Palinka & Sausage Festival in the Buda Castle

The Palinka & Sausage Festival at Buda Castle taking place this October is an excellent opportunity to discover the world of Hungarian palinkas (fruit brandy) and sausages and the centuries’ old gastronomic traditions and exceptional recipes. Secret ingredients and special preparations make these products not only unique but also places them among the world’s premium brands.  Beyond the exceptional culinary experience, this festival will also offer a spectacular yet relaxed cultural atmosphere. Check out the programme below…

7 October | 6 pm Jazzékiel | 8 pm Váradi Roma Café

8 October Roma Respekt Extra | 4 pm Colorstar | 6 pm Frenk | 8 pm Rutkai Bori és a Betonka

9 October | 4 pm Kishúg | 6 pm Jambalaya | 8 pm Madarak Házibulizenekar

10 October | 4 pm Hot Club of Hungary | 6 pm Riddim Colony | 8 pm Budapest Bár

4-day ticket for the price of a day-pass available in pre-sale:

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19th International Wine Festival in Budapest

Between the 8th and 12th of September the terraces of the Buda Castle Palace in Budapest, Hungary, will host the 19th Budapest International Wine Festival.

International Wine Festival, Buda, 2010

The festival was founded by the Hungarian Viniculture Foundation, established in 1991. Representatives of different areas of viniculture, including training, professional associations, business federations and research, are on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, which inspects VINICULTURE PBC’s work as both owner and managing body.

As raising the culture of production and consumption is only feasible together at the same time, VINICULTURE PBC operates primarily by organising events which promote the living connection between the product and the consumer in the spirit of high quality. Our work to reach our targets over the last decade has already brought numerous results.

The Budapest International Wine Wine Festival, held in 2010 for the 19th time, has become the sector’s biggest event and an outstanding festival in Budapest’s calendar.

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15th Danube Carnival in Budapest

Between the 12th and the 20th of June Budapest and the Duna Art Company will host the Danube Carnival, the most colourful cultural series of events of the Hungarian summer, for the fifteenth time. The Danube Carnival is a ten-day long multi-cultural festival which includes a chain of international dance and music programs. The carnival atmosphere will be enhanced by the various forms of artistic expression involved including folk dance and music, contemporary dance, world music, symphonic and brass music. In addition to the Hungarian traditional and professional dance groups, the carnival will incorporate many European performers from outside Hungary as well as guest ensembles from overseas. The traditions of the Visegrad Countries are also highlighted.

Danube Festival Budapest Hungary

This year 11 foreign ensembles with nearly 400 artists will be performing at the carnival which will span Budapest and beyond. The sites: Vörösmarty Square, Margaret Island Open Air Theatre, Ethnographic Museum, Heritage House, Mátyásföld, Békásmegyer, Budakalász, Üröm.

The Gala concert at the Margaret Island Open Air Stage will take place on the 18th of June.  The show will feature nearly four hundred international and Hungarian artists with the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble and the Duna Art Ensemble.

While on the 19th of June, in the heart of Budapest, more than 1000 participants will join the Carnival Parade – defiling to the Vörösmarty Square the dance and music groups celebrate the Carnival with a non-stop dance gala.

If you find yourself in Budapest during this festival, make sure you check it out!

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György-Villa, Hungary

gyorgyGyörgy-Villa is a living testament to the culture and spirit of past ages, to its hard-working winemaker’s everyday efforts and its builder’s love for life.  In Budafok these vineyards and orchards used to be watched over from Roman watchtowers.  Then at the end of the fifteenth century the area went into the hands of the Grey Friars of Buda, who dug and built a cellar.  The erection of the building began in 1827 which in addition served as a symbol of the wine region’s prosperity.  It then changed hands several times and took its present shape in 1867 after a wine merchant called György Dõry had it rebuilt for his girlfriend as a Christmas present (they don’t make men like they used to!).

