Wine Tasting in Buda Castle – Faust Wine Cellar

One of the Best Places to Taste Hungarian Wines in Budapest

the vaulted entrance tot he stone cellar with black wrought iron gatesTaste wonderful Hungarian wines in a historic wine cellar in Buda castle.

You can sample wines from Hungary’s 22 wine regions including the best known wine growing areas of Szekszárd, and Villány in southern Hungary, Eger and Tokaj in North Hungary, and Badacsony north of Lake Balaton.

Location of the Wine Cellar

Address: Hess András tér 1-3, Budapest 1014, in Castle District within the Hilton Hotel

Entrance: Turn left in the Hall of the Hilton Hotel, walk till the Dominican Monastery Cloister, 54 steps lead down the cellar

Opening Hours & Tasting Times: Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: from 14.00 till 21.00, CLOSED: Tuesday and Wednesday.

TIP: On Closed Days book a Wine Cruise on the Danube with 7 Wine Samples and a 2-hour tour on the river.

Tastings start at 14.00Reservation is required due to limited availability of places! The tasting lists (see below) include some wonderful wines from Hungary’s top wineries.

Reserve a Wine Tasting in the Faust Cellar/Buda Castle

About Faust Wine Cellar & Pálinka Tasting

The Wine Cellar offers a wide selection of Hungarian wines from the country’s best wine growing regions as well as traditional fruit distillates called pálinka in Hungarian.

inside Faust Wine CellarThe stone cellar is part of the vast labyrinth system winding underneath Buda castle.

The inhabitants of the castle carved the labyrinth out of the chalk stone to provide escape during a siege in the middle ages.

On the way to the cellar you can view the restored remains of a 13th century Dominican cloister and monastery.

The cellar exudes quaint, relaxed atmosphere: a perfect and romantic setting for wine tasting.

Kind and knowledgeable, English-speaking wine experts will introduce you to the wines and wine regions of Hungary. You’ll learn about and sample the best local wines in a private cellar.

Combine a Sightseeing Walk in Buda Castle with Wine Tasting in a Historic Wine Cellar

Fishermen's bastion (Halaszbastya)The whole Castle District with its ample historic sights and wonderful panorama of the Danube, and Pest are part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

Wine was always an essential part of Hungarians’ life, and the Buda Hills used to were covered with grapevines and well-known for wines.

By tasting some of the country’s best wines and pálinkás in the vaulted stone cellar, you’ll get a more complete impression about Hungary, and the Hungarians.

Wine Tasting Menus

The cellar offers three main tasting packages:

Red Wine Menu (from the longer list that includes 8 wines):

  • Villányi Cabernet Franc Rose 2008 (Zsófia Iványi’s winery),tasting area in the Faust Cellar
  • Szekszárdi Kadarka 2011 (by János Németh), ( a unique Hungarian variety),
  • a Kékfrankos Selection 2009 (Blaufrankisch)  (from Eger, Ferenc Tóth),
  • Soproni Electus Zweigelt 2008 (Ráspy Winery)
  • two types of Bikavér (Bull’s Blood) one form Szekszárd (Sygno Bikavér 2011 by János Németh’s winery) the other from Eger (year 2009 by Ferenc Tóth,
  • a Merlot from Villány (year 2008 by Zsófi Iványi), and
  • Szekszárdi János Áldás (John’s Blessing/Johannestrunk, János Hetényi Winery) 2006: – a red madeira-type dessert wine: high alcohol content paired with creamy cocoa mouthfeel, with notes and aromas of dark chocolate and prunes.

A shorter tasting menu of 5 fine reds is also available

White Wine Menu (from the longer menu of 8 wines):

  • Balatoni Tramini (Brazsil Winery) 2012: a nice light white from the lake Balaton region (northern shore, Balatonfüred-Csopak area) with notes of peaches and a creamy mouthfeel.
  • Somlói Juhfark (Winery of Bálint Barcza) 2011: vivid with notes of herbs, nuts and lemon pith.
  • Nadapi “A” cuvée 2012 by the Szentesi Winery a dry, white fruity white from the Etyek-Buda wine region.
  • John’s Blessing (János Áldás/Johannestrunk) 2012 by Bene Winery Tokaj – a crispy dry selected furmint. According to local belief John’s wine has medical qualities, it keeps away malign spirits, protects from lightning, helps maintain beauty, health and keep up good marriage.
  • Tokaji Szamorodni Dry 2005 (Bene Winery): – and exciting dry white specialty from the famous Tokaj region: walnut, almond, and hazelnut notes are in nice harmony with the fine acidity.
  • Balatoni Irsai Olivér (Brazsil Winery) 2012: a fruity white by a small-scale wine estate in the northern shore of the Lake Balaton.
  • Tokaji Édes Kettes “Sweet Harmony” 2011 (Bene Winery: – a sweet furmint blend form Tokaj.
  • Móri Ezerjó “Aszu” (Bozóky Winery) 2006: – and finally a lesser-known unique, dessert wine from the Mór wine region: a rich golden yellow sweet wine with scents of honey.

A shorter menu of 5 fine whites is also available.

Curiosities of Hungary

A package that includes tasting of wines (both reds and whites) from all of the country’s major wine producing regions: Szekszárd, Eger, Tokaj.

Each package offers a choice of a longer (consisting of 8 items) and a shorter (5-6 items) tasting list.

a glass of fine wineThe longer tasting lists include:

  • tasting of 8 wines
  • a bottle of soda water (250 ml),
  • 6 pieces of pogácsa (savoury scones), and
  • a call back from of one the tasted drinks at the end

The shorter tasting lists include

  • tasting of 5 wines,
  • a bottle of soda water (250 ml),
  • 3 pieces of scones and
  • a call back from of one the tasted drinks at the end

Reserve Your Wine Tasting

You can reserve a wine tasting in the cellar online by paying 10% of the tasting price in advance through PayPal.

You pay the rest of the tasting price on the spot in Faust Wine Cellar at the end of your tasting.

Method of Reservation:

  • Choose a Tasting menu from the scroll down menu below. Please choose only one for one table!
  • Fill in all the fields (name, email address: where the confirmation e-mail will be sent, date of tasting – Note: Reservation must be made at least 3 business days prior the date of tasting! ).
  • Click on the Reserve Button – you’ll be taken to PayPal’s secure payment area where you can view and update your cart, and pay 10% of the total price securely online. Please review carefully the content of the cart before paying!
  • You’ll receive a Confirmation E-mail with all the details of the wine tasting from the Wine Cellar within 2 business days. Please print out the confirmation letter your receive in e-mail and take it with you to the wine tasting.
Note: Please check your spam folder because sometimes confirmation letters land there.

Book A Tasting in the Faust Wine Cellar

Terms of Cancellation & Refund Policy

If something comes up and you decide not to do the wine tasting please cancel it at least 3 business days prior to the date of the tasting to get a refund on the 10 % you paid. Note: transaction fee ( 4%) is deducted from the refund.

If you cancel the tasting within less than 3 business days you are not entitled to the refund.

No Show Policy: If you don’t cancel and don’t show up for the tasting you are not entitled to any refund.

Contact us to cancel the tasting.

TIP: If the cellar in the castle is fully booked you can taste wines in the CultiVini Wine Gallery & Shop in Pest city centre.

Wide selection of Hungarian wines from the 22 wine regions, from common to rare bottles, unique items to sample from state-of-the-art tasting and preservation machines! You can also buy wines with delivery to your home.

Sommelier guiding (reservation is required), mobile and tablet apps with extensive information on the wines, wine makers, varieties, with tasting notes. A one-of-a-kind experience!

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