Second Year – Wine Xmas Tree – City Park – Ice Rink – Budapest – 2015.

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An event to go on a”cellar tour” again with “Glass in Hand” at the Ice Rink in the City Park.

Exquisite guest wine makers came and brought their fantastic wines for tasting.

BUT … What makes a memorable bottle of wine?

The answer is pretty simple is a worthy representative of a particular region.

This year was the second year to have kept the Wine Xmas Tree event where a couple of well-known Lake Balaton region wine makers brought to the scene to taste their wines. These wine makers make every effort to bring fame to the their delicious wines and nectar.  They are manually harvested, crop restriction, and are prepared within the traditional and modern wine-making processes. Offering a wide range of fragrant heavy-bodied white, red wines and Rozé. These are all aged in wooden barrels.

The Bezerics Wine House, is located at Keszthely, at the west shore of Lake Balaton. Most of their wines are made from white grape varieties both Hungarian and International such as Cserszegi Fűszeres (Cserszeg Spice), Furmint, Chardonnay and a very rare Hungarian grape variety calls Pátria which is a cross between Olasz Rizling (Italian Riesling) and Tramini

Bujdosó Vineyards – located at Balatonlelle – Southern Lake Balaton. The Bujdosó wines are already popular not just at its local cellars, but the residents of Budapest prefer to have on their table the variety of the Bujdosó wines. At the tasting event many bottles were opened such as the “Matacs” – the virgin vintage of Szürkebarát. The grapes are matured in the oak barrels. It is a full-bodied wine that gives the distinctive taste.

Laposa Estate – located at Badacsonytomaj – Badacsony Region – lays at the Northern area of Lake Balaton. A long time ago used to be an active volcano, which rocked the region and today it rocks the wine lovers, but to stay to the wines, the remaining soil is still special here in growth of unique vineyards. Every year an average of 80000 bottles are prepared fine wines as the Riesling, the Rhine Riesling, the Pinot Gris, Juhfarok, Kéknyelű, Yellow Muscat, Furmint and Hárslevelű.

Légli Vineyards and Winery – located at  Balatonboglár – Southern shore of Lakre Balaton. The wines from the estate are from vineyards on terraces of volcanic origins with the best aspect in Badacsony.He is the master of light-bodied fruity white wines. Légli Blanc is a one of the important figure on the shelves at the supermarkets and also in the hands of the sommeliers.

Szent Donát Winery – located on the Csopak hillside – Northern area at Lake Balaton. All wines are made from the winery’s own grapes, and every step of the production is happening at the Csopak estate. The Csopak wine by Szent Donát  surely deserves to be kept in mind.

Szeremley Estate – located at Badacsonytomaj – Northern Lake Balaton area. Wine production began at this region in the 1st century, which dates back to The Romans. As was told, they safeguard the unique harmony of their wines in keeping with the requirements of the highest standards, which reflect all the natural beauty of the landscape, the mineral character of the basalt and the atmosphere of the sunny slopes. Typically, reflecting local characteristics known for its white wine of their own. Their most common variety are the Riesling wines that were at the wine tasting event as well.

Istvándy Winery – located at Káptalantóti – Northern Lake Balaton.Those guests who even once tasted the Istvándy Wines were to say in two-word its a proof of “quality wines” and as he said, “It has a lot to do with the land’s soil and weather … the volcanic mountains and the reflection of the water of the Lake Balaton, the microclimate provide such a special environment for the grapes grown there to produce a unique liquid  called „the wine of delight.” Have to mention the 100% heavenly grape nectar, that once you taste it you think twice whether you want to go on with wine tasting … o.k. …just kidding, but when tasting the 100% pure grape nectar you feel the warmth summer breeze with melting sweet grapes …  you will surely get addicted to it!

Váli Wine – located at Badacsonyörs – Lake Balaton.Was told, the secret of fine wine is to be manual harvesting in buckets, processing in barrels for the purpose to have the wine to be as much to it as when it was born.The perfect characterized Balaton Uplands wines are reductive and aged in oak barrels. Unforgettable the Riesling wines from the Vali Winery at the Lake Balaton.

Villa-Tolnay – located at the Csobánc hill on the Northern shore of Lake Balaton. Was told during the tasting, that after many years of experience was to learn and develop to get to this level and also the cherish the knowledge passed down through generations gives the possible to make the day for the wine lovers. He works with 6-8 varieties of grapes. The selection of Riesling also started with Rhine Riesling and the Pinot Noir are the most popular sought of wines. At this tasting event it helps in learning the process and offers an insight into “mistery of good wine”.This update naturally can not reproduce the flavor of the wonderful wines tasted at the event, but that is why it is worth a visit all the wine regions and taste the delicious wines for your own.

The presence of the Bergmann Confectionery arriving from Balatonfüred was the cream on top of the cake. Not only because  the Bergmanns due to their colourful family history, but also dispite to the coming season of holidays when at the HUngarian families are not missing the home-made Hungarian Xmas cakes (beigli), angel loaf (candied fruit – raisins – almonds and rum – covered with milk chocolate), short cakes, cake rolls containing freshly dried fruit and nuts, home-made strudel, sponge cakes drenched in chocolate, rolls with chocolate cream – brittle – sour cherry in rum, poppy-seed cake with flavoured fruits and the Bethlehem almond marzipan Xmas cake (begli), buttery sponge cake filled with apricot jam and marzipan, with white chocolate dragging and dropping … One in the list should not be left out, which was the favorite was the Stollen (kneaded yeast dough rich of candied fruit – almonds – raisins – marzipan –  the peel of lemon with rum – matured with icing sugar and butter.) No wonder the Bergmann Confectionery is so famous by the visitors spending time around the northern shores of Lake Balaton. The family run business has amassed a plethora of cake recipes in the family recipe collection for over three generations. A must stop at the Bergmann cake shop before rolling ahead to other sights around Lake Balaton.

The Northern Lake Balaton Tourist Ltd., was also present in offering sight and sound to be visited every season of the year.

The first rolling in skates could roll over to the Wine Xmas Tree to  have a taste of  the selected wines on the spot.

The lineup of the wine makers – wines and the Bergmann Confectionery snaps from the tasting can followed at the sideshows!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

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