Highlights of the tour to Hungary:
- Two diverse, yet interesting and unique wine regions of Northern Hungary
- Exploring Tokaj wine region, the part of UNESCO world heritage
- Visiting Hollókő an ethnographic village in Hungary and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Discovering the secrets of Tokaj’s Aszú wines, tasting the most famous grape of the region: Furmint
Program of the tour:
Departure from Budapest at 8:30 a.m. to Eger. Hollókő is the one of the last islands, where the traditions are preserved and shared with the visitors. So we are going to visit the village and have lunch there in the homes of the locals. Later we start exploring the Eger wine region wines with one of the most interesting winemakers. We will taste top Eger wines with the winemaker. Transfer and check-in at the Hotel, free time at your leisure, for further exploration. You might wish to visit the Eger Castle, enjoy the thermal bath of Eger or simply stroll in the narrow baroque streets. We meet again in the evening for dinner in the fanciest wine-restaurant of the city. Overnight in Eger.
Key experiences in the morning will include a walking tour in the beautiful historical town of Eger: the visit to the Monstrous Basilica – the second largest in Hungary – Dobó Square and the Archbishop’s Cellar. We deserve a little rest after the tiring sightseeing in a wine bar. We taste the elegant, high quality wines of Eger region and blend our own “Bikavér”. Lunch will be offered during the program. Our next stop is an extremely unique place; old cave dwellings, home of former settlers. We take a ride among the vineyards on a jeep or horse carriage to the caves. Wine tasting with cellar visits and dinner at one of the most appreciated wineries of the region. Later during the second wine tasting of the day, our host, the winemaker explains terroir and professionalism. His philosophy is very simple: the quality of wine depends on the health of the grapes in vineyards. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Eger.
We check-out from the hotel after breakfast and head to the historic wine region of Tokaj. After 90 minutes’ journey, we arrive to Mád village, to the heart of the region, to learn about the jewish heritage of the region. Our local expert guide is telling us about the golden age of Tokaj, the history of a local family and their connection to wine. Later we grabb our picnic baskets full of local products and of course some wines and climb up to a tiny hill. In case of unfavourable weather, lunch at a local restaurant. Hiding away in the underground world we drive to a nearby village and check-in at our hotel. After having some time for relaxation we drive back to MÁD for dinner. Transfer back to the Hotel. Overnight in Tokaj.
In the morning we head to a nearby village to follow our journey to the botrytised sweet wine world. We taste some late harvest and Aszú wines at one of the region’s biggest winery and cellar. Goulash for lunch is going to be prepared in open air in one of the cellars of the UNESCO World Heritage Site cellar row village. The afternoon is for visiting the city of Tokaj, where we have an hour free time, before visiting the regions famous Rákóczi cellar. Visit and tasting. Transfer to the Hotel. Cellar visit followed by a wine dinner in the elegant restaurant. Overnight in Tokaj.
To kick off the day we meet a lady winemaker in a nearby village. She will guide our feet in her cellar and explain how hand-crafted wines of exceptional quality are made. Our Tokaj programme ends with a lunch at a wine estate owned restaurant, at the foot of the vineyards. Some can walk in the vineyards or climb up the hill to touch the funny shape rocks. For a short relax some may climb up the hill or just stroll in the vineyards, before leaving the region. We arrive to Budapest in the evening. The evening is for free, for exploring Budapest or an optional Wine Bar Tour can be booked.