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Varga Winery wants to “kick the door” with fruity champagne – 2019

Varga Winery wants to “kick the door” with fruity champagne … for the coming  New Year!

The consumption patterns are changing at the Varga Winery in Badacsonyörs, which sells 14 million bottles of wine annually in Hungary, now produces not only wines but also premium sparkling wines. The result of years of experience and experimentation is the Fresh Golden Plate Extra Dry fruity sparkling family, which is one of the most popular varieties of recent years, Irsai Oliver and the popular Pinot Noir rose, as well as a blend, called cuvée. With its fruity sparkling wine, the winery wants to start new consumption habits following the trend of fresh fruit that has been proven for wines.

In contrast to wine consumption, champagne is still seasonal and is mainly associated with the end of the year. In Hungary, about 20 million bottles of champagne are consumed annually for approx. half are for the last two months of the year.

Varga Winery has launched its Fresh Golden Cut with its fruity sparkling product line for the season holiday, all three of which are extra dry.  As they say … this is the time when trade is welcoming new sparkling wines. Due primarily to the New Year’s Eve tradition, half of their annual sales are concentrated in the last two months of the year.

Varga Winery Release

Update Aggie Reiter

 The 3rd. “BorMedence” (WineValleys) @ Budapest – 2019

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This year the  „BorMedence” – (WineValley) held again for the third occasion largest Carpathian tasting gathering –  Festetics Palace – Budapest.

According to the tradition wine village, wine region from the mainland and across the neighboring border of the Carpathian Basin were invited to this year gathering.  The day reflected not only in the selection of wines, but also in music and gastronomy. The event was organized to promote Hungarian wine culture and  thereon from the Carpathian Basin. In 2019 honorary guests wine makers came from across the border:  the Garam mente (Highlands) and Belhon -Somló Hill (Balaton Wine Region).

This year proven by the numbers: 50 exhibitors, 14 historic region, 150 wines to please the wine lover audience. There were as well two master classes: focus on grape and wine varieties of the Carpathian Basin and Central Europe (Monarchy wines, Tokaj, Highland and Somló specialties).

To list all 50 winemakers would be as a small novel, so only a few are mentioned … So … whether you are new wine traveler or a discriminating wine aficionado, there are several wine regions in Hungary and  across the boarder worth visiting that were to explore at the “BorMedence” – (WineValley)  tasting.

On the press blvd, several winemakers were featured, learned about their culture rolling on the wine tour which absolutely was great way to hear about their history not only for the locals but for so many foreigners being on the spot.

The Mátra wine region located about 80 kilometers from Budapest. An unusually high concentration of volcanic mountain ranges in the northern part of the country produce wonderfully mineral-rich wines of the Mátra region. Mátra is Hungary’s second largest wine region. Wine growing and viniculture in the Mátra region was established prior to the arrival of the Magyars in the Carpathian Basin and the first written accounts referring to wine making date back to the 11th century. Their grape varieties are: Olaszrizling (Italian Riesling) which is the most common type of vine planted in the region. The varieties include Chardonnay, Rizlingszilváni, Leányka, Muscat Ottonel, Tramini and Sauvignon Blanc. The Mátra Mountains with their moderate climate and protected areas provide perfect growing conditions for the local vineyards. The Mátra region’s soil is varied, lacking lime, pannonian clay rich in nutrients, volcanic andesite, andesite tufa and liparite tufa. After great deforestations, the soil became some places chernozem. The lecture was bit longer than expected, but worthwhile in discovering the  wines. The Dominium Winery introduced a grate selection of the products and tasting each bottled wine from different years gave different experience and different after taste. Their late-harvesting wine was amazing, simply mouthwatering.

