Somló is Hungary’s smallest and very unique wine region and once an underwater volcano.
Most of the region is situated on the slopes of this extinct volcano close to Lake Balaton about 90 miles west of Budapest, crowned by the ruins of an 11th-century castle, overlooking the plain. The bedrock is black basalt, the remnant of ancient lava flows, and above it lies a topsoil with loess, clay and sand. The unique terroir makes some of the smokiest, most fiery white wines in the world. The wines of Somló, exclusively white, are made out of the grape varieties Hárslevelű, Furmint, Juhfark and Welschriesling.
This region was favoured by many royals, from King Sigmund to the Habsburgs. In the eighteenth-nineteenth century the Habsburgs especially Maria Theresia and Joseph II are claimed to have favoured Somlo wines. Wine was used to cure health problems and it was widely believed that if the husband drinks Juhfark wine on the wedding night it assures the birth of a son. That is why it is often called the ‘wedding night wine’.
The wines produced in here are made in a very small quantities, and they are hardly exported.
So If you are looking for something unique this is the region to visit.
We can combine this tour with lake Balaton if you want
450 EUR + 35 for wine tasting
During our wine tasting tours one can get acquainted with the history and character of the wine regions of Hungary see the countryside and that of the international and local grape selections and the different wines produced from these grapes.
Wine Tasting Hungary Private Tours
1118 Budapest, Szüret utca
+36 70 32 77 933