Gabor Banfalvi

Co-Founder & Writer
Gábor is one of the co-founders of Taste Hungary, and he is committed to increasing the profile of wine tourism in Hungary and the region. Gábor grew up in northwestern Hungary, and started traveling as soon as he could—exploring France, studying in Spain, working on a ship in the Caribbean, and tending bar and waiting on tables in New York. When he returned to Hungary, he again fell in love with his native cuisine and the emerging quality wine scene. He holds a Master’s Degree in Spanish linguistics and literature, and was a translator and interpreter in his previous career. He holds a Level 3 WSET certification, and takes every chance he can get to travel to different wine regions. He is an avid runner, and he is at work on a research project involving the Jewish history of Tokaj. Gábor has spoken about entrepreneurism, wine tourism, and Hungarian food and wine to audiences including the Zingerman'sDigital Wine Communications Conference, the Rotary Club, the Balassi Institute, the Bor, mámor, Bénye Festival, the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers, and the International Wine Tourism Conference. He is also a proud member of the Confrérie de Tokaj (the Tokaj Wine Guild).

  • 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)

  • Wine Writing Award 2021