Our wine tour of König Pince winery, offered by Budapest Bike Breeze Tours, was a highlight of our trip to Hungary! My cousin, who is Hungarian and lives in Budapest, found this wonderful tour for my extended family a few weeks before we all arrived, Our English-speaking guide, Akos, picked up the six of us—me, my aunt, and four adult cousins—with his van at one of our apartments, which were located in sight of St. Stephen’s Basilica. Akos drove us from Pest into the neighborhood of Budafok
We arrived at the König Pince winery, and we were introduced to Zoli, our Hungarian wine master and chef for the day. Then, Akos gave us a tour of the cellars. This winery is located within the labyrinth system of cellars that are carved out of the bedrock, and wind underneath Buda castle. This tunnel system was sculpted out of the chalk stone by the inhabitants of the castle to provide escape during sieges in the middle ages. Huge wooden barrels lined the main cellar of the winery, each with a gorgeous carving on the flat front. We were told that in the past, competitions were held to pick the most beautiful barrel carving, and the most skilled carver was honored..
After our tour of the cellar, we sat down at a lovely table in the main cellar, complete with linen table cloths, wine glasses, and candles. For our luncheon, we were served spiced pickles, Hungarian bread, ham knuckle, and “broken” potatoes mixed with fried onions. With our meal, we tasted 7 different wines, including two whites, a red Bikavér, a Rosé, a spiced wine, and some white wine that had been taken out of a barrel and served from a wine thief. A Tokaji dessert wine and a scrumptous dessert ended our meal.
All through the meal and the wine tasting, both Akos and Zoli were pleasant and helpful. Zoli explained the wines and the food in Hungarian, and Akos provided the translation, as well as his own commentary. My family is very knowledgeable about wine, and we appreciated the patience that both of them took with our questions.
After the meal, we were ale to buy bottles of wine on the way out of the winery, and the cost was unbelievable...only 800 forints, or about $3.50 per bottle.
When the tour and luncheon were finished, Akos took us on a walking tour of Budafok. This was an extra-added touch, and we appreciated the walk after such a large meal and extensive wine tasting. After a truly enjoyable afternoon, Akos drove us back to our apartment in Pest.
I would certainly recommend the Budapest Bike Breeze Tours tour of the König Pince winery! The cost for each of us was very reasonable, especially considering that we were given transportation to the winery, the wine tour, the wonderful meal, all of the superior wine we drank, the tour of Budafok, and the drive back home. It was an afternoon my whole family will remember.