CONTRIBUTED BY EMMA R.
If you are looking for a unique experience in Budapest, a city full of delicious food and wine, look no further than Faust Wine Cellar. Located 54 steps deep underground the Hilton Hotel, it is a once in a lifetime experience to enjoy Hungarian wine varieties in the cool confines of an old cellar.
A few weeks prior to visiting Budapest I had chanced across an advertisement for the cellar. The only available spot for a couple of months luckily turned out to be for one of the days we were in Budapest. I jumped on the chance to try it out as it seemed to have outstanding, five star reviews.
Situated next door to the beautiful Matthias Church, the Hilton hotel was easy to find. We headed inside and followed the directions and came to a very small wine cellar. The heat in Budapest in July was relentless, so the naturally cool temperature in the cellar was a welcome relief. There were only five tables in the cellar and two groups were already there when we arrived. Each group had their own wine tasting independent of each other. This meant that the tastings were self-paced and not rushed along.
Our extremely friendly host was quick to get us started on our first wines. They were all very generous pours. We chose to try the ‘White Lovers’ tasting tray which included seven Hungarian white wine varieties, six pieces of ‘pogácsa’ (Hungarian scones) and water for the table at a cost of around the equivalent of $30 USD. There was also the option for a complementary eighth tasting, which was a repeat of your favorite variety.
Pro Tip: Tastings ranged from six to nine offerings, so allow several hours for the experience and unless you have a high tolerance for wine, eat a decent meal beforehand as no other food is offered during the tasting.
After the tasting, the host let us know that the wines were all available individually for purchase; however no pressure was placed to purchase. Most of the wines offered were from small, local producers and unavailable for purchase in the local market. We ended up opting to purchase two bottles of wine that we had tasted and the total came to under $15 USD for both. While vacationing in Budapest we were staying in the District V area. A taxi ride back to the Pest side of the Danube cost less than $10 USD equivalent.
If you are a wine lover, the Hungarian varieties were very different; I was really surprised by them. It was definitely a novelty and I highly recommend trying them out in such a novel setting. To avoid disappointment, book several weeks in advance. Several guests of the Hilton tried to get last minute tastings and all were turned away.
Tips For Your Trip:
Phone: +36 20 326 35 03
Hours: Thursday – Monday 1400-2100; Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Price: Tastings start at 5,400 HUF (~$20 USD)
Address: H-1014 Budapest, Hess András square 1-3. (inside the Hotel Hilton Budapest)
GPS Coordinates: 47.5023184, 19.033503300000007