Similar to the other wine regions around Lake Balaton, the region’s microclimate is determined by the proximity of the large body of water. Warm summers and mild, snowy winters create ideal growing conditions for the local vineyards along the south shore of Lake Balaton. Full bodied whites and champagne dominate in the Balatonboglár wine region, although red grapes, especially Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, have played an increasing role lately. The Romans were the first to plant grapevines in the region over 2000 years ago.
Olaszrizling (Italian Riesling) is the dominant grape of the region, followed by Chardonnay and Sárgamuskotály (Yellow Muscat).
Notable wines include: Chardonnay, Légli Olaszrizling, Boglári Tramini, Királyleányka and 'BB' champagnes.
Getting there from Budapest
By car Blatonboglár is a one-and-half-hour drive from Budapest. Take highway M7 until exit 143. Buses leave from the Népliget bus terminal. Trains leave from Budapest Déli Railway Station.