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Join this extraordinary private tour to Eger and Tokaj, two of the most known wine regions of Hungary! Meet the winemakers, taste wines in hundreds of years old cellars and enjoy delicate food. Experience the diversity of Furmint grape, taste late harvest wines, Szamorodni and Tokaji Aszú.
The Tokaj wine region is Hungary’s world famous wine region. The region gained its reputation as the producer of the "Wine of Kings” and the “King of Wines". Tokaji Aszú wine has been made for 450 years.
Learn about Egri “Bikavér” (Bull’s Blood), Kékfrankos and other typical wines of Eger while admiring the mesmerizing ambience. Feel the atmosphere of the charming baroque city of Eger while enjoying the state-of-the-art wines.
You will be accommodated at four-star hotels provided by Wine a’More Travel Agency. You will be staying in Eger for the first and second night and in the Tokaj wine region for the third and the last night.
You will depart from Budapest at 08:30 to Eger (the tour can depart from Eger as well). Hollókő is the symbol of the Hungarian traditions, part of the UNESCO heritage, besides a livable settlement, too. It is no outdoor museum and there is no seasonal folklore program. It is one of the last islands where the traditions are preserved and shared with the visitors. You are going to visit the village and have lunch there in the homes of the locals. Later, you start exploring the Eger wine region wines with one of the most interesting winemakers. It is going to be an incredible experience in a cellar surrounded by 30 meters high walls of stone quarry walls. There are nine cellars within the one and a half hectares area. You will taste the top Eger wines with the winemaker. Afterward, you will be transferred and check-in at the hotel. Take free time at your leisure for further exploration. You might wish to visit the Eger Castle, enjoy the thermal bath of Eger, or simply stroll in the narrow baroque streets. You will meet again in the evening for dinner in the fanciest wine-restaurant of the city. Overnight will be in Eger.
Key experiences in the morning will include a walking tour in the beautiful historical town of Eger, visiting the Monstrous Basilica (the second largest in Hungary), Dobó Square, and the Archbishop’s Cellar. You deserve a little rest after the tiring sightseeing in a wine bar. You will taste the elegant high-quality wines of Eger region and blend the “Bikavér”. Lunch will be offered during the program. The next stop is an extremely unique place: old cave dwellings, home of former settlers. You take a ride among the vineyards on a jeep or horse carriage to the caves. Wine tasting will be with cellar visits and dinner at one of the most appreciated wineries of the region. Later during the second wine tasting of the day, the host, the winemaker explains about terroir and professionalism. His philosophy is very simple: the quality of wine depends on the health of the grapes in vineyards. You will get back to the hotel. Overnight will be in Eger.
You will check-out from the hotel after breakfast and head to the historic wine region of Tokaj. After 90 minutes’ journey, you will arrive in Mád village, the heart of the region, to learn about the Jewish heritage of the region. The local expert guide will be telling you about the golden age of Tokaj, the history of a local family, and their connection to wine. Later, you will grab the picnic baskets full of local products and of course some wines and climb up to a tiny hill. In case of unfavorable weather, lunch will be at a local restaurant. Besides tasting some wines, the local wine guide explains about the grapes, winemaking traditions, and the diverse soils and importance of stones. After strolling among the vineyards and having lunch, some treasures are waiting for you to be explored in a six hundred years’ old cellar labyrinth. Hiding away in the underground world, you drive to a nearby village and check-in at the hotel. After having some time for relaxation, you drive back to Mád for dinner then transfer back to the hotel. Overnight will be in Tokaj.
In the morning, you head to a nearby village to follow the journey to the Botrytised sweet wine world. You taste some late harvest and Aszú wines at one of the region’s biggest winery and cellar. Goulash for lunch is going to be prepared in the open air in one of the cellars of the UNESCO World Heritage Site cellar row village. The afternoon is for visiting the city of Tokaj, where you have an hour free time before visiting the famous Rákóczi cellar regions for tasting then transfer to the hotel. There will also be a cellar visit followed by a wine dinner in the elegant restaurant. Overnight will be in Tokaj.
