The intoxicating side of Budapest: 6+1 wine experiences to try
Funzine.hu believes that wine rushes through the veins of everyone born on Hungarian soil: Hungarians just can’t live without wine. As the grape harvest is right around the corner, you might want to visit one of the following wine bars.
The place found in the always bustling Király Street is an exciting example of the Hungarian wine palette. The rustic bar aims to popularise the wines of less known wineries along with Hungarian and international tapas, like duck “sausage” with beetroot at quince. Their unique selection includes wines from Eger, Villány, Pannonhalma, Tokaj and Szekszárd, but you can also taste Italian wines and French champagnes. The icing on the cake is the panorama of one of Budapest’s cosiest streets from the huge windows of Apropó.
Biodevega Vegetarian Restaurant and Café
The gathering place of vegetarians is found a few steps away from Kossuth Lajos Square, where guests can enjoy gluten, lactose and additive free meals made from organic ingredients. They serve dishes high in vitamins, minerals and fibre with good quality coffee, homemade syrups, fresh juices, craft beer and the best part: organic wines. You’re guaranteed to find something delicious even if you’re on a vegan or paleo diet.
Doblo Wine & Bar
Doblo opened ten years ago in the Jewish quarter as a wine specialty store, but it slowly grew into the N°1 wine bar of Hungary. There are several keys to their success: outstanding attentiveness, familiar atmosphere, friendly staff, excellent wine and pálinka tastings and live concerts. Their selection includes the products of the most famous Hungarian wineries, bio wines and also the delicacies of less known wineries. Doblo offers delicious meals as well. For instance, you might want to try the Caprese Deluxe plate with buffalo mozzarella, miniature parenica cheese, Balkan flat bread and pickles from Vecsés.
Exceptionally delicious fish meals, plant-based creations for people on vegan and vegetarian diet, local craft beers and a wide selection of unique Hungarian wines characterises Lexo, found in the neighbourhood of Oktogon. The place sets a very high standard regarding quality: you can get to know new flavours on the three-course dinners, while sipping on incredible beverages.
Stelázsi Café, Restaurant and Wine Bar
Special wine nights, Hungarian dishes and the interactive performances of oenologists, sommeliers and cup-bearers welcome you in Stelázsi, where emphasis is laid on both the á la carte and daily menu, and wine events. They organise wine dinners, where the three times sommelier champion Antal Kovács presents the dish-wine pairings, and wine Thursdays, where guests can taste the products of the country’s best wineries along with the meals of Balázs Papp and the toast of cup-bearer Ádám Almási.
Buda’s first wine bar was opened in 2012 and has been flourishing since then. The place found in Lövőház Street welcomes the lovers of champagne and wine with a youthful atmosphere and quality beverages. Besides Hungarian products, they also offer French, Chilean and New Zealander wines, champagnes that are completed with juicy burgers, fresh salads and different wraps. Their comfortable terrace is perfect for all types of gatherings.
VinoWonka Chocolate and Wine Bar
You can taste the wines and bonbons of Hungarian producers in this bar, which opened in 2012 and which only has products that you can’t buy in hipermarkets. They welcome guests every day with 35-40 types of wines. Moreover, you can get syrups, teas and sandwiches from locally baked pastries, in addition to the less well-known Hungarian craft wines.
+ Etyek Mansion Winery
The Etyek Mansion Winery is the most modern winery of the Etyek wine region with its 32 hectare vine-lands and prize-winner Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. The viniculture of the region can be traced back to Roman times, while the oldest winery of Etyek was built at the command of Archduke Joseph of Austria. The Etyek Mansion is not simply a wine shop, they regularly organise professional and family programmes, where people can learn about modern winemaking techniques. If you’d like to spend a day in a peaceful environment, head to Etyek 😉
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