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Best of Badacsony Region Wines – Budapest @ New York Palace – Hungary 2019.

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Badacsony is one of the smallest but most exciting wine regions in the country!

Badacsony Region wines moved to Budapest for a day, annually organized by the Badacsony Tourist Guild.

The wine tasters arriving to the Budapest’s New York Palace – could hear and taste get to know local producers, get answers to their questions directly to all-the important wines told by the exhibitors from the Badacsony Wine Region on the spot. In addition to the region’s wineries  along were introduced communities, hotels, restaurants, sites and other program by the providers.

The report on the Wine – New York Palace in Budapest continues with mentioning a couple of tables on the spot:

Bence one of the brother of three spoke about the winery  Q.: „The Trio Cellar is a family winery.  Located at Diszel, on the eastern edge of the Tapolca on Mount Hajagos primarily the traditional wine-growing region of the Badacsony. Their winery produce and were award: Sürkebarát – 2016  Bronze, Zeus – 2013  Silver, Rose Rose – 2016 Gold, Vulcanus – 2016 Bronze, Pinot noir. Our goal is to familiarize consumers with the Badacsony wine region through local varieties. People interested in their wines are welcome to the local tasting cellar.” The two generations involved in the production, in cooperation, complement each other well. It is important that a family maintains the traditions and the three brothers also strive to do so. The Trio Cellar’s aim is to introduce grape and wine culture and to promote cultured wine consumption. You want to know that is true. you have to go and enjoy not only the beauty of the landscape, but also the finer-tasting wines.

In Hungary, the most common type of vine variety is at the Badacsony Wine Region. The Kéknyelű is true specialty. Was told on the spot  representing Kiss István winemaker, their late harvest Special Kéknyelű wine named “KISS”  … flavor and design goes well within bottled in blue color, catch the eye in second! It has been matured in oak barrels for a month and its specialty of a female grape, not self-pollinating, but a stammer couple fertilizing.  Other wines for tasting from the Szent György Hegy (Saint George Mount) from Kiss István wine makers received high number of visitors at the event. Some award wines were for tasting as well:  Rose Stone Silver, Olaszrizling Late, Királyleányka.  You want to know that is true about them, you have to visit and enjoy not only the beauty of the landscape, but also the finer-tasting wines. For wines  and traditional food lovers  worthwhile to pay a visit to the Kiss István winery,where guests can enjoy dinners also served at its restaurant.

Fata Cellar at  Badacsonytomaj have a 100 years of family tradition, mainly use hand-cultivation, with a large proportion of plantations with white grapes. Popular their  Rózsakő, Kéknyelű, Olaszrizling, Ürmös, Szürkebarát. István Nagy, spoke about their full range tour around the vineyards, traditional delicious restaurant and Guesthouse. Maybe Fata’s cellar doesn’t right away ring the bell, say much to wine fans, but if you have already tasted their wines, your opinion will be certainly different. As can be seen they offer 3in1!

Over the past 20 years, the Varga Cellar has the Hungarian wine professionally and technologically renewed fundamentally. The quality of the wines has become a Western European standard. Their philosophy … is not enough to produce just fine, balanced wines, you need wines that leave a mark on the consumer that you remember and you will rediscover from the thousands of items. The Badacsony Szürkebarát made from the crushed grapes is the classic of the classics, the most noble and most characteristic of the last 100 years of the most famous Badacsony species. Badacsony golden cut Szürkebarát wine was awarded with the Gold Medal 2015.

The origin of “Csobánc Taste” originates from the Csobánc Hill. In 2013, they bought a nice estate with vines and fruit trees. These fruits were only processed for our own pleasure and deliberately avoiding preservatives, additives thickeners so in the jars, besides our love and energy, only fruit and vegetables are used. As was told by Katalin that closed into every bottle is the Csobánc mountain spring scents, flavors and colors of summer to the autumn levels. All their products are homemade … vegetable creams, sugar-free jams, lavender products … all that stimulus the eye and the mouth!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Hungary’s “Blue Blood”pure fruit wine the one-and-only in Europe!

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There are many items, things named “Blue Blood” not just in Europe, around the world, but the one-and-only “Blue Blood” fruit wine in Europe is produced  by  Csaba Sápi  at Csömör – Hungary!

Blue Blood – Timea Sápi 

The Blue Blood wine was born of a fortuitous, and later-on by repeatedly experimentation born a new additive-free blue sweet fruit wine.

