The aim of borportal.hu is to introduce the figures of Hungarian wine production, wine tourism and gastronomy, and to announce news and wine surveys, publicise articles concerning wine, and recommend events. Inthe what's on column, readers can choose from wine and gastronomy festivals, wine competitions, wine evenings, trade exhibitions and conferences, broken down by region, chronological order or thematic content. borportal.hu presents wine producers, restaurants and accommodation availability related to wine tourism by region, not only in Hungarian, but also in English, German and Polish. In this way, wine lovers can construct a three or four day gastronomic tour in Hungary for themselves. The site is also available in Polish language.
Located 200 km north-east of Budapest, not far from the Slovak and Ukrainian borders, the Tokaj-hegyalja (Tokaj Foothills) winegrowing region is in the southernmost part of the volcanic mountains that branch off from the Carpathian chain. The region and its principal towns can easily be reached by car (taking the M3 motorway from Budapest to Miskolc, then the No.37 highway) or by train (there are a number of direct trains from Budapest and from Miskolc). The site is also available in Polish language.
The Villány-Siklós Wine-Route is the first wine-route of Hungary, established in the autumn of 1994 on the basis of the endowments of the Villány region, with the joint efforts of eight settlements, private vine-growers and wine-makers, entrepreneurs, and NGOs, following the example of German, Austrian and French models. As the result of the gradually growing interest in the past years, today the wine-route winds along 11 settlements. In the neighborhood of the Villány Hills, from the Shrine of Máriagyűd to the Cellar Village of Palkonya, there is a wide range of wine-tastings, traditional cellars, wine contests, festivals, folklore events waiting for the guests. Along the way, the historical memorial sites, the beauties of nature, and the folk architecture in the villages and in the vineyards offer interesting sights. Local dishes and fine wines await the guests in the houses offering rural accommodation, the pensions and the hotels.
The Polgárs not only have vineyards in Villány, but also in the Siklós part of the wine region. The family is the largest private producer of white wine in Villány. The Palkonya and Villánykövesd cellar row represents an exceptional treasure in the surroundings of Villány and Hungarian (German) folk architecture. The Polgár family bought three cellars in the Villánykövesd cellar row - 2 kilometres from Villány. The cellars are not only used to store and ferment wine, there is also a cosy tavern in one of the press houses open to visitors. Many tourists visit the press houses, decorated with old viticultural and wine tools and objects.
Árvay worked as chief winemaker for the French-owned insurance conglomerate AXA, for almost ten years in their Disznókő Winery. As chief winemaker, his wines won critical acclaim from international experts all over the world, including gold medals at Bordeaux Vinexpo and New York Wine Experience. Árvay & Co. owns twenty seven parcels totaling over 110 ha (220 acres), of which almost 80% is planted in vines. These parcels have been vineyards for hundreds of years and are dispersed among seven villages within the Tokaj appellation. They include terroir varying from steep mountainside slopes on Mount Hétszőlő to the gently undulating hills of Istenhegy on the outskirts of Mád. The resulting Tokaji aszú wines are marketed as Hétfürtös (Seven Clusters) Wines. The center of the company is a centuries-old historical building in the ancient town of Tokaj, which has been renovated into a state-of-the-art winery. The wines are barrel aged in its cellar of caves, carved into the hillside and under the cobble-stone streets, dating back to the sixteenth century.
Traditional wine cellar in Tokaj with three major and one minor wings carved in loess. The cellar was constructed in the middle of 1770s, as the largest cellar of a then established Russian winetrading company. The main function of the company was to provide the court of Tsarina Elizabeth with Tokaji - hence the name of the winery. (Erzsébet means Elisabeth in Hungarian.) During a cellar tour guests can inspect all wings of the cellar and learn about the architecture of cellars characteristic to Tokaj. Guests will also learn about the unique flora of the cellars and its role in winemaking.
Dolium is the Latin word for wine barrel. This family has owned the cellar for 130 years. The ambience from the fine wood furniture and antique wardrobes makes for an authentic atmosphere for an unforgettable dinner coupled with wine-tasting. Photographs hanging on the cellar's adobe walls portray joyful harvests from 100 years ago. The scenes will enhance your enjoyment our fragrant, delicious Villány wine. The family homemakes all 12 varieties of our wine. Meals are available in the Dolium Cellar both for individuals and for groups (15 to 50 persons).
