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Christian Gelbe-Haussen

Christian was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, and lived there for 30 years until he decided to pack up his family and move to Budapest. He had been visiting the city his whole life, as his parents are Hungarian, and grew up speaking Hungarian at home. Christian studied law and economics and worked in the insurance industry until he decided to switch careers and follow his passion for wine, particularly Hungarian wine. He is looking forward to further exploring Hungary’s wine regions now that he is based in Budapest.


  • Best Contribution to Wine & Spirits Tourism

  • Traveller's Choice 2020

  • Wine Writing Award 2020

  • Wine Writing Award 2019

  • Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame

  • Best Wine Tour Operator Winner in 2017 & 2018

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    Certificate of Excellence Winner (2011-2019)

  • Best Contribution to Wine & Spirits Tourism

  • Global Food Tourism Association (Member)

  • Fortified Travel (Co-Founder)