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Hidden Treasures: Volcanic Wines and Timeless Terroir in Somló and Badacsony

Take a long weekend to visit several of Hungary's unique volcanic wine regions, with Somló as your base.

Somló is a tiny, but mighty wine region—packed with characters, magical scenery, unique volcanic wines, and timeless wineries. Somló wines tend to be elegant, high in alcohol, acidic, and with lots of minerality. They are age-worthy white wines, mostly made from native Hungarian varieties, some of which are grown almost nowhere else. With just one hotel and no real restaurants, visiting Somló is a distinctly un-touristy experience, a truly peaceful setting for a quiet weekend. This trip will also take you to some other special hills on the shore of Lake Balaton, which are producing some of Hungary’s most unique (and delicious) white wines. This weekend will be packed with some seriously stunning views, and lots of volcanic deliciousness. Be sure to pack your hiking boots if you’d like to explore the hill

Tour Price Includes

  • 5 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

Details

  • Private Tour

  • Tour includes airport transfers

Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Somló

  • Arrival – Arrive at the Budapest Airport, where you will meet your wine guide and driver for a private transfer straight to the Somló wine region.
  • Evening – Check in to your room at the Kreinbacher Estate, where you’ll be based for the next 3 nights. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of Kreinbacher sparkling wine (made in the traditional method; it’s the country’s finest sparkler). Relax, take a walk in the vineyards, or head further into the volcanic Somló hill. Or get started tasting some Somlói wines right away on the terrace!
  • Dinner – At leisure at the hotel restaurant (excluded).

Day 2 - Explore Somló’s Tiny Cellars, and Big wines

  • Morning – After breakfast, meet your guide and head off to start your exploration of the region’s native grapes: Furmint, Olaszrizling, Hárslevelu, and Juhfark. We’ll start the day by visiting a small winery, where we’ll taste with the winemaker and take a look at his vineyards.
  • Afternoon – Lunch at the hotel, followed by a tour and tasting at the Kreinbacher Winery. Though Kreinbacher is best known for its stunning sparkling wine, it makes a range of wines (including a Syrah, rare for the Somló region).
  • Hike to the top of the Somló hill, where you’ll find an old fortified castle, and few Medieval churches along the way. Or head to Lake Balaton for a swim (or look around) the lake.
  • Evening – Drive to Szentgyörgy hill, an idyllic section of the Badacsony wine region, where wines benefit from the unique volcanic ic terroir. We’ll have a tasting at family winery, which specializes in the region’s indigenous grapes. After the tasting, we’ll head upstairs to the winery’s restaurant (with views of the hills and lake), for dinner (and more wine tasting).

Day 3 - Kál Basin and Badacsony: Hotspots for Unique Wines

  • Morning – After breakfast, meet your guide and head up the Somló hill for another winery visit.
  • Afternoon – Drive to the Kál Basin—a beautiful volcanic hilly area to the north of the Balaton, punctuated by small villages and nature reserves. Explore the area a bit, and then taste a few relaxed glasses of wines at some of the wineries in town. Have lunch at one of the town’s excellent restaurants.
  • Evening – Head to Badacsony, which is next to Lake Balaton, for a winery visit, followed by dinner at a winery-owned restaurant overlooking the lake.

Day 4 - Say Goodbye!

  • Morning – After breakfast, take a final walk around Somló hill.
  • Afternoon – Stop for lunch at a gorgeous winery-owned restaurant (serving contemporary Hungarian cuisine) in Balatonfüred, an old spa town next to the lake. If time allows, take a walk around town.

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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