To relax and enjoy the taste of the King of Wines  from Tarcal – HungaryTokajicum Sárgamuskotály 2018.  was no surprise for those who have had  tasted the wines from Tokaj.  The aroma is dominated by the muscatel character, complemented by lime and grapefruit. With its flattering scent and pleasant residual sugar content, it is a real treat for sweet wine lovers. It is recommended to consume at 9 ° C. Hand harvested. Alcohol content: 11.5% .The 20-hectare vineyard is located in an unrivaled location. Its panorama is smooth as the wines and fantastic view of the southern tip of the Bald Mountain. According to archival sources, the estate still surrounded by vineyards used to be the property of Count Andrássy. All of their vineyards are located in first-class, famous historic vineyards.

In addition to the well-known wineries in Hungary and abroad, also invited some lesser-known but also excellent winemakers from non-Hungarian winemakers from around the Carpathian Basin. Main purpose to introduce the boundless wine culture of the Carpathian Basin and its various regions.

The wine making began for myself in 2006 under the care of his father’s estate vineyard. The aim was to make wine in the Kali Basin side of the mountains, which offer an unforgettable experience for the consumer. The geologic history formed the Balaton Uplands into a spectual landscape worth to step on its soil. It risen from the ancient Pannonian Sea. The soil  forming on top of volcanic mountains. The Mediterrenean subclimate made this land an inspirational place for many generation throughout the history, so was told by Gyula Szabó mine maker from Köveskál.

The Simonfay Wine Mansion was founded in 2004 by Dr. Géza Simonfay at Tarcal and have been developing and expanding since then. The Simonfay wines are of high quality, the grape’s nutrient medium is given by the Tokaji declivity’s the Barackos vineyard. The first Hárslevelű (Hungarian grape variety from Pontian Balcanica branch of Vitis vinifera) bottled wine was produced in 2006. Furmint grapes and wine made from dry one specific privilege for a long time which was only a “by-product” of Tokaj. Solely white wine is produced in this region. However the emphasis is no longer put on the production of dessert wine but also on the production of dry wine. Still to-day the most famous and worldwide known unique wine from Tokaj is the Tokaj Aszú (Ausbruchwein) an Austrian wine term literary meaning … break-out wine!  Nevertheless the white wines of Tokaji are sweet, semi-sweet flavor that appears dominantly, although the excellent properties of Simonfay wines include the dry Furmint as well.

IstvánPince – Ipolyság – Kálvária winery – Slovakia. Quality wines on the desk for tasting hit one of the top by many tasters. There were more than ten wines in the “battle of tasting”, Sárgamuskotály, Pészeki Leányka, Király Leányka and last but not least have to highlight the “Zenit semi-sweet 2018 amazing wine in every sence. Very body wines with fresh tastes. Beside visiting their winery may also host up to 90-100 guests at the same time with 30 accommodations. Naturally have to make reservation in advance. István winery is on the top of the Kálvária Hill at Ipolyság. Several of his wines have already won medals in various competitions. Bottling and labeling of bottles takes place in the cellars inherited from his grandfather. Since there are seven István names among his ancestors, the choice of name is taxed before their honor. They hold advance bookings in wine tasting from their own wines with and specially select wines within the wine dinners. István Cellar and Pension is an ideal choice for many types of events. There is also a wine bar in the building and the tired traveler can have a peaceful dream in the tastefully furnished rooms told by István.

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Wine and Gastronomy Events @ Badacsony – Lake Balaton

Highlights to the forthcoming events at Badacsony – Lake BalatonBadacsony – Lake Balaton

Martin’s Day Wine Dinner -Laposa Estate – November, 09. Welcoming a small number of participants  to their traditional, Martin’s wine dinner at Laposa Estate! Of course beside the goose flavors the leader to the dinner will be the this years new wine.

Badacsony New Wine Tasting – November, 16. This fall they wish to fill the Hableány – Mermaid spaces with life and restore to its old function, create a meeting point for the region’s winemakers, and a space where can show the outsiders dropping by the wine of the region. There is no better time to do this, as of November, when its  the new period of wines.They are already beyond the harvest, and finally can taste first “fruits” of their work, the exciting, fresh new wines.

