Budapest Buda Castle Wine Festival is a highly popular festival in Budapest, Hungary: it is fun, delicious, good value for money, and is set in the beautiful Buda Castle courts. Although Hungary has an old history of wine making, reaching back to the Middle Ages, the Communist regime was more of a cheap beer sort of drinking culture. Luckily, there is a growing number of wine lovers in Hungary after the recent beer decades, and wine lovers are getting more and more educated about the nuances of enjoying wines with fine palates, philosophical thoughts, inner celebration and good company.
The Buda Castle Wine Festival is the biggest and best Wine Festival in Budapest, as well as in the country of Hungary, featuring the wines of 15 countries, 220 wineries and 5000 wines! The festival is well worth a Budapest weekend getaway in itself, if you like great wines, good music and beautiful places with many happy people.
Budapest Wine Festival usually takes place around harvest time, some time in September.
The wine fest is not national and not only wines are presented: the festival, officially known as the Budapest International Wine and Champagne Festival, features both Hungarian and foreign wines, and as the name suggests, you can enjoy some nice champagnes too.
Plus you can listen to some of the best Hungarian jazz, dixie, folk, world music concerts, Hungarian folk dance shows, etc. Opening hours at Budapest Wine Festival are quite long: the festival, which takes place in Buda Castle (Royal Palace) on the Buda side of Budapest, is usually open until 11 pm.
You can taste as well as buy wines, the best wines in Hungary, which already proved their qualities at national and international wine competitions.
There is always a guest at Budapest Wine Festival: in 2011 it was France that showed its wines and wine culture.
In addition to wine sales, tasting and entertainment, there are vinicultural crafts for sale, viticultural presentations, workshops about wine tasting, the history of Hungarian wines, and more.
If you want to get even more serious about Hungarian wines, you can find a well rated wine tasting tour within the Castle walls: Faust Wine Cellar, or take a wine tasting cruise on the Danube. Both offer superb wines, and Faust Wine Cellar wine guides also add interesting info about Hungarian wine regions. Many of the guests added in their reviews that the best wines they drank in Hungary was in these wine tastings.
Where is the Budapest Wine Festival?
In Buda Castle on the Castle Hill Budapest: the historical surroundings are in line with the nobility of wines, aren’t they?
Opening hours of the Budapest Wine Festival
The festival is open from about 2pm to 11pm on weekdays and 10am to 11pm on weekends.
Tickets to the Budapest Wine Festival
The festival daily tickets are around HUF 2800 (10-12 Euros), free for children under 12.
Your entrance fee includes a tasting glass, a little sack for the wine tasting glass, a ticket to the permanent exhibitions of the National Gallery (in the Buda Castle – displaying Hungarian artists’ collections) and the Budapest History Museum. The daily ticket is a wrist band, which enables you to come and go in and out of the wine fest as you please.
Although your entrance fee includes a tasting glass, you need to pay for the actual wines. The prices of the wines are variable, but quite cheap (and excellent value)
There are childcare facilities from opening hours until 6pm (check with the organizers what exactly they include in a given year)
How to Get to the Budapest Wine Festival
Bus number 16 from Deak square is the most simple and convenient way to get there.
The bus also stops at the two ends of the Chain Bridge, on Roosevelt square on the Pest side (close to Gresham Palace, Four Seasons Hotel Budapest), and on Clark Adam square on the Buda side (on the right side of the Tunnel, opposite the Funicular Railway)
Funicular: for a short but nice trip, you can hop on the cable cars of the 19th century Funicular in Budapest on the left side of the Tunnel at the Chain Bridge (Clark Adam square), and get easily uphill in a couple of minutes. Mind you, walking up the hill does not take long either (about a 10 or 15-minute leisurely walk)
Official website of Wine Festival, Hungary: aborfesztival.hu