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Not Just Known for Goulash: A Tour of Hungarian Wines
Goulash and Zsa Zsa Gabor---that about sums up Hungarian culture for many Americans. Thankfully, thatís not all Hungary has to offer. With over 500,000 acres of land used for grape growing and wine production, as well as 22 distinct wine regions, Hungary is home to some excellent yet largely undiscovered wines---or as the Magyars call them: bor.
 
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The countryís tradition of winemaking has spanned more than a thousand years. It even survived the Communistsí wreaking havoc on Hungaryís wine culture. Many wineries and vineyards were destroyed during Communism. "Fortunately, there remained a core [group of aficionados] in our society, for whom winemaking is a moral question --- something that must be kept alive, --- rather than merely a good business," says Balint Losonci, Editor of Borbarat Magazin, a leading Hungarian wine publication. "And that is a precious heritage, one which must be revitalized."

And an increasing number of wine producers and loyal consumers are attempting to do just that. "There has been growing emphasis on quality by many young consumers," Losonci explains, "there are many newborn wine-clubs and wine routes." 

And rightfully so: there are hundreds of private Magyar wineries and thousands of winemakers. Hungarian wines are comparable to other Eastern and Central European ones, and much of that resemblance is attributed to similarities in climate and wine preparation methods.
 
Take the acclaimed Tokay Aszu, for example, a sweet white table wine made in the wine district of Tokaj. Situated on the banks of Lake Balaton, this hillside region is Hungaryís greatest grape producer. The melodiously sweet wine is a favorite in Central Europe and is similar to some German rieslings. "It is concentrated, unique and has a fantastic sweetness-acidity balance that is unrivaled in the world," says Losonci. According to fable, Franz Joseph gave bottle upon bottle of Aszu to Queen Victoria on her birthday. Even old Louis XIV termed Tokay "the wine of kings; the king of wines."

The process of making Tokay Aszu is particular and tedious. After the must is perfected, small cloth containers are filled with the sweet pulp and juice of Aszu grapes and added to the wine. The value of Aszu is measured by the number of puttonys, or containers of pulp added---the more puttonys, the better the wine. Aszu is sold in two to six puttonys. The six puttonys, aptly named Tokay Essence, is rarely made and usually reserved for the winemakerís best friends, celebrities, heads of state, and the like.

An excellent full-bodied red to try is Egri Bikavér, or Bullís Blood of Eger. Legend says that Bikavér came in handy during the Turksí occupation of Hungary. In 1552, the long-bearded Ali Pasha and over 100,000 of his soldiers attempted to take over the fortress of Eger.

Vineyard of Oremus Winery, Tolcsva, Hungary
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Bikavér-drinking Magyar soldiers Ė all 2,000 of them Ė triumphantly defended the fort. Much of their success is attributed to Bullís Blood and its legendary powers to turn even the weakest of men into heroes. As such, this hearty wine is not for sissies, pansies or cowards. Turks may drink it in moderation.
 
Oremus Winery in Tolcsva, Tokaj, Hungary
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For something different, try the semi-light Badacsonyi Szürke Barát, or Grey Friar of Badacsony, a delightful Pinot Gris. Or opt for Hajos-Bajai Kekfrankos Ausbruch, a ripe, fruity and rich red.

With great taste and ample variety, itís a wonder Hungarian wines are not more popular around the world. The problem is in marketing and production, says Losonci. "Every wine region [that is] successful has to make its reference wine." 

The focus has shifted from mass wine production to uniqueness and quality, resulting in increased interest from foreign investors. New products are being tested and developed, their quality at par with other Western wines. Once those new bottles are marketed, Magyar wines will popularize.

"Until then, [the focus is] on wine tourism, as there are some wonderful sights and places in our country with added wine-culture," Losonci explains. Lake Balaton is a prime example: a place frequented by foreign visitors for its beautiful scenery and soothing waters, the mountainous terrain surrounding the Lake is also home to some of the countryís best vineyards and winemakers. Tourism will not only bring potential consumers, but also introduce Hungarian wines to potential investors, many of whom are finally getting familiar with Magyar culture.

Quality Hungarian wines are a lesser-known option for wine aficionados who crave something different. With better marketing and newfound focus on quality, Magyar wines are sure to become more popular in the near future. After all, as the Magyars say, "A Magyar bor verre valik"---"Wine made in Hungary turns into blood upon consumption."

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EGER, HUNGARY - FEATURED HOTELS
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Hunguest Hotel Flora Eger
Whether you come to Eger for business or pleasure, this property offers a friendly atmosphere and makes your stay a pleasant one.  Nestled on the south side of Bukk Mountains, the Hunguest Hotel Flora is just a short walk from the Eger Town Centre.  This property boasts 184 guestrooms that are equipped with all the essential amenities to ensure you utmost ease and luxury.  The on-site restaurant serves Hungarian and international specialities for you to feast on.  The hotel offers a wellness centre, which includes a well-equipped gymnasium, sauna, swimming pool, jacuzzi, massage service and aromatherapy for your mental as well as physical well being. You can also indulge in the game of tennis or billiards, which are available on-site.
GYOR, HUNGARY - FEATURED HOTELS
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Hotel Raba City Centre Gyor
If you are looking for a relaxing breaks then the Raba Hotel Gyor with its excellent facilities and Hungarian hospitality, is an ideal place for you and your family.  Situated in the middle of the baroque centre of Gyor, Raba Hotel is within easy reach from the M1-E60 motorway and half way between Budapest and Vienna.  All the 21 apartments with two or three bedrooms are well decorated and equipped with several modern amenities. Attentive room service is also available in order to make your stay as easy and comfortable as possible.  Guests are welcome in a cordial atmosphere with more than 25 sorts of Belgian beer specialities and a wide range of dishes served at the restaurant.