To kick off the day, you meet a lady winemaker in a nearby village. She will guide the feet in her cellar and explain how hand-crafted wines of exceptional quality are made. The Tokaj program ends with a lunch at a wine estate owned restaurant, at the foot of the vineyards. For a short relax, some may climb up the hill to touch the funny shape rocks or just stroll in the vineyards before leaving the region. You arrive in Budapest in the evening. The evening is free; you can explore Budapest or an optional Wine Bar Tour can be booked.
Sightseeing in Eger, Tokaj region and Hollókő
Jeep or horse-carriage tour, Cave dwelling visit
The World’s first demarcated wine region was established in Tokaj-Hegyalja. This was designated as a World heritage site by UNESCO in 2002. The region’s area is the same as the wine region, with vines being cultivated over 5,700 hectares. Its characteristic varieties are Furmint, Hárslevelű, and Sárgamuskotály (Muscat Blanc a À Petits grains).
The wine region is comprised of Tokaj and the surrounding 26 settlements. It is classified as a separate wine region, thanks to its great uniqueness, including its local climate conducive to botrytisation, due to the protection of the Zemplén Hills or the wet, swampy areas formed by the rivers of Tisza and Bodrog. The vineyards are located on extremely colorful bedrock of volcanic origin at an altitude of 100-300 metres above sea level. Wines made here with hundred years of history appreciated by the European Royal Courts and enjoyed by the aristocracy from Moscow to France. It is a “King of Wines and the Wine of Kings”, as Louis the XIV of France referred to it. Therefore, you should not end your journey until you have tasted a glass of Furmint or an Aszú, the world’s most unique sweet wines, a medicine, a miracle of nature in the unique atmosphere of hundreds-of-years-old cellars as you listen to the stories of a winemaker.
Aszú wine with its unique palate of flavours is born after several years of ageing. Although extremely powerful dry wines are also increasingly gaining ground. Tokaj’s two main varieties are Furmint and Hárslevelű but wines are also made from Sárgamuskotály, Kabar, Zéta and Kövérszőlő. Besides winemaking, there is also a considerable tradition of cooperage in Tokaj. The sessile oak growing in the Zemplén Hills is an excellent material for making
barrels and “Zemplén oak” has long been appreciated in the international wine world. Erdőbénye, the “Valley of the Coopers”, excels at nurturing and preserving the craft. The wine region was admitted to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2002 under the name of historical wine region of Tokaj-Hegyalja.
The region’s iconic winemaker, Mr. István Szepsy, the second person in the world who received the Les Seigneurs du Vin (lit. The Lords of Wine) award in 2013, which is considered as the Academy Award of winemaking due to its special rank.
The mountainous regions of Mátra, Eger and Bükk, the highest wine-producing areas in Hungary form a common wine region with 13,000 hectares. Unique to this wine region is the fact that vineyards are usually found on a 200-300-metre-high plateau or on hillside slopes, whereas vines are cultivated at 500 metres on the side of the Nagy-Eged hill. Some of Europe’s highest vineyards can be found here. The climate of the wine region is therefore influenced by the Northern Mountain Range, which protects against invasive winds. It is characterized by mountainous soils like volcanic rhyolite tuff, andesite, loess and brown forest soils.
The uniqueness of the Eger wine region has always been its ability to grow vines capable of producing quality red and white wines. The most famous one is undoubtedly the Egri Bikavér (Bull's Blood) which is a Kékfrankos (Blaufrankisch) based red cuvée, a blend of three or more grapes. Even to mention Egri Bikavér as a connoisseur’s choice is a sensitive topic, due to its disputed image. Besides Kékfrankos, Pinot Noir, Cabernets and Kadarka are the most commonly planted red grape varieties. Among whites Hárslevelű, Olaszrizling and Leányka are the most popular ones, each autochthon types. There is a new white grape brand, Egri Csillag.
It’s impossible to get bored in the region, as not only do they have wonderful wines and culinary options, Eger city’s cultural tradition, built heritage and natural beauty offer numerous experiences. There are also 400-year-old cellars in the wine region, the most interesting of which is the bishop’s cellar system, it’s almost a city beneath the city. According to legend, the defenders of Eger castle had their courage bolstered by the local red wine - the Egri Bikavér - at the time of the Turkish expansion. However, if you only have one day to discover the local wines, you should visit the Szépasszony-völgy (Valley of the Beautiful Lady) which is undergoing constant renewal. This is a real meeting point for wine, with many premium producers present here.
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