Napa Valley-meets-Hollywood in the Hungarian countryside at Etyek. Located just 30-minutes outside of Budapest by car, the village is a tranquil oasis of vineyards and quaint houses, with the peace interrupted only by actors in the throws of filming a major movie. From sampling Hungarian wine grown in local vineyards, to exploring movie sets at Korda Studios, and our Hungaricum tour, here are our favourite things to do in Etyek.
Hungarian wine tasting
Etyek is at the heart of one of the youngest and fastest growing wine regions in Hungary. As such, it’s only natural that one of the most popular activities here is wine tasting. In Etyek, visitors are spoilt for choice with wineries that open their doors for tours and tastings. Located on the picturesque Öreghegy (Old Hill) is Hernyák, a family-run estate with eight hectares of vineyards growing grapes for still and sparkling wine, and Bačka fruits for fruit brandies. Another Old Hill favourite is Haraszthy, a winery producing award-winning wines using modern methods inspired by tradition. A place for true wine connoisseurs, here guests can indulge in tours and tastings where they can sample up to nine different wines at a time. Over on the ‘New Hill’, Rókusfalvy Winery produces a variety of predominantly white and rosé wines which guests can sip on while taking in stunning panoramic views of the Hungarian countryside from the terrace.
Besides wine, Etyek is known for its filmmaking industry. It’s home to Korda Studios, a film studios which has been used to produce scenes for a surprising array of movies and TV shows, including blockbusters like Blade Runner 2049, Inferno, The Martian, The Last Kingdom and Hellboy II. It has got three key backlots, New York, Renaissance and Medieval, as well as soundstages, water tanks, and much more. Korda Filmpark runs tours that give film enthusiasts an insight into the world of filmmaking through interactive exhibitions and activities such as set walks and a dramatic live stunt show. If you’re lucky, you may even meet a few stars.