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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

Badacsonyi wineries arriving – New York Palace Budapest

Badacsonyi cellars hidden treasures! 

District, VII., 9-11 Erzsébet Boulevard – Budapest

Calling wine lovers to meet the cream of the Badacsony Region wineries on Wednesday, April, 5. 2017., at the one of the word’s impressive  cafe house Budapest Cafe New York. 

In recent years, the Lake Balaton Tourinform Badacsony brings to Budapest  the winemakers from Badacsony and with great success presenting their wines for the real wine lovers and this year will be the same, heartly introducing  at the same place.

Wine lovers are welcomed from 4 p.m. to join the exclusive tastings. The event close at 9 p.m.

Badacsonytomaj,  is located in the northern part of the Lake Balaton. The region’s center  received recognition and awarded as  “The International City of Grape and Wine” 30 years ago. This year this award focus on the old wines. During the event the wine makers personally offer to fill the glasses with their fresh and great wines. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested to learn more about the local producers. From the small to the largest … from the handicraft producers to large wineries will be present and everyone is welcome to participate at the wine tasting and discuss with these professionals, directly  receive answers to their questions, learn about the wines around Badacsony. The wines presented were previously pre-qualified on blind tasting in order to present the guests the best wines of the region.

As in the past years, this year masterclasses will be going to color the event with interesting topics, speakers and exciting wines! Mind you, to attend at these gatherings there are  different prices,  at 4.30 p.m. Masterclass – Ticket price: 3900HUF. and at 6.30 p.m. Masterclass – Ticket price: 2900HUF.

On site there will be only a limited number of tickets to buy for 6900HUF. Ordering tickets through registration – http://www.kostolo.badacsony.com – unfortunately, the site only in Hungarian language … the pre-order ticket price is for 5900HUF.

Update Aggie Reiter

Herald News – HUNGEXPO – Viticulture and Viniculture – 2017

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District, X. 10. Albertisai Road – Budapest

January, 25 – 27. – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
January, 28.  – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

From the vineyard plantation to the production of wine!

The only hungarian trade exhibition of technology in viticulture and winery offers yet another opportunity for introducing market operators in the sector at the end of January in 2017. Bring along your new offers and launch the new year with a number of good deals!

The associated co-exhibitions of Viticulture and Viniculture in the HUNGEXPO Budapest Fair Center shall be the same this year as well: the most important domestically organised agrarian exhibition, AGROmashEXPO, AgrargepShow and Hungarian Garden, an event of gardening and park management.

The bunch of exhibition attracted 45.000 visitors in 2016, 11% of which was primarily interested in the Viticulture and Vineculture trade exhibition, while 18% of all visitors indicated that they are interested in vine growing and wine making.

The thematic covers the entire supply chain of wine making. Any product, technology and service associated with wines can be presented at the exhibition and from the past few years on wineries are also offered the opportunity to introduce themselves.

Distillation of Spirits – Enviroment Protection – Information Technology!

In 2017  would like to provide emphatically an opportunity to present equipment and devices used for distillation of spirits  i.e. Pálinka, complementing the topics related to wineries.
Thus reckon with the presence of all who deal with the manufacture and distribution or marketing of equipment and tools used for making Pálinka.
An additional new feature is the appearance of sector related environmental and hygienic equipment, machinery or tools, and the introduction of the more and more widely spread information technology solutions.

Daily ticket:3900HUF

Two-day ticket (for optional 2 days):5800HUF

Daily ticket – online paid, with registration:1900HUF

Two-day ticket (for optional 2 days) online paid, by registration:2250HUF

Discounted ticket (for pensioners and students):1900HUF

Discounted two-day ticket (for pensioners and students):3000HUF

Student group ticket/person (over 10 students):500HUF

The tickets are valid for all the simultaneous exhibitions AGROmashEXPO and Hungarian Garden

Entrance: Gate I., II. and III.

Source: Hungexpo Budapest Fair Center

Updating Aggie Reiter

Liquid of Gold – Tokaj Wine – Chief Oenologist Károly Áts

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The uniqueness of Tokaj is not just about the various wines, but also mentioned as the gold liquid from the  regions vineyards, but a major part to produce this gold liquid lies on the „shoulders” of the wine makers.

The Tokaj area has been producing great wine for generations, passing down its knowledge from father to son, and earning its reputation as a historical wine region.