The Figula Family Winery started business in 1993 in the Balaton-region. The vineyards are located in the most beautiful area of Balatonfüred, Balatonszőlős and Pécsely. The diversity of the vineyards makes it possible to grow domestic and worldwide grape varieties that can be treated as typical variety-studies. Figula Winery cultivates 40-50-year-old vineyards as well as the new plantations (planted 1-2 years ago) of already modern spacing with facing south and southwest, overlooking Lake Balaton. Wine tasting usually starts with a tour around the winery, showing the applied technology, and then going on with tasting some wines. Cheese and fresh scones are served with the wines. For a meal we can serve cold plates, but in the neighbourhood you can try the country-style dishes of Tölgyfa Csárda Restaurant.
The family of the Counts Degenfeld played an important role with their first-class winery in the history of Tokaj-Hegyalja. In 1994 the family decided to revive the old winery and purchased first-calss wineyards and an ancient cellar in Tarcal near Tokaj. The wineyards are situated north of Tarcal and belong the best sites of the region Tokaj. A visit to the cellar with subsequent tasting will give you an idea of the daily proceedings of a Tokaj winery. Normal tasting includes 6 different wines served with scones, cheese and fruits.
Hagymási József - head of Kőkút Borház family business, viticulturist and qualified oenologist- started his career at Eger Viticulture and Viniculture Research Station. Soon he found himself in the capital working for the highly esteemed Gundel Restaurant. Originally he began to organise his private winery and cellars on a modest 5 ha estate. Today his estates measure 21 ha completed by his cellars in Szépasszonyvölgy - a locally acknowledged wine tasting area. Here bottled and running versions of their Chardonnay, Egri Bikavér, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé and Cserszegi Fűszeres are available. At present their concept gives priority to planting vinegrapes on further 5 ha privately owned premium quality land - known as Apóhát.
The family's tradition of winegrowing goes back for centuries. The wineyards can be found in the hills between Fertõrákos and Balf where the unique climate of Lake Fertõ, the excellent soil and plenty of sunshine give everything that the Cabernet sauvignon, Pinot noir, Blue Frankish and Zweigelt wines need. What can you expect if you taste Luka wine? An intresting duality of masculine character and female lightness.
The winery can accommodate 40-50 guests in the familiar wine cellar serving up cold platter peasant style and stew made of venison, beef or pork.
The family owns a farm on 4.5 hectares: the plantations are in the most beautiful fields of the Kőszeg mountains. Due to the precise vine-growing and traditional wine-making and treatment Tóth Winery offers outstanding wines for our customers year by year. In the cellar they produce the locally traditional wines (Blue Frank ; Zweigelt).
The best-known part of the premises is the Wine-cellar with tables for 120 guests. Menu includes not only the specialties of Hungarian cuisine, but - cherishing local traditions - the boarding house also offers Swabian (German) dishes as well. For private events and parties, entertraining sizeable groups, the Wine Cellar offers you Private Rooms (for up to 50 guests), decorated in the old Hungarian style.
The Rózsakő Wine Cellar began life as a small tavern (Márti Tavern) that slowly grew to form what today is the Rózsakő Wine Cellar. The Rózsakő Wine Cellar Restaurant was built in 1997 in the "peasant baroque" style on Badacsony Hill under the basalt organ pipes and right next to the main tourist route through Badacsony. The Cellar welcomes guests to an atmospheric wine cellar equipped to host a party of up to 50 people and a romantic garden that will accommodate up to 150 guests surrounded by vineyards.
Wine cellar and Pension. The site is also available in Russian language.
The Wunderlich wine cellars were named after the chief vintner and co-proprietor, Wunderlich Alajos, who is well-known as "Lojzi". The output capacity is annual 250.000 bottles, the bottle aging capacity 480.000 bottles. The Wunderlich Wine Cellars mix the 21th century top wine technologies with the traditions. This provides opportunity for Lojzi to achieve his professional ideas, in the meantime he can make experiments, too. With appointment, visitors can visit the size and style wise unique Wunderlich Winery, seeing how the traditionally built fermenting cellar with the high level fermenting and processing technology can live together. They can explore the smell, colours and taste of the Wunderlich wines and the special wines in the bottle-fermenting cellar that will get out to the market in only 3-4 years time.
