Budapest itself was once an important wine-growing area. The Budafok neighborhood still does, in fact, produce more than 70 percent of Hungary’s sparkling wine. Its limestone cellars, with their steady cool temperatures, are ideal for storing the sparkling wine. Buda and the area west of Budapest together make up the Etyek-Buda wine region, which stretches south to Lake Velence. While most of the sparkling wine produced in Budafok is done by large sparkling wine companies, the charming village of Etyek is full of some excellent boutique wineries, and plenty of small family wineries which are set among the vineyards. The region produces mostly crisp whites, as well as some of the best pinot noir in the country. The village holds a few different old cellar rows, and there are also several artisan food producers who can be visited. Etyek, just a short drive from Budapest, is the quickest way to experience the Hungarian wine country if you have limited time.
Our Market Walk & Vineyard Tour combines a morning tour of Budapest’s Central Market, followed by lunch in Etyek and an afternoon spent visiting two wineries.
In Etyek we offer private Wine Day Tours, which are customized to suit your interests. Because of its close proximity to Budapest, we can offer both half-day and full-day tours to Etyek.
• Since it is the closest wine region to Budapest the tour will not involve much travel time.
• You’ll taste plenty of crisp and fresh Sauvignon blancs, chardonnays, and grüner veltliners. The main (and practically only) red wine in the region is pinot noir.
• Visiting hospitable boutique wineries, which are situated right amongst their vineyards, is a memorable experience.
• If you have more time, other places which can be visited include a pálkinka distillery, a potter’s workshop, a cheesemaker, and the workshop of one of the country’s top ham producers.
• Walking in the vineyards next to the wineries and checking out the several amazing cellar rows made of limestone.
• A region’s wine is closely intertwined with its food, and in this region there is plenty of great food—from meals at a winery-owned restaurant, to meals prepared and served at a winery.
Etyek is a 40-minute drive west of Budapest, so it is ideally located for a half-day wine tour, or even just a nice wine country lunch or dinner.