The region is famous for the Grand Tokaj winery, and its flagship Tokaji Aszú, a classic Hungarian wine listed as a ‘Hungaricum’ in Hungary, and produced only in the best vintages.

Károly Áts – born and bred in Tokaj-Hegyalja, grapes and wine always played a part in his life through his father. His aim was to return nature’s gifts through his wines and to bring joy to wine drinkers.

In 2002, Károly Áts created Áts Cuvée, the now legendary late-harvest Tokaj sweet wine that bears his name. In 2006, American magazine Wine & Spirits awarded his 1999 Tokaji Essencia 100 points. In 2009, his 2003 Betsek Aszú wine was an absolute winner and his 2007 dry Furmint a category winner in the “Top 100 Wines” competition in the daily newspaper – Népszabadság. In 2012, he was awarded the titles “Winemaker of Wineries” and “Winemaker of the Year.” In recognition of his outstanding professional work in the service of development of the Tokaj-Hegyalja Wine Region, Áts received the Civil Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary in 2014. In 2013 the Tokaj wine  entered in the list of Hungarikum.

Some outstanding wines of the outstanding winemaker: Furmint – Furmint is a grape variety of Hungarian origin, one of the most distinctive and frequently occurring varieties in the Tokaj-Hegyalja Wine Region. Besides Furmint, Hárslevelű is the other widely occurring grape variety in Tokaj-Hegyalja, an old regional variety of probably Hungarian origin. It gained its name from the similarity of its leaves to those of the linden tree. Besides Furmint, Hárslevelű is the other widely occurring grape variety in Tokaj-Hegyalja, an old regional variety of probably Hungarian origin. It gained its name from the similarity of its leaves to those of the linden tree. Muscat Lunel grows in only a few wine regions in Hungary, but in many more places in Europe. It is known as one of the most long-established varieties. The Kabar grape variety was created by crossing Bouvier with Hárslevelű. Its vine stocks produce few shoots, while its leaves are ivy green. Its yield is lower than that of Zéta. The berries are thick-skinned, making them more resistant to rainy weather.This grape variety is linked to the name of Ferenc Király, who created it in 1951 by crossing Bouvier and Furmint. Previously known as Oremus, its name was changed to Zéta much later. Indigenous to the Black Sea region, this grape variety disappeared from vineyards following the phylloxera epidemic, and has since maintained only a modest presence in the wine region.

The Essencia, was/is the wine that was actually listed as a medicine generations ago!

Last year, at the European finals of Bocuse D’Or was introduced Károly Ats wines where the crème de la crème of gastronomy and the outstanding premium wines met.

The Tokaj region is not that far from Budapest, approx. two-and-a-half hours and several accommodation options available to roll over to Tokaj by the Hungarians and/or foreigners.

Update Aggie Reiter

 

More recent renewed SPAR Budapest

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Since its founding, this year the SPAR Hungary reached its 25th  anniversary. By now has established 345 supermarkets and 32 Interspar and Spar 108 TOP Partner franchise. The expansion in the future continues to open new stores within the modernization of existing stores which is the company’s development policy priority.
“At 73. Kerepesi Road – Budapest, the SPAR supermarket is one of the most popular retail outlets in the area, and significant shopping individuals live surround the venue. Therefore, was decided to install the 21st-century in styling and high quality service in the store.”- Said Mark Maczelka brand communication manager. Continued by saying: Q.: “The 1760-square-meters store sales rooms were entirely renewed.”

The customers  awaited in passion for the new SPAR to be open.  On the day of opening the store was full by the local customers. They welcomed the newly designed delicate desks, and  the show bakery shelves. The shop equipment is designed in the new SPAR store model: at the entrance, at first sight can be recognized the goods by the installation of low shelves – so the customers can easily navigate through the store … fresh meat, wide selection of Hungarian wines, pastries, fruit and veggies can be purchased by the customers. Also a kinda home-goods can be also bought at the store. The refrigerated counter at department and uniquely refrigerated beverage also was developed in the shopping area. The shops of goods and fresh products under label of the popular SPAR own brand of high-quality can also be found beside local products and locally baked bakery products that are affordable.
The also established the SPAR to Go supermarket in developing within the store a restaurant area where locally prepared grilled dishes, fries, pizzas can be purchase.

