Posts Tagged ‘Istvándy Winery’

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

IVth Badacsony wineries arrival to the New York Palace – Budapest!


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The Badacsony wine-makers and tourism providers from the region have had been boosting again the  fiesta atmosphere in Budapest.

This year plays a major role, the fragrant wines from the Vulcan’s Valley!

Was a real cosy day with a lot of fun for both the producers and consumers.  

At the New York Palace – Budapest, just like in the previous years was the home for the 4th year in introducing the latest Badacsony wines.  In advance knew what this year’s offer will be by the Badacsony wine makers. Before the tastings were served, the press representatives received  brief information connected to the day. János Békássy – president of the event organizer Badacsony Guild Tourism Association said … their attention is to  present the great wines of Badacsonyville!  This mission  will be  to draw attention to the fact that the Badacsony area by the Lake Balaton itself offer not just in the summertime, but during the off-season collaborating together with  the Lake Balaton Regional TDM Association with the local and regional organizations in organizing the series of Spring’s (May,1. to May, 11) and Fall’s (September, 25. – October, 5.) programs. The organizations encouraged by the successes of last year’s added  programs to repeat this adventure. Thus bringing the attention to a special guide program called: “Open Balaton”, when as, the  Badacsony GuildTourism Association offers a tailored tour on their own special Badacsony bus.  Also mentioned … the Badacsony Tourist Association has available Badacsony region card and it is free. The Card offer 30% for the entrance-fee to the lake’s swimming venues and 5-10-20% discount offer in the restaurants, wine cellars, museums, at the Szigliget castle and National Park in Salföld and Region’s suppliers.So for those who have plans to visit the region’s certain cellars and to learn about not just the mostly advertised places to visit will feel they “made their day.” Need to mention most of the cellars have their own gastronomy and is worthwhile to taste the mouth-watering home-made dishes.

Professor Dr. Miklos Kallay – president of the Hungarian Wine Academy in his speech entitled, “The wines of Badacsony on the professional eyes”, said, Q.:  „From the time before getting into my career, in the beginning  upon invitation, meetings with famous personalities as the friend learned a lot about the minerals, and this pre-volcanic area presenting the taste of its unique wines.

At the press event Tamás Hevesi –  performer, resident of Badacsony also praised the scenery and wine region, which has he long been in love. László N. Krisztin – Badacsonytomaj mayor stressed, “We will work to attract people to visit us, the more people to see the unique landscape, locals hospitality, and the more people taste our wines, which are from experience bottled by the hard-working hands… Visit and let’s meet at Badacsony!”

Let’s see the wineries and pálinka booth, the ones where had a taste and think they are worth to mention:

Borbély Winery … Family owned winery in Badacsonytomaj showing consistent quality over the years. Some of their wines receive high national recognition, often in the top 10 of wine competitions. They started with their own vineyards 1981 (received as honeymoon gift) but worked already in the wine business for the state-owned winery at Badacsony.

Laposa Estate … Family owned estate at Badacsonytomaj, having a wide range of native varieties such as Juhfark (Sheep tail),  Italian Riesling focusing exclusively on white varieties. The family motto is to respect the traditions with young dynamism.

Németh Cellar – Badacsony …The cellar’s main pride of the late harvest raisin grapes, wines. Is located at the one of the smallest winery cellar in Badacsony. It is a family based winery. From grandpa to the kids everyone  has their own service to do throughout the year.

Renaissance Pálinka House – Badacsonyörs … Slogan …„The Pálinka is our Renaissance” The Renaissance Badacsony Pálinka House is a small family enterprise which operates manufactory. The pálinka workshop is rather young in age, but it was a revival of the Renaissance. Was a bunch of fruit palinka to tastes. The Rowanberry – 2013, the Irsai Oliver – 2013 and most of all the Rye – 2013 hit the top of the charts.

Istvándy Winery Badacsonytomaj … Keeping their Family tradition more than 200 years.Tasted these awesome wines: „Needles and Pins” semi-sweet Muscat – 2013, Badacsony picked “Golgotha” semi-sweet – 2013, Badacsony Riesling – 2013 dry … unfortunetley, for me since it was a day for wines, their superb 100% pure grape juice was missing. Their new place with cellar the WINE WORKSHOP opens on the first of May.

There is certainly something changing in the wine region of Badacsony. People recognize to respect the natural beauty of their homeland and must focus on quality wines. Sophisticated consumers demand good wines … and strength lies in the unity. They must work towards the goal of elevating the regions quality and name since there is plenty of plenty.

More than five hundred people were interested in this year’s “Badacsony arrival to the New York Palace – Budapest” gathering on March, 26. 2015.

Update and snaps by: Aggie Reiter

Badacsony winemakers arriving to the New York Palace – Budapest

So … if Thursday … then First facilitate the Thirst!


Coming up for the fourth year  … the Badacsony wines are here again in Budapest.

Thursday, March, 26. 2015.

Location: New York Palace Budapest

District VII., 9 Elizabeth Blvd. Budapest.

The first day of spring has arrived, and now the time has come also to learn about the Badacsony wines introduced by the novelties of excellent wineries. Thirty wineries from Badacsony … ”

Here is a list of the vineyards to be visited ont he spot: “2HA Vineyard, a’Capella Vineyards, Bako Ambrose, Bencze Family Domains, Borbély Family Winery, Pacific Vineyard, Csobánc Wine Manufactory, Dobos-Stier Wine Cellar, Winery Domaine Edegger, Fata Cellar, Fischer Winehouse, Folly Arboretum and Winery, Gilvesy Winery, Basement Horvath, Istvándy Winery, Laposa Domains, Malik Cellar, Viticulture and Enology Research Naik, Badacsony, Basement Nemeth, Summer Basement, Sabar Winehouse, Skizo Bor, Gyula Magpie Cellar, Szászi Domains, St. George’s Basement, Szeremley Domains, VáliBor, Villa Sandahl, Villa Tolnay, Weller Winehouse” … offering pálinka and other crafts and cuisine can be tasted int he impressive New York Palace Budapest. The  Badacsony wineries concentrated to the high quality. The qualification was set by  a committee consisting of blind wine-tasting wine makers, in order so the guests at the event will only taste the best coming from the wine region. The wine territory will be to move as one at the impressive New York Palace – Budapest.

The Badacsony wineries concentrated to the high quality. The qualification was set by  a committee consisting of blind wine-tasting wine makers, in order so the guests at the event will only taste the best coming from the wine region. This one day event is to be on the focus of the light, fragrant white wines all brought from  Badacsony wine makers whom will be most delighted to personally fill the glasses to the their professional partners, and also to the local and foreigner wine lovers. Mr. János Békássy – president Badacsony Tourism Association will be present with other distinguished partners.

Prior to the public tastings  2 p.m. and 4 p.m professional lectures will take place on the fragrant varieties and surprise guests will be present. Thereafter, from 4 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. public tasting  opens the floor to the wine lovers to take  part in the exclusive wine tasting with a of price: 4900HUF through On the spot there will be only a limited number of tickets for the price of 5900HUF.

The carefree mood, joy is guaranteed by the organizers.

Update by: Aggie Reiter