In 1872 the united capital started expanding at an enormous pace and as a result the once flourishing vineyards disappeared. After 1986 the building and the park went under a complete renovation.  The wine specialities of György-Villa come from the Etyek-Buda wine region, famous for its white wines and the Villány wine region, noted for its reds.

The György-Villa Selection with its fine varietal wines is one the most popular wine families in gastronomy. The villa, with its picturesque setting, houses a museum and is a host to series of programs, art evenings and lectures on viniculture.  Lovers of good wines and culture are all welcome to the building, which houses and gave its name to the company’s premium wine family.


Chief Winemaker of György-Villa
In 2002-2003, László Romsics earned a Diploma in Wine and Spirits at the prestigious London Wine and Spirit Education Trust.  The product of intensive study, demanding course work and challenging exams, this international Diploma is recognised as a sign of exceptional professional and academic qualifications in fields relating to wine, winemaking, and other alcoholic beverages. László is the first person in Hungary to earn this Diploma.  In 2003, he was accepted into the Master of Wine programme, which represents the highest level of academic achievement available in the wine industry.

György-Villa Wines
György-Villa Juhfark 2004 – Dry quality white wine
This uniquely Hungarian wine comes from the Pázmánd vineyard. The selective pruning of vines combined with the application of reductive technologies have resulted in a wine that at first is reminiscent of fresh summer fruits, and which subsequently reveals itself to be a richly-flavoured wine with a pleasingly harmonious acidity. Juhfark is a unique gem among the international varietals offered by György-Villa, a Hungarian grape that rewards the hard work that goes into it by offering a singular taste experience. To be consumed at a temperature of 10-12 °C. Goes best with soups, Hungarian cabbage dishes and mushroom dishes.


György-Villa Selection Etyeki Chardonnay – Dry quality white wine
This grape variety, the wine region’’s and perhaps the world’s best-known one, is grown in the vineyards in Etyek. The György-Villa Etyek Chadonnay is a top quality wine with intense aromas and a fruity character which blends with the scent of spring flowers. It has a fresh, pleasant taste. To be consumed at a temperature of 10-12 °C with pastas and fish.

György-Villa Selection Etyeki Sauvignon Blanc – Dry quality white wine
This grape variety, popular and well-know all over the world, comes from the vineyards in Etyek. Thanks to the most up-to-date technologies, it has a spicy scent, rich flavours and lively acidity. Tasting it is like smelling a spice box which reveals new secrets upon each opening. To be consumed at a temperature of 12-13 °C with light poultry and fish dishes, spicy roasts and asparagus.


György-Villa Selection Villányi Merlot – Dry quality red wine
This György-Villa Merlot is made from grapes grown in the Villány wine region. An exquisit full-bodied red wine characterised by a deep red colour, rich aromas and fruitiness. Its scent has a hint of ripe sour cherries and plums. The fruitiness is combined with some mild spiciness. To be consumed at a temperature of
15-16 °C with Hungarian dishes and venison.

György-Villa Selection Villányi Cabernet Sauvignon – Dry quality red wine
Full-bodied red wine made from grapes grown in the Villány wine region. Deep ruby red in colour, velvety, rich aromas and flavours. Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the best known and most popular red wine in the world. It is the spiciness of this wine that one notices first. Its rich flavours have a nice long finish. To be consumed at a temperature of 15-17 °C with Hungarian dishes, venison, beef dishes and cheese with rich aromas.

Some of these wines are available in the UK.  To find out where you can pick up a bottle (or case!) get in touch with the kind folks at Myliko who handle the distribution: Email: ; Tel: 0161 736 9500

György-Villa Cellars Ltd.
H – 1222 Budapest, Nagytétényi street 198-202.
Consumer service:
(+36-1) 42-42-650, 42-42-651
Palace Budafok Cellars Ltd.
Tel: (+36-1) 362-16-34
Fax: (+36-1) 362-16-35

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