Update by Aggie Reiter

South- Lake Balaton – New Wine Day – Kéthelyi Kristinus Wine Estate

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The invited guests and the general public had the pleasure to taste a total of 16 wines brought from exquisite wine cellar at the conference hall of Kéthelyi Kristinus Wine Estate. The organizers pointed out the day to arrange the „New Wine Day” on the St. Marton’s Day.

The South Balaton wine flavors within the specific features of excellent fruity red wines, fresh white wines, rosé of and sparkling wine awareness strives to „Wine Trail – South Lake Balaton Association” whose members are not only residents at the South Lake Balaton … Hungarians call the area … “Hungarian Sea” are not only inviting visitors in the summer season, but from the Fall to the Spring to recharge and enjoy the local flavors at the charming wine cellars.

Dénes Gádor – chairman of the South-Balaton Wine Route Association said: Q.: “The wineries are joining forces to give the basis to work together to reach the shores of Lake Balaton the truly wines – their best showing the truly wines the region. Fortunately, the unity between the wine-makers and the gastronomy representatives are getting closer in sharing this idea.” The wineries at the South Lake Balaton agreed that in addition to the popularity of the cellars during the summer season it is important to keep life going by visiting these cellars open throughout the cooler season, and int he meantime enjoy the recreational opportunities which are becoming increasingly popular as a gastronomic tourism.

„The Lake reflect the rays of the sun, the soil and the hills from way back in the historical times also was as an excellent wine-growing areas. Over the past decades the mistakes of the former large-scale farming eliminating excellent wine makers started to flourish again in the wine culture in South Lake Balaton. Within the framework of the association of wineries together, helping each other’s work, and happy to say the general public know these wines are produced at the Southern Area of Lake Balaton. We became an adult in a new generation that experiences further developing the predecessors to modern trends also shows, and as a result, more and more of our wines gain recognition outside of the region” said by Ferenc Bujdosó – president of the County Council Balatonboglári Mountain.

Flórian Zaruba – managing director of hospitality Kristinus Wine Estate welcoming speech said that the lake has always been tourism and the relationship with the rest of the world said. The Balaton wine-making traditions, the association’s professional work and collaboration together helps ensure internationally competitive quality.

The event was under the patronage – Attila József Moring – MP, who summed up the event’s mission Q.: “Today there is much more to the lake as a summer tourist destination. important region, which is one of the most attractive wines being sold in the cultural, culinary and economic sense. The events like today also underscore that role. “

After presentations and tasting through the wide scale of selected delicious wines presented by 16 wine makers, also had a „moment” having a chat with the wine makers in particular of this year’s harvest results and their satisfaction to their best wines. Was told that this year around 25% of some vineyards suffered from the unexpected bad weather condition… the scattered frosts was to blame. So after all, at some vineyards were by measure less to harvest than expected, but some wine makers were still satisfied.

At the event debut wineries were: Bujdosó Winery, Buzás Vineyards,  Dézsma cellar, Garamvári Vineyards, Hujber Cellar, IKON winery, Katona Winehouse, Kislaki Wine Manufactory, Konyári Winery, Kristinus Wine Estate, Öregbaglas Vineyards, Pötyi Winery, Pócz Winery, Rádpuszta Vineyards, Várszegi Winery , Veszprém Winery.

The South  Lake Balaton wine flavors within the specific features of excellent fruity red wines, fresh white wines, rosé of and sparkling wine awareness strives to „Wine Trail in South Lake Balaton Association” whose members are not only residents at  this area, a.k.a.  „Hungarian Sea” …  this is how the Hungarians call the sweet water lake …  are not only having open doors in inviting visitors only in the summertime, but from the Fall to Spring as to recharge and enjoy the traditions, also visiting the charming wine cellars, their excellent gastronomy and all what takes to “Welcome Tourism.”

Getting close to the end of the year, maybe just good in time to keep in mind where to arrange recharge meetings with friend and/or family as to enjoy the huge collection of the Southern Lake Balaton wines at the local winemakers and cellars wineries.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

The 2nd Furnace Gastronomic Festival – Kiskőrös – Hungary – 2016.

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A Full Day Tour at Kikőrös -2016.

Kiskőrös town is in the Great Plain –  Bács-Kiskun County. Just 134 kms. in distance from Budapest.  Sándor Petőfi – the Hungarian poet/writer was born here in January, 1823. Petofi worship life of the city, and the development of tourism is also a dominant. The birthplace of the poet and introducing his life and much more attracts tourists from far and wide.

