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“Good if you're a novist”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Faust Wine Cellar

Faust Wine Cellar
Ranked #1 of 179 Shopping in Budapest
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Be our guest in our authentic Faust Wine Cellar under the Dominican Cloister - the part of the UNESCO World Heritage! We are offering about 80 sorts of Hungarian wines and 30 sorts of "Pálinka". During the week we are organizing special wine and "Pálinka" tastings guided by our sommelier!
Vancouver, Canada
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“Good if you're a novist”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

After living in Northern California, going to Faust is like a reversal of knowledge. To be perfectly frank, Hungarian wines aren't world-class, and Faust basically underscores this fact. We elected for the 6 tastes. Starts with a SB, which was as flat as can be. Two-buck Chuck rivals it. Then to a "Rose" which tasted white and shallow again. Next a red table wine that was all leather and spice. Then to a merlot-cab that was easily passable, but as the "piece de resistance" fell flat. Gabor tried to appease us with another full-bodied red that was overly-complex, which made it interesting, but virtually unpairable. The "semi-sweet" dessert wine was nearly syrup, rivaling a sweet muscat. Good lesson in realizing that California destroys Hungary in this domain.

If you live outside of a wine region, you will enjoy Faust. The atmosphere is intimate and quaint, and the service is very personable, with a ton of knowledge regarding European wines. Hungary has a long way to go before ranking amongst the great wine regions of the world.

Visited October 2012
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“Hungarian wine has lots to shout about!”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

We booked a 9 wine tasting session at 25EUR each. Absolutely brilliant! We've drunk lots of French wine having lived in Belgium for the last three years. I knew Hungary made wine but have never seen it in a restaurant or wine shop. I need to find a stockist though soon, it is incredible. Hungarian wine is incredibly diverse and why wouldn't it be, the country has a wide range of terroirs as the very knowledgeable Gabor will tell you. We spent about 2 hours 20 minutes. It's nice that you can take your time and know that your table isn't going to be booked out to the next group. They make sure that everyone gets the time they need to fully enjoy the whole experience. I wouldn't worry about the reviews that complain about the walk down the stairs either, it really isn't that far.
Don't miss this, if you have any interest or pleasure in wine you must come here.

Visited September 2012
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“Brilliant”
Reviewed September 30, 2012 via mobile

Me and my fiancé went here in the early afternoon when it opens (2pm) and were practically the first ones there! The cellar itself was tiny and quaint and the owner was really lovely and enthusiastic. As it was only early afternoon we opted for the shorter wine tasting menu (5 wines and then you select your fave for another drink) and the owner gives you details about the wine and where it was from etc. The cellar gets full really quickly and it has a great atmosphere which would be also good with friends. With the tasting you get 6 Hungarian cheese scones to share between the two of you and soda water. It was a really unique experience and we both were glad we went. The only downside was that the scones were so moreish I could have probably eaten another plateful and then some!! Go here- they also do palinka tastings!

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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful wine cellar with amazing hospitality”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

This gem of a cellar is hidden away in the Castle District, in the cellar of the Hilton Hotel - an intimate place with a warm ambience and wonderful staff who speak excellent English.

The wines were excellent and the accompanying scones and cheese were just delicious.

Highly recommended - I liked the place so much, that I've booked my next visit already!

Visited June 2012
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“Amazing Experience”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

I highly recommend going to this place - just note that you do need a reservation. The wine cellar is beautiful and has a lot of character. We got the 8-course red wine tasting and each wine was even better than the next. The person serving us was really nice and knowledgeable, which made the experience even more enjoyable. And to top it all off, the scones they serve with the wine are delicious. A must do when in Budapest.

Visited September 2012
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