HEVIZ, HUNGARY - FEATURED HOTELS

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Danubius Spa Heviz
Offering convenient facilities and traditional Hungarian hospitality, the Danubius Spa presents something new to experience for all its guests.  The Danubius Spa is located in the heart of Heviz and is only 500 metres away from the Lake Heviz. The Central Europe's largest lake, Lake Balaton is just 6 kilometres from the hotel.  This property offers 210 well-appointed accommodation units that are furnished with an array of modern amenities to ensure you a comfortable stay. Guests can enjoy spectacular views of the garden, lake or the town from their rooms.  The Tavirozsa Restaurant and Brasserie Borostyan offer delicious Hungarian, international, dietetic and vegetarian dishes. You can also enjoy a fine drink at Ciklamen coffee-bar.
Hunguest Hotel Helios Heviz
With its excellent, affordable accommodation in Heviz, Hunguest Hotel Helios is an ideal base for both leisure and business travellers  Hunguest Hotel Helios Heviz is situated in the middle of a 4.5-ha-large well-kept nature conservation park and 500 metres from the thermal lake.  The hotel offers 150 double rooms and 12 suites, which are well decorated and equipped with several modern amenities. Attentive room service is also available for your convenience.  Guests can dine at the in-house restaurant that serves a wide variety of delicious cuisine. You can also take a sip of your favourite drink at the on-site lobby bar.
Palace Hotel Heviz
This Heviz spa hotel is near Lake Heviz. Another nearby attraction is Festetics Palace. Dining options at Palace Hotel Heviz include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. Spa amenities include spa services, massage/treatment rooms, body treatments, and beauty services. This 4.0-star property offers small meeting rooms and business services. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. 

LAKE BALATON, HUNGARY - FEATURED HOTELS

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Hotel Annabella Hotel Balatonfured
Whether you are on a relaxing holiday or travelling on business, the Annabella Hotel Balatonfured is the perfect place for you to reside.  Located just 50 metres from the coast of Lake Balaton, with beautiful views of the lake and the Tihany Peninsula, this property is within walking distance from the promenade and shopping area.  Guests are provided with the comfort of well-furnished guestrooms that are facilitated with a host of modern amenities. Attentive room service is also available for your convenience.  You can savour international and Hungarian cuisine at the on-site restaurant as well as enjoy the drinks at the in-house cocktail bar.
Hotel Marina All Inclusive Balatonfured
Located in Balatonfured, this beachfront hotel is near Tihany Abbey. This Balatonfured property has a private beach. Dining options at Hotel Marina All Inclusive include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a children's pool, a sauna, and a children's club. Spa amenities include massage/treatment rooms, beauty services, and a hair salon. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include a marina, a coffee shop/café, and multilingual staff. The property has designated areas for smoking. 
Ramada Hotel Resort Lake Balaton
This hotel is located in Balatonalmadi. Dining options at Ramada Hotel Resort Lake Balaton include a restaurant. Recreational amenities include a sauna and a steam room. This 4.0-star property offers limo/town car service, audio-visual equipment, and business services. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff and laundry facilities. Televisions have satellite channels. Rooms also include air conditioning
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PECS, HUNGARY - FEATURED HOTELS

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Hotel Palatinus City Center Pecs
Set in the heart of Pecs, this hotel is close to Pecs Synagogue and Szechenyi Square. Another nearby attraction is Mosque of Gazi Kaszim Pasha. Dining options at Hotel Palatinus City Center include a restaurant. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a sauna and a steam room. This 3.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. This Pecs property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff and laundry facilities. 
Hotel Patria Pecs
Set in the heart of Pecs, this hotel is close to Pecs Cathedral and Archaelogical Museum. Another nearby attraction is Mosque of Gazi Kaszim Pasha. This 3.0-star property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public areas. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Room service is available during limited hours. Guest parking is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a bar/lounge and laundry facilities. There are 117 guestrooms at Hotel Patria. Guestrooms have balconies. Bathrooms feature bathtubs.
SZEGED, HUNGARY - FEATURED HOTELS
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Hunguest Hotel Forras Szeged
Offering host of amenities and comfortable accommodation, Hunguest Hotel Forras Szeged is a perfect venue for a pleasant as well as relaxing stay.  Located in the quiet suburban surroundings of the downtown neighbourhood, the hotel is placed directly on the riverside of Tisza and is just a kilometre from the city centre and 3 kilometres from the railway station.  All the 117 accommodation units at the hotel are gracefully decorated and come with a host of modern amenities.  Guests can dine at the onsite a la carte restaurant that serves a wide variety of international and Hungarian delicacies.  You can work out at the well-appointed gymnasium, indulge in the game of tennis or relax at the sauna. 
Novotel Szeged
This Szeged hotel is located on a river. Dining options at Novotel Szeged include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include a sauna and a children's club. This 3.0-star property offers small meeting rooms, a technology helpdesk, and audio-visual equipment. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Szeged property has event space consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and exhibit space. The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include multilingual staff, gift shops/newsstands, and laundry facilities. 
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