To sample some of Hungary’s fine wines, visit the Hungarian House of Wines (Magyar Borok Háza) in the Castle District (Budai Vár) on the Buda side of the Danube (Duna). This is the perfect place to stop by after sightseeing and lunch in the Castle District. All 22 Hungarian wine regions are represented and there are loads of bottles opened for tasting.
The House of Hungarian Wines was officially opened in September 1997. Its cellars stock more than 700 different wines from all over Hungary, of which about 50 are available at any given time for tasting. Taste the famous Eger Bulls Blood red wine, the sweet Tokaj white wine and everything in between as you discover the tastes Hungary.
The entry fee gets you a glass, crackers and unlimited sampling for two hours. While it’s tempting to make your own way, the staff speak English and are happy to enlighten you on lesser-known Hungarian grape varietals like Kadarka, Irsai Oliver, Királyleányka and Kéknyelű as well as the different regions. If you taste something you like, you can buy a bottle to take home .
The last time I went the cost was 4,000 HUF (about 15 Euros) for 2 hours and it was well worth the money. The Hungarian House of Wines website doesn’t give any more information, but here it is anyway.
Address: Szentháromság tér 6, Budapest, 1014
Opening hours: 12:00 – 20:00
Phone Number :061 212 1030
You can get there with Metro line 2 to the Moszkva tér stop and then walk up the hill (10-15 minutes) or get the bus 16A or 116 up from there. The bus 16 also gets you there from Deák Ferenc square (Deák Ferenc tér).
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