The Blue Blood wine was introduced  for the media at the  Ray’s Gourmand and Bar – Budapest. Before tasting, have a look-see the Blue Blood color which carries the color of the blue sky and of the turquoise sea at the same time! It will tempt your senses first with vanilla, spicy scent and taste, then with a peachy apricot, and with the presence of cunning blueberry, and the crunch of cherry, and finally the creamy elderberry will deliver the orgasm of the flavors! Evoking aromas within its fragrance even in the coldest winter days summons the spring, even brings refreshment to the hottest summer day.

Need to know no filling machines do the bottling, nor plugging, neither capsules! They do the job with the help of human hands, as before int he old days. They love to preserve traditions and attempt to carry on! Saying more work with it, but quality product deserves attention and principle is quality, above all! Only natural ingredients … Just fruit! … without artificial flavor and fragrance materials just as within the other 25 produced kind of fruit wines, one of the more tempting fruit wines than the other, not to mention mouth-watering flavors  that are unimaginable without tasting them.

There are two types of premium groups the Hungaricum premium and the premium products. The only difference is that the premium Hungaricum, typically carrying a unique flavor, technology, which is outstanding even at international level.

The Blue Blood fruit wine is not only delicious, but healthy too and you can’t resist the look at this please product. Everyone can find their own favorit to their own taste!

They do not want mass production and serve large multi-store houses. Their goal is to introduce more fruit wines at festivals and  special events.

Update and snaps Aggie  Reiter

XVIII. National Syngenta Wine Competition @ Siófok – Hungary

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More than ever, a new record of recordings … a total of 559 wine application arrived from the country’s several wine regions, participating in the 18th National Syngenta Wine Competition. This year the best prizes of the SynVino awards took place at Siófok – Hungary.  Prize were awarded to Bárdos and Fia Winery, the Béres Vineyards, the Koch Csaba Vine Art Winery, and the NAIK Vine and Wine Research Institute.

The past year was nothing to say it was a normal year for grape growing, due to the extreme climatic conditions and had met significant technical challenges of managing the vineyard  by the management professionals.  The last time was 100 years ago, when passed among the vines between budding and flowering just 30 days, but the results showed most of them took well over the obstacles. Last year, the amount of harvested 65 thousand hectares of grapes amounted to 500 thousand tons, of which 3.5 million hectare liter of wine produced, which is considered good not only in terms of quantity, but also in terms of quality.

The 2018 vintage wines were found neatly into the Syngenta awards. This year’s wine competition with 48 gold medals being recognized by the jury experts. The fragrant white varieties such as the Irsai Oliver, and the outstanding 2018 red wines, the Rosé highlighted the wines in the competition.

Overall a fine year for the wine producers … Twenty percent of the wines were awarded Gold and more than 50 percent received Silver medals.

Adding to the well deserved Gold awarded wine producers …  not a complete list of the  awarded wines mentioning all the 48 gold medalist … editorial comment … The Szentpéteri Wine Cellar LtdKunság: Olaszrizling selection 2018,  the Kékfrankos Rosé 2018, the Chardonnay Selection 2017 and from Balatonboglár – Bujdosó Vineyard: Merlot 2015, Brut Rosé Champagne, Cruiser 2017 …  both received GOLD AWARDS with many other wine makers.  This update is not only about to read, but have to be tasted by locals and foreigners visiting whilst staying in Hungary… most of them are available at the wine traders shops.

By-the-way …just a reminder, this week-end Fiery Wines – Volanic Flavors from the Badacsony Region of Wines coming with 38 wine makers bringing 160 wines to Budapest.

Date and Place: Saturday, March, 9. 2019. – New York Palace – Rome Hall – Budapest – District, VII., 9. Erzsébet Boulevard. Take it Easy … Enjoy your timeout … tickets available on the spot!

Updated Aggie Reiter

WineNet’s – Season of Carnival – City Park Café – Budapest

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On Friday, February 22, 2019 the WineNet invited guests to spend at a romantic environment, a panoramic view of Vajdahunyad Castle (District, XIV., 6. Olof Palme promenade – Budapest) in front  Budapest’s huge ice rink and gastronomic specialties at the City Park Café to enjoy the Season of Carnival along with the selected wines also available at the WineNet – Hungary.

The WineNet decided to organizing a gathering with invited guest to chase away winter connected  in the company of fine wines. Wine is one of the best expressions of the human soul. Everything is manifested in the wine itself. Wine has heart, soul, desires, but even shows how lovable it can be. Saying farewell to the season of winter is the best way to dress in the company of good wine! Taste of delicious finger food were served as well.

The noisy carnival celebrations were brought about by an ancient belief that at the end of winter, when the days are shorter and the nights are longer, the Sun loses power and evil spirits come to life. They tried to banish merriment, carnival costume parade, puppet witch burning.

