The Ászár-Neszmély region lies in the north of Hungary on the slopes of the Gerecse Hills along the banks of the Danube. Its northern location and proximity to the river mean cooler than average temperatures with higher humidity levels creating the perfect climate for producing flavorful, light and fresh white wines with rich aroma. The first grapevines were planted by the Romans, but the viticulture really started to flourish during the middle ages. Under Turkish rule, the decline of the local population meant the end of the vineyards. After the defeat of the Turks, wine production in the region witnessed a boom once again, regaining the fame it once enjoyed by the second half of the 19th century to the time when the noble family of the Eszterházy had vineyards here.
Ászár-Neszmély produces excellent white wines. Their Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Olaszrizling (Italian Riesling) are widely available in stores and restaurants. These wines are also gaining recognition in Western Europe due to growing exports.
Chardonnay is grown largely, followed by Pinot Gris and Ezerjó.
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Olaszrizling (Italian Riesling), Cserszegi Fűszeres and Irsai Olivér
Hilltop and Szöllősi
With its proximity to Budapest, beautiful vistas of the Danube and impressive wines the Ászár-Neszmély region makes a great day trip.
Getting there from Budapest
Neszmély is about a one-hour drive from Budapest. Take highway M1 to exit 67 towards Tata. Continue on route 1 to Neszmély. Buses leave from the Árpád híd bus terminal and the ride takes one and a half hours.