Gastrohegy – Badacsony Flying  – November, 23-24. Poultry meat week-end. Traditional and unconventional dishes are rounded up by the chefs’ soaring imagination: chicken, turkey, pheasant, duck, goose, guinea fowl, rooster, pigeon on the plate in all forms. The rich white wines will go well with the dishes!

GastroHegy/  Non-HAKE –  November, 26-27. Fish gastronomy  at Badacsony but Hake (Merluccius merluccius) by no means! But sturgeon, catfish, bream, perch, fish that the water of Lake Balaton gives on the plate at the vineyard. The menus – comprising seasonally available ingredients of local producers – is put together by our chef based on our own recipes, while having particular regard to the individual wishes of their guests.

Update Aggie Reiter

November is the Season of New Wines – Veritas Wine Shop – Budapest

VERITAS UJBOR 2019. NOV. 4.

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There is no better time than in November to taste the season’s new wine.

Veritas Wine Shop – VII. Dohány Street Budapest

The hustle and bustle of Budapest opened in early September the latest Winebar the VERITAS Winebar. On the Dohany street, catering on the street adjacent to both beverage and food choice, both in terms of interior design was really unique accent to any of the Pest world.

Monday, November, 4 afternoon awaited  guests at the VERITAS wine shop winery to taste vintages new wines of the year.

As the Martin’s Day approaching  it is an annual  gathering  for wine lovers. On the spot there were the participation of 13 wine growers  offering 33 items to taste the selection of their wines.

On the spot the 2019 new wines were in great selection of Rosé,  fragrant Irsai Olives, and the Martin Day Reds. Sensational wines, moments full of fun! Wine lovers were offered all kinds of delicacies at the tables of  Bárdos and Son Winery, Bodri Winery, Bujdosó Winery and Winery, Csány Winery / Teleki Wine Family, Dubicz Winery and Estate, Figula Winery,  Gere Tamás and Zsolt Winery, Haraszty Vineyard, Harasz Wine House and Restaurant, Szeremley Estate, Tűzkő Estate Winery, Twickel Vineyard, Villa Pátzay Vesztergombi Winery and Vylyan Winery.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Varga Winery – Badacsonyörs – Northern Lake Balaton – Hungary 2019

 At the Varga Winery ended with the harvest, and a lot less than expected this year in Hungary and grapes grown in several European countries. The winery this year worked up “only” 18.5 million kilos of grapes, similar to last year’s 14.5 million, it is expected to throw bottles of wine market. Due to crop failures in Europe and the export volume will grow at least 50 per cent burns.

A beautiful autumn day in fantastic quality vintage matured, some of the early varieties already in the bottle, including a special flavor Irsai Oliver.

The experts were wrong, there was no crisis of overproduction of grapes, fewer than expected grapes were grown in Hungary and in other European countries, so the export of wine also helps to draw off the domestic wine stocks accumulated in the last two years. the National Council of Mountains decided on the so-called “green harvest” support. The point is that the farmers harvest an average of the previous two years approximately. receive against the value calculated at 52HUF compensation if the beginning of July to the ground unripe “harvested” the bunches. The farmers had more wisdom than the managers. We farmers in Badacsony protested against the green harvest in a letter. One of our reasons was that beside many questions in saying, the situation can always be answered only at the end of the harvest Not only in Hungary but also in international markets.

In addition to the drought and over-fatigue plantations decreased, but unexpectedly increased interest from abroad as well. What we didn’t have storage capacity for was the must and our wine exports increase by at least 50 percent said Péter Varga winemaker.

“Year by year, we see the importance of science-based engineering in viticulture,” says Managing Director Péter Varga Máté. “The relationship between plantation condition and quality has been well known for some time. This year has also shown that high-quality, high-quality produce can only be produced on plantations that are in excellent condition. This requires qualified, experienced professionals. In the case of medium ripening and especially late grapes the drought also shades the picture. Early varieties, however, were not affected by drought, where the difference in yield between the individual plantations was created by professional competence. The early varieties are ready, some already in bottles, such as Irsai Oliver with a special flavor, and the middle-aged ones are gone, we can say that all varieties will be better than last year, I hope that in a few weeks I can say the same for all our wines.