Carnival time saying here I am!  Upon arrival many turned to the roulette table.  Unique wine roulette. The tasting starts with a welcome drink and a quick overview of the basic tastings. At the „ Blind Tasting” the wines were dressed in carnival costume. Participants to join the play laid their betting medals on the roulette table, of course after tasting a wine, tips could be made regarding … from which wine region or the vineyard,  the wine type, flavor characteristics, wine vintage year, which fruit flavors  dominate can be discovered. During the game, the players stood around the table. Players taste 6 items at the wine tasting.

The main protagonist of the evening were: Babarczi Vineyard and Cellar, Bogdán Estate, Dubicz Winery, Font Winery, Gróf Degenfeld Winery, Winery of Jenő Istvándy, Winery of Tamás Lelovits, Wine House of Molnár, Recas Winery, Wine Cellar of Szentpéteri.

At the wine tasting, wine makers gave in-depth, related to their experiences the background of their wines. Mentioning a couple:

Szentpéteri wine cellar.  At Municipality region defines typically the wine’s purity and freshness. In addition to a light and elegant appearance of elder and vine flowers and scent surprised when tasting like a bunch of heavenly grapes.Very harmonious acidity of the wine. Unique fragrances. Mediterranean-style rosé (Mediterranean fragrances, in addition to the Mediterranean fruit and blackberry, red currant aromas complex and unique appearance is exciting wine). During the tasting were: Kadarka 2017, Néró rosé selection 2018, Kékfrankos Rosé 2018, Olaszrizling Selection 2018. it is undeniable that there are Gold and Silver medals received at several international competitions by the wines of Szentpéteri wine cellar.

Tamás Lelovits  wine country are mainly producing dry red. Villány has created a brand with the wine region, which can only be 100% pure, premium quality Cabernet Franc. Extreme crop limitation for raw material: up to 80-90 dkg of grape per capital. It was bottled after 18 months of barrel maturation for the first time. Villányi Franc is the embodiment of elegance and harmony. The Villány Rosé Curvée 2018 was pretty popular at the wine tasting.

Dubicz Winery lays at the territory Mátra that is considered as Hungary’s second largest wine region. The Southern slopes of Mátra already existed in the Middle Ages. The Kékfrankos Rosé 2018 fragrance reminds of red fruits like raspberry, red currant. Tight structure, excellent crispy acidity, little frisky CO2, it is excellent to drink with soda water as well.

Those who wished took a funny mask. Raffle also took place offered by the wine makers of three wines on the spot.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Balaton Circle Gastro Picnic @ Csopak

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The Lake Balaton Circle has been established for four years as a group of hosts who are most committed to the quality renewal of gastronomy in the region. Among the circle members there is local restaurant, confectionery, pálinka maker, wine bar and several wineries that are open all the year-round Northern Lake Balaton.  Main goal driving the members of the association lies in their co-operation and  their common thinking and a message about quality, authenticity.

Csopak’s succulent wines, award-winning wine makers have a huge wine list for wine lovers to find their favorite variety and vintage.

The Csopak picnic on Saturday, February, 23. opening at Noon.

Update Aggie Reiter

Géza Balla – Wine Producer of the Year 2018.

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“Good wines give spark to love, wings to thoughts, and goes well at the fireplace with friends.” these were the words at the opening by Géza Balla – Winner of Wine Producer of the Year 2018. This time was the 1st occasion that from outside of the borderline from Ménes- Magyarádi/Romania became the winner of the 28th awarded winemaker in Hungary.  The award goes to the person who produces the highest quality wine.

Zilai Zoltán – President MBA and members of the Hungarian Wine Academy (MBA) chose this year’s to be awarded among five candidates and Géza Balla (Arad Hegyalja wine region) was the winner winemaker of the year. The award is highly judged by professionals and wine makers and the person who produces the highest quality wine.

At the plaque Géza Balla winemaker of the year pulled the curtain down and standing with his name – 2018 winemaker of the year, Present were President  – Hungarian Wine Academy, Sales Director  -Levente Kiss –  Capital of Budapest Municipality and Market Directorate with press and invited guests.

At the end of the baseline level at the Central Market is the Hungaricum Street, worthwhile to visit the place.  Most probably the majority of the Hungarians are not aware of having such an interesting exhibition downstairs. And as for the foreign tourists  unless the tour guide does not take the group there, then will miss a lot in learning how many regions in this small country has fine wines … not just tasting the fine Hungarian wines but to known where they grew up).  Inside  the exhibition  hall the description are written in Hungarian and English professional.

