Wine tastings, cellar tours, dance halls, children’s programs and concerts await visitors to the Villány Red Wine Festival, which includes a traditional harvest parade, between 30 September and 2 October, organizers told MTI.
The wine, gastronomy and culture festival, which is being held for the 34th time, offers almost a hundred cultural programs, including almost thirty concerts and a similar number of wineries’ products.
The three-day summer and autumn closing event will take place in the local square and the famous wine cellar, but there will also be concerts, children’s activities and educational presentations. Performers will include Bálint Gájer, Joe Rudán, the Bohemian Brass Band and performers of the Hungarian band Neoton Família.
On Saturday, the traditional harvest parade and barrel tapping will begin after a flower arranging demonstration, several craft activities and a children’s concert, among other things. In the afternoon, the Béla Bartók Male Choir, the Cimbaliband, the Villány Youth Brass Band and the Planina Orchestra will perform.
Cabernet Franc, a red wine variety, is especially liked in Villány and the region is very ideal for it.
In the period expected to attract the most visitors, on Saturday evening, fire and light performances, Viki Marót and the Nova Kultúr Band, Vivat Bacchus, and the Bagossy Brothers Company will entertain the audience, among others. On Sunday morning there will be an ecumenical church service.
Villány is located in the south of Hungary, not far from the Croatian border. The town has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and the origins of viticulture can be traced back to the Celts, and officially to the Romans. There are a significant number of Germans living in and around the village, many of them claiming a dual German-Hungarian identity.
The Villány wine region is one of Hungary’s prime wine tourism destinations, with the Villány-Siklós Wine Route, which has been active since 1994, linking the region’s tourism service providers. The region is particularly ideal for the Cabernet Franc grape variety, which has also given rise to the Villány Franc wine brand.
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