Unlike beer, wine has been essential throughout Hungary's history with almost all parts of the country producing its own. Best-known are the wines of Tokaj, once a favorite of emperors and presidents, but there are a total of 22 wine regions across Hungary today. At the wine bars below, you can try a wide range of local options, both white and red, as well as traditionally made and natural wines. Keep a special eye out for those made from native Hungarian grape varieties, including furmint, hárslevelű, and juhfark (white), and kadarka (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.