Sol Montis – a gem to discover in fabulous Mátra
St Martin’s Day is celebrated in Hungary with new wine tastings and wine dinners. I read about Sol Montis St Martin wine dinner a few days ago – but by the time I got to write about it to recommend, all the seats had been sold out. Therefore I do not describe the mouthwatering courses (goose paté with grape gam and home made sweet bread…), but I recommend you to visit Sol Montis any time! Mátra wine region is probably the most exciting region to watch now, our second largest mountainous wine region, and Sol Montis is a leading winery there.
Book in advance!
As the sold out dinner proves, Sol Montis is already really popular among Hungarian winelovers. If you want to visit, book in advance. Guests can choose between several flights and they can also accompany the tasting with home made cheese-cold-cut-sausage platter or some typical dishes from Mátra.
– The ‘Basic’ wine tasting includes 6 wine samples, a platter with home made cheese, sausages and bread along with home grown vegetables, mineral water and coffee.
Price: 5000 HUF (14 euros)
– The ‘Advanced’ wine tasting includes 7 wines, mineral water, coffee and one plate of warm dish. (Guests can choose from different options, but groups of less than 10 people should order the same dish. Some options: venison stew with porcini, goulash cooked on open fire, stuffed cabbage a la Gyöngyös style.)
Price: 7500 HUF (21 euros)
– The ‘Professional’ wine tasting includes 8 wines and a 3 course menu, mineral water and coffee. There are two options for the menu:
1.: ‘Palóc’ soup, BBQ spare ribs and home made strudel
2.: Carpaccio of venison ham, crispy roasted duck and hime made cheese cake
Price: 13 000 HUF (36 euros)
Red wines from Mátra? Why not!
Though the region is first and foremost known about its white wines (especially the aromatic grapes, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and others), red wines are increasingly important, since the common taste turns towards fruit driven, vibrant, lighter red wines.
Sol Montis Cabernet Franc (cover photo above) ferments and ages in barrel, and the resulting wine boasts black currant, blackberry and chocolate notes with a touch of eucalyptus.