Discovering the excellent conditions of the Carpathian Basin the Celts had already cultivated grapes and made wine in the Carpathian Basin. The Romans arriving here a few years later A.D. carried on the tradition by training grape-vines on walnut trees.
There were no Hungarian farmers in the Middle Ages who had not had their own produced wine or wine cellars. That is how there were cellars under each house in the Buda Castle and there are even today rows of cellars in many places, e.g. in Villány but we can also see a “wine village” in Hajós, consisting of more than one thousand wine cellars.
In those days the daily ration per head was 5-10 liters (cca. 15 pints); in fact it was very poor wine = after-wine, they drank it instead of water … (They certainly did not have any serious negotiations in the afternoons …)
The Hungarian Tokay Aszú mellowed in Tokaj / fine sweet wine made by adding choice grapes dried on the vine to the ordinary must/ had already been world famous in the 16th century; it was transported to royal, czarist, papal Courts and the French King Louis XIV, even named it as the “king of wines, wine of kings” (Vinum regum – rex vinorum)
While the Tokay Aszú is the wine of meditation and love, wine is being produced in 22 wine regions of the present Hungary. The quality of these wines has been developed by leaps and bounds in the recent years and satisfy the most delicate demands and, what’s more, it pampers the taster with autochthon species. A lot of wineries appear in well known world competitions as well, like the “Challenge du Vin” where the outstanding Hungarian wines win distinguished prizes. Join us and taste the Furmint full of minerals, the aromatic Cserszeg spicy wine (Cserszegi fűszeres) or the Irsai Oliver. Or else, would you like to taste a full-bodied red wine among the Szekszárd slopes, like the Bull Blood (Bikavér) or the Pinot Franc in Villány, the Hungarian Mediterranean region? At the same time, not only the wines but also the Hungarian Champagne is also winning prizes one after another: the Brut Classic Champagne of the Kreinbacher wine-cellars won the Decanter World Wine Awards Platinum – Best Hungarian Sparkling wine prize, while the Prestige Brut won a silver medal at the Champagne and sparkling wine World Championship (CSWWC). Visiting the wine regions as well as the wine cellars, is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the provincial Hungary over Budapest!