Varga Winery Ltd. was founded in 1993 and has 200 hectares of vineyards nationwide.  By measure: 125 hectares are located in Badacsony, 20 hectares in Balatonaliga and 55 hectares in the Eger wine region. The processing plants are located in the Badacsony and Eger wine regions. The winery’s sales in 2018 were close to 5 billion HUF with 186 employees. For more than a decade, Varga Winery sells the most bottled wines in Hungary, which in 2014 was 14 million. Their wines can be purchased in almost all of the chain stores.

Awards, honors: Since its establishment, Varga Winery has achieved its greatest success this year in prestigious foreign competitions; 6 gold medals for the Berlin Wine Trophy, 3 gold for the Vinalies Internationales in Paris, 2 gold for the Monde Selection and 1 gold for the Monde Selection in Brussels.

Update Aggie Reiter

Herald News: Gastronomy Time – Laposa Wine Estate @ Badacsony

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Laposa Wine Estate is one of the most popular wineries at Badacsony in Northern Upland of Lake Balaton. The family basically deals with traditional, local grape varieties which are located in the best-suited sites of the surrounding volcanic buttes. Their love for the surroundings all started in 1978, on a train crossing the Lake Balaton Uplands and in while the whole family moved from Budapest to Badacsony. This is how the Budapest-based Laposa family from the cooper trade was united with the wine-making local Barabás family.

In the early of the ’90s the winery started to grow. The parcels are dispersed among Badacsony, the Szent György mountain, Csobánc, the Köves mountain and Somló. To this day, these plots form the backbone of the Laposa Wine Estate, which has by now expanded to 17 hectares. The Laposa winery produces mostly white wines, using traditional, local grape varieties typical of the Badacsony wine region: a total of 120000–150000 bottles of wine are produced yearly comprising: Welschriesling, Rhine Riesling, Pinot gris, Kéknyelű, Furmint and Juhfark. In recent years extended their range of hospitality by opening a new place in each year. These were: Gábli – a brunch spot inside Liliomkert market of Káptalantóti,  the Kis Hableány opened in the centre of Badacsony. The frissTerasz located on the Badacsony mountain – these all serve the purpose of providing stimuli to the life of Badacsony and its surrounds.

Highlights to the forthcoming events taking place at Badacsony

At Gastrohegy  – Hableány (Mermaid) Fish Supper – October, 26. The  Hableány  (Mermaid) will play a role on Friday night with an exclusive supper party. On the menu geese and new wines at Hableány – Mermaid: Balaton bistro dishes, with harmonious wine pairs with this year’s first wines from the cellar.

“Martin’s Day” Wine Dinner – Laposa Estate – November, 09. Welcoming a small number of participants  to their traditional, Martin’s wine dinner at Laposa Estate! Of course beside the goose flavors the leader to the dinner will be the this years new wine.

Badacsony New Wine Tasting – November, 16. This fall they wish to fill the Hableány – Mermaid spaces with life and restore to its old function, create a meeting point for the region’s winemakers, and a space where can show the outsiders dropping by the wine of the region. There is no better time to do this, as of November, when its  the new period of wines.They are already beyond the harvest, and finally can taste first “fruits” of their work, the exciting, fresh new wines.

Gastrohegy – “Badacsony Flying”  – November, 23-24. Poultry meat week-end. Traditional and unconventional dishes are rounded up by the chefs’ soaring imagination: chicken, turkey, pheasant, duck, goose, guinea fowl, rooster, pigeon on the plate in all forms. The rich in taste white wines will go well with the dishes!

GastroHegy/  Non-HAKE –  November, 26-27. Fish gastronomy at Badacsony but Hake (Merluccius merluccius) by no means! But sturgeon, catfish, bream, perch, fish that the water of Lake Balaton gives on the plate at the vineyard. The menus – comprising seasonally available ingredients of local producers – is put together by our chef based on our own recipes, while having particular regard to the individual wishes of their guests.

for reservation – birtok@bazaltbor.hu

Update Aggie Reiter

Tornai Winery – Trophy Award-winner -International Wine Challenge in London – 2019!

