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IE Russia/Hungary: Wine and Blue Danube

Wine is an integral part of Hungarian culture. Hungary has a long history of wine making, and wine is now a major export and revenue source of local residents. We may not speak Hungarian but we definitely recognize some Hungarian words because many words for wine derive from Hungarian. White wine accounts for over 60% of total wine production in Hungary. The most famous Hungarian wines are the dry Bull’s Blood and Aszu. On the first day in Hungary, we visited two wineries, Heimann and Takler, located in the southern Szekszard region, which is about 250 kilometers from Budapest.

After a day tour in the downtown Budapest, we walked by the river bank of the Blue Danube. Buda is on the left side of the river and Pest is on the other side. Buda is the commercial and tourism district. The two cities, Buda and Pest, merged to become the capital of Hungary, then we call Budapest.