Covering an area outside of the capital Budapest, the Etyek-Buda region has been a centre of Hungary’s historic wine trade for centuries but is still producing exquisite wines today. The majority of the vineyards are located on the windswept plateaus and sunny hillsides of the Etyek region, to the northeast of Fejer County. The high acidity in the grapes is in large part thanks to the forest soils layered over limestone, creating unique conditions for wine growing.
Grapes have been grown in Etyek-Buda since Roman times, with records dating back to the 13th century showing that Buda was a centre of wine production and a major source of employment. Today, more than 750 years later, things haven’t changed all that much, although only around 120 of the original 1,000 wineries remain in operation.
Many of the wine-growing traditions and processes date to the start of the 18th century, when German growers flocked to the region and established a period of prosperity. Today, Etyek-Buda’s wines enjoy favourable comparison with those produced in Champagne, winning international acclaim and accolades.
Plus, the proximity to the historic and beautiful city of Budapest gives the region an added appeal. Explore the city, including the stunning parliament building, hilltop palace and numerous thermal baths.