A brief background to the Ménes-Magyarádi venue … The first written entries from the historical wine region of Ménes-Magyarád were from 1023. Ménes- Magyarádi has always been the home of the strong, fiery red wines, the goal of our winery to bring this old patina to the studded wine region. We manage 75 hectares, over 80% of which are blue grapes. Our wines are characteristic, fiery and have a special character, they can not be compared to wines from other wine regions. The history of the famous Kadary of Ménesi dates back to 300 years, from which the first red essence was first made.

According to some assumptions, Kékfrankos of Eastern origin, according to research, is from the Caspian Sea coast. Its color is ruby-red, fiery with a characteristic aroma of delicious, fruity aroma characteristic of the breed and the wine region of the Ménes wine region. The wine is pleasantly flavored with fine tannins and slightly acidic. When aged in a bottle, it retains its youthful, beautiful scent.  Wine is matured in barrique barrels for six month, later becomes full-bodied wine. Need not be afraid if finding thinner colored blue fries in the glass. The color is now only a secondary factor.

Beside  mainly red wines , which is typical on the region, dry white wines are also on harvest.

Géza Balla made his point .. “Much more important is the “length of the taste” and the “taste concentration”, which in the case of the Ménes wines are typical unique wines.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

The winter season continues rolling along the wine-growing areas of Badacsony

Lake Balaton is the largest Sweetwater and shallowest lake in Central Europe.  Approximately two-hour drive from Budapest. Balaton wine region is one of the seven larger wine regions of Hungary.

Lake Balaton besides being an attractive holiday resort, also a wine region of ten thousand hectares.  Before wine became a tourist attraction in its own right, Lake Balaton … the Hungarian Sea was the holiday location in Hungary… it serves every possible recreational for the need, sailing, bathing, horse-riding, walking, cycling, sightseeing around castles and nature reserves. Highlights offering private Wine Day Tours and Balaton Wine and Sailing Tours.

As for the latest newsflash, starting on January, 20.

Hit the road … rolling along to the Wine Routing event organized by the Badacsony Céh Tourism Association that will resume by means of an exemplary combination of wine growing, restaurants and accommodation in the wine region, where, from January, 20.  – June, 15 wine tasting and dining opportunities will be offered by other wine-growers and/or restaurants from week-to-week.

Hit the road … rolling along to Wine Routing. The Badacsony Wine Exploring Tour A Good Adventure in the Valley of the Vulcans“, organized this year for the 12th occasion. From year-to-year became more popular since from the beginning participating 10 cellars, this year 21
cellars participation have joined the program and most guests arriving to the region connecting their stay with other adventures on the spot. Badacsony and its surroundings are an attractive destination for wintering and spring.

The Badacsony Guild Association has nearly 200 members, including wine-growers, wine cellars, restaurants, entrepreneurs and other tour operators, as well as the local governments of the destination as: Badacsonytomaj, Badacsonytördemic, Szigliget, Ábrahámhegy who have realized that they can be more efficient by joining forces. The “tangible”results of more than 10 years of contemplation and collaboration include the Badacsony’s exclusive wine tasting arriving to the New York Café – Budapest on April 14. The three main wine-growing regions of the wine region, hitting the routes on the „Bortriatlon” Wine Triatlon, the playful race  featuring: the „Szürkebarát” Tour on May, 12-13, the Blooming „Kéknyelű” on June, 2-3 and the Riesling Vacations on October, 13-14. On May, 20, Pentecost Sunday awaiting the love couples to the “Rózsakő” Rosewood again for the traditional Pentecost engagement, which is an unforgettable experience not only for couples. Wine prepared named from this region may sound for foreigners like the home planets of superheroes, but that is the unique of the Hungarian language.

The most brilliant example of co-reflection and co-operation is serving the comfy way to visit by the visitors  touring by the use of  the hop-on hop-off  Badacsony Regional Bus operated by the Association, will be running again from spring, with an expanding schedule to serve guests reaching the wine cellars and so forth. The Association has been working on providing guided tours for several years, this tour starts on the 1st of April this year with a „Moonlight Tour” and a special tour for almost every week-end until December, 1.2018.

The Balaton area produces mostly crisp and aromatic white wines, though the southern shore is producing an increasing amount of reds. Badacsony is just about the only place in the country that grows „Kéknyelű”… an indigenous grape which is difficult to grow and  slightly disappeared … which is being resurrected by a few dedicated wine makers. The  wine advantures shoots off with Istvády Workshop on 6 p.m. on January, 20. (well recomended to be on the spot).

Detailed info.: www.badacsony.com

Update Aggie Reiter