Villány is a wine region located in the southern part of Hungary, and is well-known for its long-established wine traditions, high quality, massively tannic red wines, easily accessible cellars and the hospitality of the winegrowers. The wines are among the highly rated ones throughout the country, appreciated both by wine professionals and the wine lover audience.
There are numerous old wine cellars, cellar villages in the wine region, like the ones in Palkonya or Villánykövesd. Our guests are warmly welcome in these cellars for wine tasting. A couple of years ago Villány introduced its own appellation control system, which symbolises the region’s strong commitment to high quality standards. Since then the “crocus” has become the symbol of top Villányi wines. Not only strong commitment to quality, but utmost respect of traditions features the winemakers of Villány.
Villány produces predominantly red wines, but some nice whites from local grapes have also appeared in the market recently. The Cabernets and Merlot are blended here with Syrah, Pinot Noir or the local Kadarka and Kékfrankos (Blaufrankisch) which is quite exceptional. Lately Cabernet Franc has become a favourite grape among the winemakers. The grape produces excellent wines here.
Come and visit old wine cellars with us and meet the winemakers of renowned wineries!
Home of Cabernet France 02 Days / 01 Night
Day 1 :
Departure from BUDAPEST, to Villány. The journey is approximately 3 hours by driver guide. If you wish to travel by train (from Budapest to Pécs and from Pécs to Villány by car) it will be around 4 hours. You are going to have your first tasting at BOCK Winery. The cellar system with the Bock Chapel, is one of the most impressive ones in Villány. The hosts guide you in this underground world. The visit of the circular cellar is an exceptional adventure. Lunch will be served at the winery’s restaurant afterwards. You will have some free time to stroll along the charming main street of Villány with several small cellars.
You are going to enjoy a wine-paired dinner at one of the best-known wineries of Villány, in the GERE CROCUS wine Restaurant. The winemaking traditions of the family go back to 7 generations. The present wine estate was founded in 1991. Mr. Attila GERE played an essential role in creating brands, like Kopár, emphasising the importance of terroir, introducing single vineyard approach.
To kick off the day you might wish to visit a unique cellar-row village of 53 old cellars built in the hillside in 3 rows. The buildings were built during the 18th century by German settlers. Later, you visit one of the most prominent wine estates in Hungary and taste wines. Besides making high prestige wines, the team of VYLYAN also organises local festivals and sponsors different art-related events. Both the quality of the wines, and the services of the estate are exceptional. They are determined to make great, elegant and uniquely Hungarian wines. You are also going to have lunch here.
After lunch your driver takes you to PÉCS town for visiting the lovely city on your own. The history of Pécs dates back over 2000 years, and the name of the old Roman town, "Sopianae" is still found in the names of institutions and products. The town is famous for its museums, galleries, the festivals. The downtown of Pécs is a unique mixture of the relics of Early Christianity, the arrival of the Hungarians, the Turkish reign and the achievements of modern architecture and arts.
You will have free time until departure. (with the driver guide or by train) You arrive back to Budapest in the evening.