Emile Bootsma

General Manager

Emile Bootsma - General ManagerMy Budapest tip:
Etyek and the Hungarian Ham Master

Let me take you outside Budapest: my favourite “perfect day” destination is Etyek, a quaint village 30 km from the city. Its lush vineyards produce some of the best white wine in Hungary – wine has been made here since Roman times.
After a visit to the 18 hole Pannonia Golf & Country Club, I never miss "Sonkamester" (Ham Master) – I could not wish for a better afternoon than to relax on his cellar’s terrace, enjoying the fresh, grape-fragrant air, tasting different kinds of Hungarian ham and sausages and sipping varieties of delicious wine. My absolute favourites from this area are Sauvignon Blanc from Etyeki Kúria and Pinot Noir by Hernyák. There’s another side to Etyek as well – a side that can be seen in its film history. As a matter of fact, Etyek is like Napa Valley and Hollywood rolled into one. It is here, in the Korda Studios, that Jeremy Irons shot The Borgias and you can actually book a tour of the studios.

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