Perhaps Hungarian wine isn´t known around the world, but the truth is that it has little to envy from the wines from more famous wining countries and the rest of Europe. The capital of Hungary holds many places where you can enjoy a nice glass of wine after work or during dinner with friends. It´s a social activity in itself and so that the wine doesn´t go to the head so quick, they usually add some soda to it.
It´s not unusual to see how conversations flow in bars in Budapest around a good bottle of red, white or rosĂŠ wine, wine for all tastes. And since this is about tastes, I can tell you that my favourite wine of the region is Tokay, which comes from close to the Ukrainian and Slovakian border. This is a legendary wine of Austrian-Hungarian origin that has been made since the mid-16th century in the same way. The elixir of Tokay or Tokaij was the first one elaborated in Hungary and they said that it had medicinal properties. In the time of king Louis XIV, it was the one consumed the most in the whole of Europe. Today, it´s a fruity wine with a sweet twist, although it does have a bit more wine than the rest of the wines, with 14Âş. Also, Tokay wine takes a year more or less to ferment since the procedure is just drying out part of the collected grapes (like if they were raisins) to press them afterwards.
Here are some tips if you want to enjoy a nice glass of wine in Budapest. The wine map starts here.
DiVino Wine Budapest
The best thing about this place, as well as its huge variety in wines, is its location, with magnificent views of St Stephen´s Basilica, especially at nightfall. On its menu it offers 200 different wines and sandwiches and crisps to eat, as well as wine, a lot of wine. The prices are quite affordable since it´s managed by the Association of Young Hungarian Winemakers. You´ll find it at Szent Istvan ter 3.
Great Market Hall (Nagycsarnok)
Another of the places where you´ll find excellent Hungarian wine is in the Great Market Hall, the biggest covered market in the city. This market has a retro atmosphere and has become a landmark for tourists and bystanders. There, as well as doing your shopping, you can enjoy typical Hungarian food, beer and wine. And there´s also plenty of wine in this market hall. You´ll find it at the end of the pedestrian street VĂĄci utca, with two floors filled with stores that sells jewellery, toys, clothes, food and pĂĄprika on every corner. And all of this, accompanied by live music. Highly recommended.Â
Kadarka Wine Bar
Located on Karaly utca 42, in the 5th district, is where this bar that´s specialized in wine tasting is located. The waiters will give you advice on which wine to choose, depending on your tastes. If you just want one glass, it will cost you between 2 and 3 euros. It´s a very elegant and intimate place, a meeting point of Hungarian youth.
ĂrdĂśgĂĄrok pince y Ăj ĂŠs Ăreghegy
And to finish off the visit to Budapest wine tasting, it´s advisable to walk around theÂ ĂrdĂśg-ĂĄrok vineyards (which means Devil´s Pit Cellar) andÂ Ăj ĂŠs Ăreghegy (which means Old and New Hill). It´s a trip that requires a whole afternoon, where you can sample wines and where tourists leave more than happy.Â
It´s going to be one big tribute to Bacchus, the god of wine.Â
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The effects of electronic music are probably different than those of other musical genres. Although the rhythm is repetitive, songs random and a constant mix of rhythm, voice and interpretation electronic music reaches the senses deeper than any other musical genre. Furthermore, the constant drug use at festivals, raves and underground parties leads to a more intense experience that opens our imagination, desire and body at parties come close to rituals in certain moments, one could call them technological. The inicial interest in electronic muisic derived from the experimentation with several effects and devices that generated frequencies for over 50 years. Eletronic music entered our daily life as an established music genre with many different forms and possibilities to dance and listen to with technology that continues to advance and new possibilities to create effects through computers.
Maybe it was the psychodelic master Timothy Leary who with his talks about LSD and its effect on the body who it itself represents an electronic machinery claimed that drug use will broaden the limits of our minds and with these new bodies through which we carry electronic impulses we reach new levels of imagination and reality which meant a possible evolution through the stimulants of LSD.
Leary caused such inspiration in the German community creator of thel Krautrock, amongst whom the electroâs fathers, Kraftwerk, it would be essential for us to understand that experience of mental and sensory expansion had to be done with effects and electronic devices: synthesizers.
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Translated by: Maria