Calendar of Events

Hungary has plenty of wine tastings, festivals, conferences – in fact we are often cited as a country of festivals. Hungarian people love to celebrate, and celebrations cannot be imagined without wine. Come to Hungary in any seasons, any regions, and you will indulge in real joy full of great wines.

DiVino & Junibor Organic Wine Tasting

Date: 1 March 2017
Location: Budapest, DiVino Gozsdu
Type of event: 1 day tasting of organic wines for professionals and consumers

16 wines of 8 winemakers, all made of grapes from organic wineries, followed by handcrafted cheese and ham. Guests will be able to get to know the advantages, disadvantages and differences of organic winemaking at one of Budapest’s trendiest wine bars, DiVino Guzsdu, in the teeming, cosmopolitan centre of the capital.

Tickets and more information

VinCE Budapest Wine Show

Date: 17–19 March 2017
Location: Corinthia Hotel Budapest (1065 Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 43–49.)
Type of event: 3 day tasting with masterclass, professional and consumer event

VinCE wine exhibition with masterclasses is an unforgettable wine event, and its venue, the glamorous 5 star Corinthia Hotel Budapest gives it a special atmosphere. Wine experts like Jancis Robinon MW, Steven Spurrier, Warren Winiarski, Gary Vaynerchuk, Jamie Goode and many others have already participated in VinCE Budapest Wine Show – you should experience the unique Hungarian wines, and also the stunning selection of the wines of the world poured at the masterclass.

VinCE Budapest organizers take care of quality: wineries can apply only if they previously had at least 4 star (more than 18 scores out of 20) result at VinCE Magazine’s panel tasting. The 1000 quality wines can be tasted with one daily ticket, which costs only 45–51 euros – with your discount event less. If you are a wine professional, please write for professional 50% discount on the professional day: info@vincemagazin.hu

Tickets and more information: www.vincebudapest.com

Ball of Tokaj

Date: 25 February, 2017
Location: Europa boat, Budapest
Type of event: Formal consumer event, dinner and ball

’Tokaji Barátnők Társasága’ is an association of ladies who do charity work to support the great wines of Tokaj wine region. They organize a charity ball every year, and this year for the first time the event will take place in Budapest, in the capital of Hungary instead of the town of Tokaj. The event will be a special one for sure, especially because it will be held in a boat and it involves a 1.5 hours cruise on the river Danube. The culinarypartner of the ladies is another reason to participate: SVÉT (Stílusos Vidéki Éttermiség) is an association which unites the highest quality restaurants from the countryside of Hungary. The six course dinner will be made of only local quality ingredients, and will be paired with selected wines from Tokaj. Symphonic orchestra, singers’s band, wine casino and other attractions make the evening even more unforgettable. The price of a ticket is 45 000 HUF (around 145 euros).

Tickets: info@europahajo.hu or +36-20-961-6995 (Vivien Molnár)
The website of the event is not translated into English, if you need help, we are glad to help you: info@hungarianwines.eu

Aszúház

Furmint February, Mád

Date: 18 February, 2017
Location: Aszúház, Mád, Tokaj, Hungary (3909 Mád, Batthyány utca 53.)
Type of event: Furmint tasting with 14 wineries both for professionals and consumers

The event lets the participants indulge fully in Furmint: first three lectures will be given (in Hungarian only), then from 17.30 to 22.00 Furmint wines of 14 local wineries can be tasted. Mád is the pearl of Tokaj wine region with great producers and – thank to the soil and the ambition of the winemakers – with rich, mineral, unique wines. The event takes place in a brand new visitor centre called Aszúház (’House of Aszú’), and the local gourmet restaurant, Gusteau (Restaurant of the Year by Gault & Millau) and its chef, Gábor Horváth will create a three course street food menu for the Furmint wines of the tasting. Though the lectures are in Hungarian, the whole event is memorable and most interesting even if you do not speak Hungarian. Most of the winemakers speak English, and the wines are well worth the 2,5 hours drive from Budapest.

