Villány in the evening

Day 4
• After breakfast wine tasting, visit to vineyards and lunch at Sauska Winery (www.sauska.hu)
• Afternoon visit to castle Siklósi (www.siklosivar.hu) and spa at Siklós Thermal Spa (www.siklosfurdo.hu),
• Back to Villány, dinner at Agancsos (www.agancsos.hu)

Day 5
• After breakfast wine tasting, visit to vineyards and lunch  at Vylyan Winery (www.vylyan.hu),
• In the afternoon visit to the city of to Pécs (www.pecs.hu)
• Transfer to Budapest, Vienna or Bratislava airport / railway station

Price includes: Accommodation with breakfast, transfers between cities, all wine tastings, all meals, and all entrance fees
Price excludes: Airfare to/from Vienna or Budapest or Bratislava, travel insurance, any other costs not included in the package