Nagy-Somló Wine District

1. day tour

In the morning, explore Somló Hill, the wine district’s characteristic volcanic formation, which many refer to as “the hat that God left behind”. Walk along the steep roads through the vineyards, marvel at the tiny press houses and richly decorated gabled, former noble buildings, visit a small family winery for a tasting or relax on the hill’s only permanently open terrace at the popular little wine shop, which sells all the producers’ wines.

Afterwards, have lunch at the foot of the hill in a winery restaurant and then visit the birthplace of Dániel Berzsenyi, now a museum. After this cultural visit, return to the hill and climb up towards the gleaming golden spire of St Ilona’s Chapel, before visiting another winery and enjoying a wine tasting. If you still have time, head over to St Margaret’s Chapel and walk through the nine stops on the Kitaibel educational trail.

Round off the day at the modern winery at the foot of the hill, where you can also discover Somló traditional method sparkling wine, enjoy a real gastronomic experience for dinner and maybe even spend the night on the estate.


2. day tour

In the morning, visit one of the nearby wineries and just enjoy a short tasting from their range, so you can head up the hill with a clear head to St Stephen’s Lookout Tower at the top as well as the ruins of Somló Castle. Enjoy a picnic lunch that you’ve brought with you before walking down to the north side of the hill and visiting a winery there for a wine tasting.

Walk back to the south side and you should still have time to visit the pools of the Borgáta thermal bath, but you can also enjoy a palinka tasting at a local palinka distillery. Make sure you buy some Somló wines before you head home, as most of the small producers’ wines cannot really be found anywhere else!

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