Due to the recently made significant investments, the winery has become a state of the art wine production plant, providing consistency and quality whilst maintaining the great traditions of viticulture and of the predecessor, whereby the quality of the grape reflects in the quality of the wine. The company's modern bottling plant is equipped with the most up-to-date technology currently available, ensuring the safe handling of our quality wines aged traditionally in wooden and/or barrique barrels. The production capacity is approximately 2 million bottles per annum.
The 200 years old noble family`s house has been stylishly restored and put in two apertments furnished by old furniture of the end of the XIXth century. The large garden is guarded by a high stone-built fence and the rain-covered dinner place is able to receive 35-40 persons. The dishes can be prepared at the rustic fire-place or in a stone-built oven. The 200 m long, labirynth wine cellar hollowed into the volcanic soil, keeps the several kinds of traditionally aged Tokaj wines permanently at 10-12 °C. In the classic Tokaj cellar covered by noble mould (Cladosporium Cellare) that gives ideal athmosphere, 8 sqm closeable boxes, able to age about 1600 bottles or 16 hl of vine can be hered.
The Egri Korona Wine-House and Wine-Village is only about one and a half hour tour from Budapest, situated in the midst of a 200 hectare vineyard, nearby the hot spring of Egerszalók. It provides excellent recreation and relaxation for young ones and adult as well.
The winery is unique in that it exports the most bottles of Hungarian wine to Britain – over 6 million out of the 7 million bottles of wine produced each year. And this is the world’s toughest wine market where the best estates from all around the world compete for customers. In this field Hilltop has managed to secure a stable market and has won esteem from many quarters, including the winery’s success in 1998 when its Cserszegi Fűszeres was chosen “White Wine of the Year”. The range of products is extensive as the winery produces and bottles almost 40 varieties of wine as well as 3 types of törköly pálinka (Hungarian grappa) and a méthode traditionelle sparkling wine. The Hilltop Wine Hotel and Restaurant extend a warm welcome to guests seeking relaxation and entertainment. The restaurant with the most stunning view of the Danube in Hungary offers a wide range of food and colourful events in all seasons of the year: Vintage events, the new wine festival and the all-year-round opportunity to taste pálinka and wine.
The buildings of the Disznókő vine-estate are some of the most magnificent and spectacular vinicultural buildings in Hungary and in Central-Europe. The oldest parts of the building-group were built at the end of the 18th century. The Yellow Wine House, the belvedere standing on top of the hill and the Baroque style watchtower a bit further above the vineyards are all reminiscent of the long past. The new elements of the building-group, the wine-press house and the tractor garage were built according to the plans of Ybl-prize winning architect Dezső Ekler in 1995. Disznókő is one of the ancient estates of the wine region where you can get to know the method of making Tokaj wines, the modern wine-making and the most magnificent Tokaj wines during a walk on the estate and wine-tasting in the cellar, which can be crowned by a feast of regional dishes in the Yellow Wine House Inn.
Huba Szeremley, founder of the Pannonian Wine Guild, began revitalising and expanding his family wineyards in 1992. Today, it is one of the best known family estates around Mount Badacsony and Lake Balaton. The winery is best known for its native Hungarian wines: the female Kéknyelű (Blue Stem), the Budai Zöld; Zeus became known around the World as the late harvest speciality of the winery, as well as its sister, the Olaszrizling late harvest, the Szürkebarát (Pinot Gris) and the extra dry and parfumy Muscat Ottonel, which is beloved also as an apéritife, Riesling Selection became an immediate success. Beside Pinot Noir, the main blue variety, the winery produces Kékfrankos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and the almost extinct Bakator. The reds are aged in Hungarian made barrique, produced in the area.
Haraszthy Vallejo Winery was established in 1998, with the idea of producing exquisite wines, based on the grape varieties that are available in Etyek Buda Region. This winery was not only created to produce wines, it was created for hosting tourism as well. In the year 2005 Haraszthy Vallejo was able to finish a 5 year construction and a place was born, were we don not only have the complete wine production machinery, but we are also able to have wine storing tanks, a tasting room “Knight’s Hall”, the unique Cinnamon restaurant, huge terrace, swimming pool, and even a parking place.