Jewel of Hungary: Exploring Tokaj, From Cellar to Vineyard

Take a long weekend to experience Hungarian wine country at its best in one of the world's oldest wine regions.

This volcanic region produces some of the world’s best sweet wine, as well as amazing dry Furmint (and other native varieties). Tokaj is one of the most famed sweet wine regions, the first delimited wine region in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Viticultural traditions here date back at least 1,000 years. Everything about Tokaj—from its mixture of loess and volcanic clay soil and its microclimate (ideal for bringing on the mythical noble rot) to its indigenous grape varieties and its subterranean labyrinth of mold-covered cellars—contributes to the distinctive personality of its wines. This weekend will be an unforgettable wine experience with visits to wineries which have been following hundreds-of-year-old traditions, reviving historic vineyards, and also doing things in their own modern ways. You’ll head deep into mould-covered cellars, and up into grand cru vineyards. You’ll taste a mix of dry and sweet wines, but don’t expect to drink any reds!

Tour Price Includes

  • 4 winery visits (with tastings)

  • All breakfasts and 5 other meals (home-cooked and at restaurants)

  • 3 nights accommodation at a winery hotel

  • Other sightseeing (listed in itinerary below)

  • Transportation by car (or minibus for larger groups), with a private driver

  • Experienced local wine-specialized guide


  • Private Tour

  • Tour includes airport transfers


Day 1 - Welcome to Tokaj

• Arrival – Arrive at the Budapest Airport, where you will meet your wine guide and driver for a private transfer straight to the Tokaj wine region.

• Evening – Check in to your room at the Degenfeld Castle Hotel, where you’ll be based for the next 3 nights. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of sparkling Furmint from the Degenfeld Winery, which, like the vineyards, are located right there on-site. Relax, take a stroll in the vineyards, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or taste some wine in the cellar.

• Dinner – At leisure at the hotel restaurant (excluded).

Day 2 - Explore Tokaj's Different Wine Styles

• Morning – After breakfast, meet your guide and head off for a tour and tasting at one of the most spectacular wineries in Tokaj. The cellar system here is dug deep into the rhyolite tuff, formed from volcanic ash, and is one of the longest in the region. You’ll get your first lesson in the fascinating intricacies of winemaking in Tokaj, and taste a variety of styles of wine, from dry to sweet.

• Afternoon – Move on to a nearby village to visit a small family-owned winery, where we will feast on a private home-cooked meal along with a tasting of the family’s wines.

• Evening – Visit one of the region’s best boutique wineries, located in the center of the Tokaj village. Located in a home which once belonged to a Russian czar, the winery makes modern-style single vineyard dry wines, as well as wonderful sweet wines. We’ll taste a range of them.

• Dinner – Dinner at a winery-owned restaurant, situated next to the vineyards. You can taste a range of their wines along with the meal.

Day 3 - Grand Cru Vineyards, and Historic Towns

• Morning – After breakfast, meet your guide and head off to visit one of the boutique wineries lining the main street in Mád, one of Tokaj’s most important historic wine-making villages.

• Afternoon – Drive up to a scenic vineyard, overlooking Mád, for a picnic lunch … with plenty of wine, of course! Soak in the views of Tokaj’s grand cru vineyards all around.• Visit the town of Sarospatak, a historic university town. You’ll visit the stunning library, which is regularly featured in lists of the world’s most beautiful libraries.

• Evening – Head back to the hotel for some down time.

• Dinner – Dinner at a contemporary Hungarian restaurant, owned by one of the most prominent wineries in Mád.

Day 4 - Say Goodbye!

• Morning – On the way out of the the Tokaj region stop and visit Mád’s restored Baroque Synagogue, built in the late 1700s.

• Afternoon — Have a light lunch, and then head back to the Budapest airport.

Post Tour Option: Stay and Explore Budapest

If you don’t need to rush home, let us help you plan a post-wine tour stay in Budapest! From guided walking tours, to private wine tastings, just let us know what you are interested in and we’ll draw up an itinerary!

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