Hungary Today’s new, recurring series ‘Summer in Hungary’ takes a look at some of the best places to enjoy the summer weather and spend your holidays. We will collect some of the most beautiful and fun Instagram pictures, from a relaxing weekend at the beaches of Lake Balaton and Velence, the Balaton Cross Swimming and the Kékszalag Regatta, to rooftop bars, confectioneries, and wild parties at the best Hungarian music festivals. This week we are exploring a famous wine region on the south shore of Lake Balaton, Balatonboglár.
Balatonboglár, is a popular holiday resort town on the south shore of Lake Balaton, the centre of the Balatonboglár wine region. Therefore, Boglár is often called the “town of grapes and wine” and the town also claims that the sunset is the most beautiful from there. Between 1979 and 1991 Balatonboglár was merged with Balatonlelle and formed a single city together under the name Boglárlelle. The current city’s marina and the boat stop is named after Dezső Kaáli Nagy, the chief architect of Balaton’s boat stops. Near Balatonboglár, there are two exciting sights to see, a ball-shaped lookout, Gömbkilátó which has a breathtaking view to the Lake; and the Balaton Screw Steamer, the first of its kind that operated on the lake.
Similarly to the other wine regions around Balaton, such as the Balatonfelvidék on the other side, the Balatonboglár wine region is ideal for growing grapes because the warm summers and mild winters as well as the proximity of Lake Balaton. The Romans were the first to plant grapevines in the region over 2000 years ago. Although red wines are increasingly popular in the area, the Balatonboglár vine region is mostly known by its full bodied whites and champagne and the production of BB sparkling wines was started there in 1982 as well.