Unlike beer, wine has been essential all throughout Hungary's history with almost all parts of the country producing its own. Best-known is Tokaj, once a favorite of emperors and presidents, but there are a total of 22 wine regions across Hungary today. You can try a wide range of local options at the wine bars below, both whites and reds, and traditional and natural wines. Keep a special eye out for those made from native Hungarian grapes such as furmint, hárslevelű, and juhfark (white), and kékfrankos and kadarka (red).
It took a while for Hungary to hop on the natural wine train, but this global trend is now charging full steam ahead, especially among younger winemakers and consumers (the definition is hazy, but natural wines refer to wines made with little intervention, for example without selected yeasts and with only a minimal amount of sulfites). Marlou isn’t the first natural wine bar in Budapest, but it does have the widest selection of labels, both Hungarian and foreign.