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All About Wine – Upcoming Wine Events in Debrecen

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All About Wine – Upcoming Wine Events in Debrecen

Hungary has reclaimed its reputation for producing fantastic, quality wines since the fall of communism. Overall wine quality is improving, at every price level, and you can still experience the best Hungarian wines locally in Debrecen, perhaps try before you invest in a bottle is the most sensible approach? 

Well in Debrecen you can try a vast array of Hungarian wines at the events listed below throughout the first half of 2020.

Furmint February 2020

The Furmint February Wine Show will be held once again in Debrecen on 29 February 2020 (Saturday) by the Debrecen Wine Friends Society.  The event will be held in the Kölcsey Center Ballroom. At the pinnacle of the Debrecen Wine Show, the event will be this year’s Furmint February National Series.  Fifty wineries have been invited to the event from several wine regions.

The organizers have said that the event will showcase the variety and the characteristics of the Furmint breed.  In addition, a gastronomic corner will also available, where many delicacies will be available to wine-loving guests.  This year, a limited number of admission tickets will be available to prevent overcrowding and because the milieu of the event and the excellent wines to be tasted will require intimacy, intimacy, and attention that should be maximized.

ENTRY TICKETS: 7,990 Ft / person Pre – BOOKING TICKETS: 5,990 Ft / person

Pre-booking tickets Are Available at the following locations:

– Levi’s Store | Fórum Shopping Mall (Debrecen, Csapó street 30.; Monday – Saturday: 9 AM – 8 PM; and Sunday: 10 AM – 6 PM)
– Wine Store “Borudvar” (Debrecen, Rigó street 1., Monday-Friday: 9 AM – 5:30 PM)
– Wine Store “Mámor” (Debrecen, Piac street 77., Monday-Friday: 1 PM – 6 PM, Saturday: 10 AM – 2 PM)
– Karakter 1517 Café & VisitDebrecen Info Point (Debrecen, Kálvin tér, behind the Reformed Great Church; Monday – Saturday: 9 AM – 6 PM)
– Radio “BestFM” (Debrecen, Darabos street 35 .)

Tickets are available via everywhere with cash.

There is a tasting booklet and a Riedel Furmint wine glass (deposit HUF 2,500 / cup) along with the admission ticket. The admission price includes unlimited wine tasting.

There are a limited number of entrants to the event! The organizers of the event, The Debrecen Wine Friends Association, reserve the right to make changes to the program!  

Tower of Flavors @ Debrecen Water Tower.

Fresh new gastronomy and wine event series coming to Debrecen.  Organized by the Mádi Wine Academy of the University of Debrecen, the first will take place on Thursday 13 February 2020 6-9 PM at the Water Tower. The event will be a special wine dinner featuring the chef of First Mádi Winery and the brand ambassador of MAD WINE Winery.  Our goal is to bring the wines of the world-famous Mád wineries to Debrecen and to present the harmony of the dishes created by the chefs with the wine.  

Wines of the City of Debrecen – A Wine Tasting Tour

Led by Winemakers

Friday, 27 March 2020 from 17:00-21:00

Introducing a tasting tour including the winners of the Wine of Debrecen Awards to take place as part of the Debrecen Spring festival of 2020.

Late last year the “Wines of Debrecen” were selected for 2020 under a new selection system.  Of the nearly 300 wines in the annual tests of the Debrecen Borozó Winery magazine, the TOP20 wineries were invited to participate in the competition. The TOP20 wineries representing 8 different wine regions tried their luck with a selection of 82 high-quality wines.

In December 2019, 18 renowned winemakers, wine experts, sommelier, and lucky wine lovers selected Debrecen City Wine in a seven-round blind tasting. The Debrecen City Wines were awarded as follows.

The “Wine of Debrecen” title was awarded to 

  • Classic white wine: Mátra Rhine Rizling 2018, Szőke Mátyás és Zoltán Pincészet 
  • Classic red wine: Szekszárd Cabernet Franc classic 2017, Mészáros Borház
  • Classic rosé wine: Szekszárd Pinot noir Rosé 2019, Takler Borbirtok
  • Premium white wine: Mátrai Paskomi Chardonnay 2018, Szőke Mátyás és Zoltán Pincészet 
  • Premium red wine: Villányi Franc 2017, Koch Borház, VinArt Pincészet 
  • Dessert wine: Intuition No1 Zéta Édes Szamorodni 2008, Holdvölgy Pincészet
  • Champagne: Tokaji Furmint Pezsgő Extra Brut 2016, Gróf Dégenfeld Szőlőbirtok

The evening will be hosted by Pál Kovács, Friend of the Winemakers (2019). Snacks (cheeses, sandwiches) and water for tasting can be purchased on site. Tickets: 4900 HUF; Tasting glass is available for 1000 HUF/piece, which will be returned on departure upon delivery of the glass. There are a limited number of tickets available, so we recommend buying them in advance. Tickets may no longer be available at the venue. Tickets are available at the Kölcsey Center and online at no charge at https://kolcseykozpont.jegy.hu/.

Wine & Jazz

6-9th August 2020

Last year saw eighty domestic wineries, 45 concerts, a jazz cinema, and a craft fair await the visitors of Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days on the shores of Lake Békás in the Great Forest of Debrecen.

Jazz fans enjoyed a choice of three-stage concerts, non-stop Jazz music over 4 days, hundreds of musicians both Hungarian and foreign jazz musicians from 12 countries. Exclusive wine tasting took place under an air-conditioned dome situated in the center of the Great Forest park.

As for the details or this event for 2020, they are still too fluid to publish, but it will no doubt be just as impressive as last year, even better! 

Watch this space, we will publish updates when we have more information.  It is certainly an event to clear your schedule for.  If traveling book your flights and accommodation well in advance to be sure of a place.

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