Hungarian Wine Discovered

The wines of Hungary have been one of the region's best-kept secrets. Discover the world of Hungarian wine with a little help from your friends at Four Seasons.

Jul 19, 2010
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Decanting brings out the beautiful bouquets of Hungarian reds.
Decanting brings out the beautiful bouquets of Hungarian reds.
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Explore the vineyards of Hungary.
Explore the vineyards of Hungary.
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Stroll the cellar of a Hungarian winery.
Stroll the cellar of a Hungarian winery.
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With excellent whites, reds and sweets, Hungary has a right to boast about its wines while visitors have a diverse and unique tasting opportunity, since little Hungarian wine is exported.

The easiest way to tour Hungary’s vineyards and wineries is to have a Concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest arrange a car and driver for a half- or full-day wine tour based on guests’ tastes.

The Etyek wine region is just 30 minutes from Budapest, the Eger and Villány regions are two hours away, and the famous Tokaj region is three hours away. The beautiful Lake Balaton region is only an hour and a half from Budapest and features wonderful whites. It’s also home to Central Europe’s largest lake.

Thirsty for more? The Bar at Four Seasons offers 21 Hungarian wines by the glass. Wine lover Andrea Colla, the Hotel’s Food and Beverage Director, can be found there and may be available to recommend Hungarian wines and wineries based on guests’ preferences. His favourite is Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos because of its uniqueness and comparability to Sauternes dessert wine. Colla also loves visiting St. Andrea Winery in the Eger region since it produces elegant wines in keeping with traditional Hungarian grape varieties, such as Kadarka and Egri Bikavér. Other staff favourites include Attila Gere wines (Villány), particularly its Solus 2006, a Merlot known for its bouquet and that’s difficult to find outside of the Budapest Four Seasons.

If you just can’t get enough Hungarian wine, call the Concierge (36-1-268-6000) and book a seat at one of the Hotel’s quarterly wine dinners with select Hungarian and Italian winemakers. The next one is late September and will feature Bock (Villány) and Sassicaia (Tuscany).

Winery Recommendations by Region
Etyek: Haraszthy Vallejo Winery
Eger: St. Andrea Winery and Gróf Buttler Winery
Villány: Wunderlich Valley Wine Cellars
Tokaj: Gróf Degenfeld Winery, Disznókó Winery and Oremus Winery
Lake Balaton: Jásdi Pince Wine Cellar and Ottó Légli Winery


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