Pannonhalma: secrets of the ancient wine-making
Pannonhalma: secrets of the ancient wine-making

Travel in time visiting the Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma - one of the most ancient monasteries in Hungary and the second largest Catholic abbey in the world.

Start your day with a visit to a patisserie located on the main square of the monastery and taste desserts and dishes that were prepared according to old recipes based on local seasonings and herbs.

Next, you will have a walk around the monastery and the monastery manor with a visit to the old wine cellars, where the monks have stored fragrant wine for centuries. In the Middle Ages, monks were called the "fathers of winemaking". The tradition of making wine in Pannonhalma is very ancient - it dates back to the 10th century, the time when the abbey was founded. You will be able to taste both traditional Pannonhalma varieties of wine - Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Welschriesling and more well-known ones - Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot.

On the territory of the abbey there is also a botanical garden, where monks grow medicinal plants and herbs. From these herbs, monks prepare tinctures and liqueurs known all around Hungary. The signature attraction of the monastery is the wonderful lavender fields. An excellent day will come to its end with visiting one of the wineries of the abbey, wine tasting and interesting sommelier stories.

Duration: 7 hours

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