Our Budapest Food & Wine Guide
Taste Hungary notebook
Water and light snacks for the ride
Duration: Full day
Travel time: approximately 2.5 hours from Budapest
Hotel pick-up: approx. 8am
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated
Hotel drop-off: approx. 8pm
When Is This Tour Available?
Small-group tours to Tokaj are available on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays. On other days of the week, small-group wine tours run to different regions. Private tours can be arranged on any day of the week to any wine region!
Volcanic Wines, Ancient Cellars, and A Revival of Old Traditions
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.
Two rivers meet in the heart of the region to provide the right level of humidity for creating the shriveled, raisin-like berries which are essential for producing sweet Tokaj wine. This magical region is wholly a white wine region. You’ll taste a mix of dry and sweet wines, but don’t expect to drink any reds!
Tokaj is best known for its sweet aszú wines, which are made from botrytized grapes. But over the past decade or so winemakers have increasingly been focusing on dry wines, particularly Furmint. Another major attraction in Tokaj is its network of deep underground cellars (some are even multi-level) and cellar rows. One features 27 cellars connected at different levels.
Many villages are lined with grand old houses, and there are two gorgeously renovated synagogues. We also offer a Tokaj Jewish Heritage & Wine Tour which explores Tokaj’s rich Jewish history. A day in Tokaj is a truly unforgettable wine experience!
About Our Wine Tours
Hungary’s emerging wine regions are being increasingly recognized internationally … but you still won’t find many of the country’s most interesting wines outside of the borders! Join us to experience Hungarian wine country and we’ll take you to some stunningly beautiful places, taste some truly unique wines, and meet some talented winemakers. The wineries you visit will be a mix of the traditional, the experimental, and the modern. We’ll visit the production areas, wander in the vineyards, and tour the ageing cellars (ranging from 500-year-old ancient hand-carved ones to the ultra-modern). Often you’ll meet the winemakers themselves. Your guide will tell you the story of Hungarian wine so you can put it in context with the greater world of wine. The tour includes a platter of local cheese or charcuterie with one of the tastings and a slow lunch—either homemade at a winery or at a winery-owned restaurant—where you’ll see how the regional food matches with the wine. By the end of the tour, we hope your thirst for Hungarian wine will have grown and you continue to seek it out!