Hungarian Grand Wine Tour

An exclusive and interactive wine tour in the Hungarian countryside

This tour is not for the faint-hearted for it involves a lot of wine and actions! It is active, culturally engaging, educational and inspires your creativity. You see places you have never seen before. You create things you have never made before. And you taste wines you have never tasted before. And you get to take home some of your memories in a shape of your creation!

Here is a brief itinerary about what you are going to EXPERIENCE:

Day 1 – Visit Etyek wine region and a chocolate factory where you can create your own chocolate bar or a box of chocolates. You will taste some Etyek wines and learn how to make the real Hungarian Goulash. Later on the day you visit the old city of Szekesfehervar, which was the capitol of Hungary in the Middle Ages. You will stay in 4* hotels in Balatonfured. Lunch with cooking class and wine /chocolate tastings are included.

Day 2 – Visit the world famous Herend Porcelain Factory and make your own porcelain rose or elephant. In the afternoon you visit the Somlo wine region of Hungary and indulge in a local wine tasting. You will learn about the sparkling wine making process, while you will stay at the estate overnight. Dinner, wine tasting and entrance fee to the Herend Porcelain are included.

Day 3 – You will take a boat ride in the caves on a lake and you will visit Badacsony wine region. In one of the wineries you will have the opportunity to become a winemaker for a couple of hours and you can create your own white blend! You can visit a Benedictine Abbey overlooking the Lake Balaton and stay overnight in the outskirts of Szekszard. Dinner, boat ride and wine making are included.

Day 4 – You will visit a couple of wineries in the Szekszard and the Villany wine regions. They are all very different in style, but they all have one thing in common: They offer exceptional wines! For dinner you have a ‘degustation’ menu, with local food specialties paired with local wines. Stay overnight in a wine hotel. Dinner and wine tastings are included.

Day 5 – Visit the paprika museum and stock up on some real Hungarian paprika! Before lunch you will watch a horse show with Hungarian ‘cowboys’, take a horse cart ride and have a hearty lunch along with ‘gypsy’ music. Stay overnight in Tokaj region. Lunch and entrance fees are included.

Day 6 – Visit two wineries in Tokaj, which is the home of the world famous sweet wine of Hungary: Tokaji Aszu! You will visit the 250-year old stone dusty cellars, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon you will visit another winery in Eger wine region, which is located in a stone quarry! Dinner and wine tastings are included. Stay overnight in 4* hotels in Eger.

Day 7 – Visit Holloko, the authentic Hungarian cultural village and engage in all types of activities, including: a folklore dance class, pottery or basket making, cheese making or visiting various museums. You will be dropped off at your hotel in the late afternoon. Entrance fee to 10 programs in the village is included – you can buy more at the premises.

  • Price based on double occupancy and does not include airfare to and from Budapest
  • Price includes hotels and transportation for the 7 days

We’d love to hear your questions, inquiries or interest. Please send an email and we get back to you as soon as possible or alternatively we can be reached on 808.214.8467 or by email.

Organic cheese tour in Wisconsin

Many people simply love cheese. All types of cheese, but one thing is important: Quality! Wisconsin is the land of cheese in the United States, so this is the place that crosses our mind first. The state has over 9.500 dairy farms with over 1,270,000 dairy cows produce 3,167,495,000 lbs. cheese in 2016! That’s a lot of cheese.

 

The Wisconsin Dairy Heritage dates back to the 1830s when farm wives started to make ‘kitchen’ cheese from their cows’ milk. And it is the home for the annual World Championship Cheese Contest where Wisconsin is the leader in the industry.

 

If you care for pesticide and herbicide free food then you should definitely visit the organic farms in Wisconsin. They obviously follow green best practices and feed their cows with non-GMO crops. Then they make the delicious chemical free cheese from their milk, which can be cheddar, monetary jack, muenster, farmers, mozzarella,

 

Cedar Grove – is located in the heart of the cheese making region – makes cheese in a traditional, old-fashion way and they also educate visitors about the art and history of cheese making, and how small production effects the environment and the other businesses around them. They also have windows in their store where you can see how they make the cheese in the factory. They have all kind of cheese including daily specials and specialty cheeses you cannot find anywhere else. They also have a squeaky cheese curd. If not organic, their cheeses are hormone and GMO free.

 

Castle Rock Farms is also proud of their sustainable farming and organic cheese making operations. They believe in respecting the land they use and the quality they create. They offer various sized cheese gift boxes and many types of organic cheeses including blue cheese, cheese curd, cheese spreads and raw cheddar plus ice cream. They have very interesting flavored cheeses: Cajun, Garam Masala, Black Bean Salsa and Lemon-Thyme-Ginger.

 

Otter Creek Organic Farm really does an effort to keep their environment under sustainable operations they even make their own fertilizers. They specialized in seasonal, raw cheddar cheese made from a single farm. Their award winning cheese is the Pesto Cheddar, which is unpasteurized and aged at least six months giving it a rich, full and creamy taste.

 

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Organic wine tour in the Hungarian countryside

Any wine lover knows the main international wine countries such as France, Italy, California, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa. And I’m talking about only the most known wine growing countries not the ones containing the small, unique and boutique vineyards like Hungary. This beautiful country has 22 wine regions including Tokaj, the wine region, which is considered the first appellation in the world producing all types of wines. Continue reading “Organic wine tour in the Hungarian countryside”