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The past 5 years, Tornai Winery has achieved in Hungary unprecedented and internationally rare success at the world’s most influential wine competition, the International Wine Challenge in London.

The Tornai Winery have already won several gold medals and 4 Trophy awards.

The recognition is given to those wines that are outstanding among the gold medalists. This year was one of the hugest competition, 15000 competing wines from over 50 countries. Two of their wines received particularly high score … from the theoretically possible 100, the jury judged them 95 points. Within this result, two of them among the 150 best around the world. On Monday, July 1, 2019, at 7 p.m. a/m and several other international award winning wines were presented at the Kóstolom Wine Bar, district II., 19 Káplár Str. Budapest . These were: Friss Zenit 2018, MUN-DUS Gold, Wine of the Hungarian Science Academy (2019),Top Selection Grófi Juhfark 2017, IWC Gold (2019), Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2017, IWC Gold and Trophy (2019), Top Selection Apátsági Furmint 2015, IWC Gold (2016), Top Selection Grófi Juhfark 2013, IWC Gold and Trophy (2016),Aranyhegy Juhfark 2011, Prestige Reserve Gold, Wine of Budapest, Bayer Gold (2013). The Tasting is led by Tamás Tornai who said Q.: Our sixty years of experience provide a good backdrop to internationally confirmed the values of Somló wine that have evolved over the centuries, the connection between landscape and quality in our daily thoughts. Our plantations are on the southern slopes of the volcanic soils of Somló.”

Awesome result to this year’s competition whereas, the Tornai Winery’s wines have won for the fourth time. This is a unique achievement not only in Hungary but also in the world.

The latest Trophy Award-winner, Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2017 will not be available for sale, it can only be purchased by pre-order.

IWC Trophy-winner Grófi Hárslevelű was introduced with tasting the 4th Trophy Award-winner wine, the 2017 Grófi Hárslevelű at London’s International Wine Challenge Trophy Prize. The wine judges, rigorously judged the world’s most prestigious wines in the competition and their taste buds concluded „The Best of the Best Wines!”

The price of IWC Trophy Award Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2017 is 7500HUF/bottle. You can order with a personal pickup at the Winery’s Wine Shop or free home delivery. With delivery, the minimum pre-order quantity is 6 bottles. The latest Trophy Award-winner, Top Selection Grófi Hárslevelű 2017 will not be available for sale, it can only be purchased by pre-order.

The Tornai family has been dealing with winemaking since 1946 on Mt. Somló. The Mt. Somló, a mountain that rises sharply out of the flat area. Endre Tornai – the founder, started viniculture and winemaking on a one-acre vineyard. To-day the land measures 54 acres and it is the third generation now that is engaged in the everyday tasks of the wine-cellar.

The ars poetica of their business, besides respecting traditions, is the use of state-of-the-art winemaking and processing technologies. The Tornai Winery as the dominant winery of Mt. Somló, based on several decades of experience, is the initiator and supporter of the wine-production co-operation of the region. Their goal is the wines of Mt. Somló preserve their values both on a national and international level.

Tourist visiting Hungary and foreigners working, living in Hungary hang around to enjoy the sight-and-sound of Budapest, but Hungary is more that just visiting Budapest. The Tornai Cellar is a must-visit local hub of wine production and well organized tourism venue. Tornai wines have an outstanding international reception. No need to say, cause the indicated highest awards achieved speak or in other words … taste for themselves.

Even for a short time stay in Hungary, definitely worthwhile to plan and go for it to visit the Tornai Cellar. A place to dissolve, free your mind, good opportunity get to know more about the winery itself whilst tasting the excellent flavors of wines from the grape clusters growing on volcanic soil at the rich Somló Mountain vineyards.

Congratulation to the intellectual and practical knowledge by the Tornai Celler!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter