Throughout history Pécs has been an important stop along major trade routes. The Pécs wine region extends over the southern slopes of the Mecsek Mountains. This small, 1,300-hectare region has a Mediterranean climate with abundant sunshine during hot and dry summers followed by mild winters. The Mountains provide ample protection for the vineyards, making it possible to grow grapes at higher altitudes. The region produces quality red wines, even though its soil and climate may be better suited for growing white grapes. White wine production has decreased significantly over the past years.
Italian Riesling is the most common variety. Other varieties include Furmint, Chardonnay, Cirfandli (which is a speciality of Pécs), Hárslevelű, Muscat Ottonel, Királyleányka, Tramini and Rajnai Rizling. Pécs is also known for its champagne production.
The Pécs region is known for its whites, like Italian Riesling, Chardonnay and Cirfandli.
Wine Tourism & Sights
Pécs has a rich history of more than 2,000 years. The city is home to the largest early Christian burial chamber found outside Italy, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the world-famous Zsolnay ceramics and the largest Turkish ruins in Hungary. Pécs is a city of art and culture, filled with many museums and galleries. Read more about the city and its history: Pécs, Hungary's Borderless City.
Getting there from Budapest
Pécs is about a three-hour drive from Budapest. Highway M6 is the quickest route. Trains run from Budapest's Déli Station. Buses leave from the Népliget bus terminal.