After the fall of communism in 1989, Hungary has started to embrace again its long history of winemaking. The past decade saw the openings of several Budapest wine bars that serve up excellent local wines from most of Hungary's 22 wine regions, including the famous Tokaj, once the favorite of emperors and presidents. Keep a special eye out for grape varieties indigenous to Hungary, including furmint, hárslevelű, and juhfark (white), and kadarka and kékfrankos (red).
Kadarka is a lively wine bar inside Budapest's hopping Jewish Quarter. The place's moniker refers to a prominent red grape variety native to Hungary. Note that Kadarka isn't the type of uber-cool wine bar where you'll get to taste the latest natural wine or pet-nat sensation, but they do serve more than a hundred kinds of reliable Hungarian wines across the country's 22 wine regions. Despite being in a tourist-heavy area, Kadarka has remained a mainly local haunt, especially for 30-plus Hungarians, likely because prices haven’t shot through the roof and the service is kind and attentive.