Buda Castle

20+1. The Budapest International Wine Festival

Wine culture and gastronomy

The internationally recognised festival is to be held at the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Buda Castle. Most skilled winemakers of Hungary come to the event to offer their best wines for sampling. Famous wine merchants and our honorary guest country will provide a selection of foreign wines as well. Many are proud possessors of medals and prizes won at prestigious international and domestic competitions. Winemakers will also be present to answer any questions from wine enthusiasts.

If you buy tickets before 12th September you can win two nights for 2 people at Wellness Hotel**** Gyula (South East of Hungary).

Programs of 2012 Wine Festival

At the Wine Festival it will be possible to taste the best of the wines of hungary's finest winemakers as well as foreign wines offered by noted wine traders.
The range of wines will include wines and their makers who have won medals and awards at noted domestic and international competitions and will be glad to answer questions as well as to provide instructions and advice to those wishing to become informed wine consumers.

This year young winemakers will be in focus as descendants of most well-known winemaker generations of past 15-20 years. Wine-lovers will have a chance to taste their new wave wines expressing new energy, new experience bringing wine tasting to a different level.

Visitors can enjoy five days of cultural and musical entertainment. The most popular Hungarian bands of world music, folk music, folk dance and the sound of jazz music will make Wine Festival an event to remember!

Both wine connoisseurs and novices are welcome at the popular wine university to be held again on September 12-16. Wine-lovers and those wanting to refresh their knowledge of wine can enjoy high standard, interesting presentations linked with wine tastings of renowned experts at the two-day course and many other interesting topics.

A colourful, appealing mix of dance and music in honour of grape and winemakers, the grape harvest march - folk music & dance gala is to be held on September 15 in the Buda Castle, offering a real sight and a celebratory atmosphere to summon up the pleasures of harvests past. The participants in the procession will made of folk dance and traditional groups from the wine regions concerned in their special folk dress, prominent persons and members of wine orders and associations of wine-lovers from the wine regions of Hungary, together with representatives of the Truffle Order of Knights.

This year the Wine Festival will again offer special gastronomic delights using quality domestic ingredients, tastes of the guest country and cuisine of the regions. Old recipes rethought, handmade traditional products and lively bistro cuisine will all be offers in the Buda Castle. Traditional homemade strudel, oven-baked Hungarian pizza, classic stove cake, special roast, delicacies made of Mangalica (ancient Hungarian pig breed), Hungarian, French and Spanish sheep, goat and cow cheese, ham specialties and homemade smoked delicacies will all be there to be enjoyed.

The Wine Festival also offers entertainment and relaxation for young families with children. In addition to the play centre childminding service, free, high quality entertainment are also offered for children.

New services and surprises at the Wine Festival, free internet access will be available again this year not only making it possible to continuously keep in touch with friends and to immediately share your experiences but also providing a possibility to use smartphones for different purposes at the festival. The software includes map of Wine Festival, data and contact details of exhibiting winemakers, a presentation of performing artists and groups, recommended wine tours, important information of public interest and many other useful applications.

The charity wine auction is to be held for the 14th time this year showing an example of how important the needy and less fortunate are to successful members of society and prospering entrepreneurs of grape and wine sector. The traditional beneficiary of the nearly 3 Million HUF accumulated through donations and purchases is the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service ensuring that the revenue gets to the right places.

Sept 12-13 (Wed-Thu): 2pm-11pm
Sept 14 (Fri): 12am-11pm
Sept 15-16 (Sat-Sun): 10am-11pm

Buda Castle, Budapest

To be collected at the cash desk
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