Price of tasting + 3 course street food menu: 9800 HUF (34 euros)
Registration in advance is necessary here: takacs.greta@gusteau.hu

St. Vincent Day

Date: 21 January 2017
Location: Villány (and the neighbouring villages)
Type of event: traditional consumer event, some programmes are open air

Celebrating the patron of the vineyards is a living tradition in Hungary: vineyard workers, winemakers, cellar workers celebrate in their own way: they take a day off and drink wine. Besides their well deserved feast wineries organize pleasant consumer events, most of them offering flexible program points for the whole day. Villány wine region is probably the best destination on the 21st of January.
– In the morning several wineries offer barrel tasting – visitors should choose one of them.
– During the day a buses will take the visitors around to see the famous Kopár, Ördögárok and other vineyards.
– In the evening a handful of wineries offer wine dinners in their cellar or estate building including the famous Óbor restaurant of Bock Cellar and the wonderful Mandula restaurant of Gere Attila Winery.

The program is not translated into English yet on the official website of Villány wine region, but we are happy to help if anyone is interested! info@hungarianwines.hu

Franc & Franc

Date: 18–19 November, 2016

Location: Villány

Type of event: professional conference and consumer tasting event

Villány has become the home of great cabernet franc wines, this fact has been reassured by several renowned wine experts, among others, by Steven Spurrier. Villány will organize the cabernet franc conference for the second time with the participation of local and invited producers from all over Europe. This year the focus will be on – besides Villány – Italian and South-Eastern European cabernet francs. After the first day’s conference, the second day offers tasting of aged and young cabernet franc wines from local wineries.

St Martin’s Day Wine Festival

Date: 10–13 November, 2016

Location: Hotel Gellért, Budapest

Type of event: consumer event

Hungary is often referred to as the country of festivals, and in fact we must admit that it is true. At least one festival is dedicated to each national dish, some events are to celebrate the season, while some festivities are held to keep traditions. St Martin’s Day is celebrated all over the country – we will come up with some programme tips next week – since Martin bishop was born in Hungary.

Hotel Gellért, the hotel with the stunning Turkish spa and wonderful view of the river Danube is the home of a wine festival for the 6th times. This year the judge of new wine, patron of winemakers, that is St. Martin and the patrons of gastronomy are summoned in Danubius Hotel Gellért. All halls and rooms of the elegant and tarnished hotel will be by permeated by the myth of patron saints of Czech beer, cooks, waiters, matured cheese and wine makers – welcoming guests with exciting food, drinks and programs.

On Friday and Saturday several winemakers offer their new and older wines to sample, for example Babarczi Vineyard from Pannonhalma, Attila Gere from Villány or Etyeki Kúria from Etyek wine region.

Festival tickets are from 5900 HUF (19 euros) to 8900 HUF (29 euros).

The price includes admission to the wine festival and to the afterparty as well.

View from the Winery

Mitiszol Festival

Date: 12 November 2018

Location: Budapest

Type of event: consumer event

‘Mitiszol’ (What do you drink) Festival takes place at one of Budapest’s main marketplace, Millenáris Park. The festival focuses on natural drinks and food, therefore the 30 wine exhibitors of 11 wine regions – who are all members of Terra Hungarica, which is an organization of producers of Hungarian natural and authentic wines – will perform their products. Visitors can try non-alcoholic drinks and food as well and they can take part in presentations.

Tasting event of ’Csopaki Kódex’ wines

Date: October 22, 2016

Location: Paloznak, Hungary

Type of event: tasting event

Csopaki Kódex is a relatively new, and relatively strict origin protection system within Balatonfüred–Csopak wine region. Csopak is a village of unique terroirs (with the neighbouring village Paloznak) on the north of Lake Balaton, therefore its producers united to enhance the protection of quality. Each year the wines of Csopak are blind tasted by renowned wine experts to obtain the Csopaki Kódex seal.

This autumn a tasting event is held so that visitors could have a chance to taste new Kódex sealed wines and older vintages as well. Most of the wines are made of Olaszrizing, on the palate they are often mineral, rich, full bodied.
The tasting takes place in the Mayor’s Hall in Paloznak in the afternoon (14.00–18.00) but dinner ticket is available as well (Sáfránkert restaurant) for those who would like to go on tasting with matching food and wine.

The night before one of the region’s best winemaker, István Jásdi welcomes those who would like to have a good discussion with some significant winemakers of Csopak.

