Date: 5–7 April 2018
Location: Castle Garden Bazaar (Várkert Bazár), Budapest, Hungary
Type of event: 3 day exhibition showcasing quality Hungarian wineries and some foreign exhibitors, plus masterclasses
VinCE Budapest Wine Show has been organized 8 times and has become one of the most prestigious wine events of the world, undoubtedly the most important in Central Eastern Europe. Speakers like Jancis Robinson MW, Steven Spurrier, Gary Vaynerchuck, Marhese Piero Antinori, Miguel Torres, Warren Winiarski attracted thousands of wine professionals and winelovers during the past eight editions. For the 9th edition in 2018 VinCE makes a big step: the venue changes from the glamorous five star hotel in busy Pest side of the capital to a historic and newly restored group of buildings in Buda side.
Castle Garden Bazaar – the shame of a capital
At the beginning of the 1870’s the idea of creating a representative building complex and an ornamental garden at the base of Várhegy was born. Miklós Ybl, who was a well-known and celebrated architect by that time, was charged with the task of creating the final plans. The Castle Garden Bazaar was constructed from 1875 to 1883 in neo-renaissance style based on the plans of Miklós Ybl. The building complex is one of the most beautiful creations of the Hungarian romantic style; ever since its opening in 1883 it has always been regarded as an undisputed masterpiece with its beauty and balanced proportions.
The state of the Castle Garden Bazaar continually deteriorated from the 1980’s and finally led to the closure of the building. For more than two decades the building complex was a shameful spot in the view of the city.
Fully restored – worth more than one visit
Several plans were made for the reconstruction and for the utilization of the Castle Garden Bazaar. The development of the Castle Garden Bazaar was not just a simple reconstruction – meaning just the authentic renovation of the building complex and of the connecting gardens that form a World Heritage Site: in the reconstructed building complex exhibition halls and a multifunctional event hall have also been formed. A visitor’s center for tourists was created housing restaurants and an info point.
Masterclasses of Champagne
The new venue promises to give a historic touch to the event, which will keep the most important aspects, for example the presence of selected quality wineries, and some exciting masterclasses with iconic Champagne houses. For updates, please follow the event’s website: www.vincebudapest.com