Despite  the rainy and rather chilly day on 12th of November,  was ensured to be looking after at Kiskőrös, hosted  by József Szabó – director of the Matthias Pálinka – Kunság-Distilling Ltd, located at 35-37. Bánffy Street, Kiskőrös. This company’s products maybe not too much in the spotlight by the Hungarian travelers, not to mention the foreigners, so here we go with an update of visiting the plant and much more.  It is the largest active company in distilled alcoholic beverages. And neither not to mention they produce a kinda of Pálinka (spirit) that already hit the tops  by receving  diplomas, gold  medals and taken other award prizes here in Hungary and abroad at high stands in pálinka completions.

Upon arrival welcome drink was offered by our host as to choose, fill our glass with pálinka from the variety of  the Matthias Pálinka. Then came a brief introduction  the plant. Was told, the Matthias manufactory is a family run since 1994, and started production in 2013. It is one of the to-day’s biggest computer-controlled distillery in the country. The manufacture contains 4 modern alcoholic drink bottling production lines within 3 soft drink bottling production lines. Their production capacity reaching up to 200000 bottles/shifts. Now, that sounds enormous .. doesn’t it!? The company also operates an important facility for the cleaning of empties and contains 2 bottle cleaning devices. The selection of products contains various drinks, from lower quality to more expensive, exclusive products. Now-a-days they produce 74 different drinks in various size of bottles. They deliver the products throughout the entire country with their own proper transport vehicles. Last but not least said, they aim to extend their distribution network, to develop unique and high quality products and to locate export possibilities. After the introduction was escorted  on a tour through the factory around the distillery and it was nothing to compare with other distilleries have seen previously. The whole palinka production goes through computerize environment 24Hs. A very neet and well-organized company. From 2011 the Kunság-Pálinka (Spirits) Ltd received the certification as mark holder – title: “Excellent Food Product – Hungary“. The company produce Matthias Pálinka – up to 40% alcohol and as it was told they do not wish to raise the alcohol percentage,  because then  it  would take away its fruit typical flavor. The bitter Matthias liqueur within awesome favor of herbs … similar to the Jägermeister … BUT the fresh herbs are much more dominant, velvety and smooth. Also the plant’s highlights are the honey apricot liqueur, which in 2012 won in the category of “Outstanding Hungarian Product” award at the Austrian Iinternational Destilling competition.

After paying a visit at the distillery were invited to enjoy the hospitality of the Curt Pub and Restaurant & Music Night Club (Kurta Kocsma Étterem és Zenés Mulatóhely).  Just in a glance seen what a marvelously designed venue, which could easterly go in competition of any four stars restaurants in Budapest, that’s for sure! No wonder that it is one of Kiskörös most popular restaurants. Year around they have ongoing special parties and events. Talkative scent and each dish of food specialties of the restaurant was simply mouth-watering … no wonder cause most of the staff members previously worked on cruise lines and in London (UK) pubs and restaurants. Robbie was our waiter who spoke fluently English, but all the staff have other language knowledge beside the Hungarian. Thumbs-up to the owner of the place – surely managed to bring together the well-trained, professional staff.

After having a pleasant lunch  strolled over to visit to the Sir John Visitor Center at 6. Martini Street – Kiskőrös to view the interactive exhibition of John the Valiant (János Vitéz). Experienced the state-of-the-art technical solutions as moving around exhibition with the use of tablet guides and sound bell jars. Our journey was as walking through a „newwave” of informal education operating at Kiskőrös. Good example to turn learning into an experience, generating interest in culture and literature among younger children in an easy way.

Reaching to the end of our touring day stopped at the Petofi Square where the II. Furnace Gastronomic Festival took place.  The tradition is continued basis, thanks to last year’s success to local residents and neighboring towns, as well as tourists visiting the complex gastronomy and music programs provided. The craft exhibitors and from the nearby area of small local growers brought their products to the venue. The new wines tasting and must were not to be missed! despite the 4Q temperature, the visitors were gathering, rolling around various stands tasting/eating the Chimney Cake, pies with region’s taste, wines from the region, craft beer, mulled wine and other street food stand.  Before leaving the venue spent short time watching the local folk dance group as welcoming the Feast of St. Marton Day with the goose meals. At 6.30 p.m. began the concert time opening with the Groovehouse, followed by at 8 p.m. DJ Dominique and closing the night at 9 p.m. with a kind of house party to entertain the audience by the Brother Band.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter