Furmint tasting of Balaton
Köveskál Furmint Day on 26 February
The tiny village of Köveskál (only 440 inhabitants) is a true gem with its lovely cottages and its great restaurants. We might say it is the gourmet heart of Balaton Uplands, the north coast of Lake Balaton.
Next weekend Köveskál with host the 4th annual Furmint February events starting on Friday with round table discussions and tastings for winemakers and welcoming consumers on Saturday with masterclass and walk around tasting. Visitors will have the chance to taste about 40 Furmint wines from 20 exhibitors on the 26th February, from 10.00 to 18.00. The four great restaurants offer special menus adjusted to Furmint wines all the weekend.
From all around the lake
Exhibitors represent all the subregions of Balaton, just to mention a few:
– Borbély Family Winery from Badacsony,
– Garamvári Vineyard with bottle fermented sparkling wines made of Furmint, from South Balaton,
Tickets and more information
Furmint from a virgin vineyard
Borbély Family Winery never rushes with the wines to the market, they know that time is a crucial ingredient of wines. No wonder, we can encounter older vintages of Borbély wines on the shelves, even though they make only white wines. Borbély Family Winery released its first Furmint not long ago, it is vintage 2019. The vines were planted in 2015, this is the first vintage. Half of the wine was matured in stainless steel, while the other half was aged in 500 L oak barrel. The residual sugar (4 gram) is nicely balanced with its 7.2 acidity. Fruity character with lovely minerality.
Restaurants of Köveskál
Fun fact: this region is full of basalt stones, houses, even churches are built of stones. ‘Stone’ is ‘kő’ in Hungarian, and we can see ‘kő’ in every name, just like in every house. ‘Köves’ means ‘stony’.
Venue of the walk around tasting: Köveskál ‘Kultúrház’ (‘House of Culture’)
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