Tasting: 4500 HUF

Dinner 12.000 HUF

Manor guest house in Csopak offers special price accommodation for the weekend.

More information:

Dóra Budavári: +36-30-332-3515

St Martin’s Day Wine Festival

Date: 10–13 November, 2016

Location: Hotel Gellért, Budapest

Type of event: consumer event

Hungary is often referred to as the country of festivals, and in fact we must admit that it is true. At least one festival is dedicated to each national dish, some events are to celebrate the season, while some festivities are held to keep traditions. St Martin’s Day is celebrated all over the country – we will come up with some programme tips next week – since Martin bishop was born in Hungary.

Hotel Gellért, the hotel with the stunning Turkish spa and wonderful view of the river Danube is the home of a wine festival for the 6th times. This year the judge of new wine, patron of winemakers, that is St. Martin and the patrons of gastronomy are summoned in Danubius Hotel Gellért. All halls and rooms of the elegant and tarnished hotel will be by permeated by the myth of patron saints of Czech beer, cooks, waiters, matured cheese and wine makers – welcoming guests with exciting food, drinks and programs.

On Friday and Saturday several winemakers offer their new and older wines to sample, for example Babarczi Vineyard from Pannonhalma, Attila Gere from Villány or Etyeki Kúria from Etyek wine region.

Festival tickets are from 5900 HUF (19 euros) to 8900 HUF (29 euros).

The price includes admission to the wine festival and to the afterparty as well.

View from the Winery

Mitiszol Festival

Date: 12 November 2018

Location: Budapest

Type of event: consumer event

‘Mitiszol’ (What do you drink) Festival takes place at one of Budapest’s main marketplace, Millenáris Park. The festival focuses on natural drinks and food, therefore the 30 wine exhibitors of 11 wine regions – who are all members of Terra Hungarica, which is an organization of producers of Hungarian natural and authentic wines – will perform their products. Visitors can try non-alcoholic drinks and food as well and they can take part in presentations.

Tasting event of ’Csopaki Kódex’ wines

Date: October 22, 2016

Location: Paloznak, Hungary

Type of event: tasting event

Csopaki Kódex is a relatively new, and relatively strict origin protection system within Balatonfüred–Csopak wine region. Csopak is a village of unique terroirs (with the neighbouring village Paloznak) on the north of Lake Balaton, therefore its producers united to enhance the protection of quality. Each year the wines of Csopak are blind tasted by renowned wine experts to obtain the Csopaki Kódex seal.

This autumn a tasting event is held so that visitors could have a chance to taste new Kódex sealed wines and older vintages as well. Most of the wines are made of Olaszrizing, on the palate they are often mineral, rich, full bodied.
The tasting takes place in the Mayor’s Hall in Paloznak in the afternoon (14.00–18.00) but dinner ticket is available as well (Sáfránkert restaurant) for those who would like to go on tasting with matching food and wine.

The night before one of the region’s best winemaker, István Jásdi welcomes those who would like to have a good discussion with some significant winemakers of Csopak.

Tasting: 4500 HUF

Dinner 12.000 HUF

Manor guest house in Csopak offers special price accommodation for the weekend.

More information:

Dóra Budavári: +36-30-332-3515

Villány Red Wine Festival

Date: 30 September – 2 October, 2016

Location: Villány

Type of event: consumer event

Harvest procession, music concerts, wineries offering their wine to taste  – a true, traditional summer ending festivity in the vivid town of Villány.

Juhfark Celebration in Somló

Date: 24 September, 2016

Location: Somló

Type of event: consumer event

Juhfark is an autochton white grape of Somló wine region. One of the most significant producer of the volcanic Somló hill, Tornai Winery launches a brand new event with the participation of 16 local wineries to show the real character of juhfark grape. The variety is extremely versatile, and the event will show all kinds of the wine from bone dry to sweet, from reductive to long barrel aged.

Budapest Wine Festival

Date: 8–11 September, 2016

Location: Budapest

Type of event: mostly consumer event with some professional features

The festival is organized in the UNESCO World Heritage site magnificient Castle of Buda, and this breathtaking setting attracts more then 50 000 visitors every year. More then 200 exhibitors – mostly Hungarian wineries – offer their products. Music concerts and gastronomic exhibitors accompany the wine exhibition.

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