In a wine region autumn months are all about the harvest, but that doesn’t mean one should forget about events offering some relaxation. Musical, cultural and gastronomic programmes, wine tastings, merry festivals and serious professional events will add variety to this autumn.
25-26 November 2022.
Franc & Franc International Forum and Tasting Day
The first FRANC&FRANC international conference and tasting day was organized in 2015 as an event symbolizing the unity of Villány winemakers and it also hosted Cabernet Franc producers and their wines from the Loire region. Over the years, all the major European and New World Cabernet Franc producing regions had the opportunity to represent themselves at a professional event focusing on the variety, bringing together people who believe in Cabernet Franc and make varietal wines from it.
The most prestigious trade and public event in the Villány wine region this year takes a tour of the world, showcasing a wide spectrum of Cabernet Francs from outstanding wine regions. The theme of the event will also provide an opportunity to incorporate the experience and the presentation of the TOP wines of the Franc du Monde, a major wine competition that will be held for the first time in 2022, into the programme of the trade and the public day.
22 October 2022.
Rolling Through Harvest Vineyards
Roll through the beautiful landscapes of the Villány wine region, admire the vineyards in autumn colours and discover the traditional wine villages from Villány to Siklós. Delicious refreshments and snacks await you at each stop.
Choose from three routes (17 km, 20 km, 30 km) and experience the wine country atmosphere at each stop. Stops to visit: 10:00 – 17:00, do it at your own pace, in the order of the stops.
30 September – 2 October 2022.
VILLÁNY RED WINE FESTIVAL
The Red Wine Festival is the biggest gastronomic festival of the Villány wine region. For three days, from Friday to Sunday, events will take place from the wine cellars to the Event Square, where, in addition to various musical performances, folk shows and the harvest parade, cultural and gastronomic delights await the visitors. Of course, the best wines of the region are also on offer for visitors to taste.
The Villány Red Wine Festival is not only the biggest celebration of wine culture, wineries and quality red wines, but its family programmes and activities for young and old alike have made it one of the region’s most important tourist events over the past decade.
23-25 September 2022.
THE 11th EDITION OF THE VILLÁNY PREMIUM WINE TASTING AND THE 26th EDITION OF THE EUROPEAN WINE SONG FESTIVAL
The 26th European Wine Song Festival will take place between 23-25 September, and will feature the Béla Bartók Male Choir as hosts, the Zoltán Vásárhelyi Male Choir from Budapest, the Sängerrunde Kritzendorf from Austria, the Albino Bonavita Male Choir from Italy, the Pécs Symphonietta, the Zengő Ensemble, the Misina Folk Dance Ensemble and the Pécsi Ércbányász Concert Wind Orchestra. The star guests of the event, which is in its 29th year, will be the Simándy Prize-winning tenor and soloist of the Hungarian State Opera House, István Horváth, the soprano, Kinga Kriszta, and the baritone, Szabolcs Bognár.
On the first day of the three-day event, 23 September, the Villány Wine Region welcomes the performers. At 18:00, the bands will perform at the Wine Songs of Nations programme on Diófás Square, followed by cellar concerts in the villages of the Villány-Siklós Wine Route from 19:00. The Vásárhelyi Zoltán Male Choir will perform at 19:00 in the Attila Gere Old Cellar, and admission to the event is free!
On Saturday, the Pécs audience can also hear the singers at a gala concert at the Kodály Centre. In the first half of the concert, the festival performers will entertain the audience with wine songs, and in the second half, the audience will hear the premiere of Sándor Balatoni’s Carmina Vinorum, a “Wine Oratorio” featuring the Béla Bartók Male Choir, the Pécs Symphonietta and Szabolcs Bognár.
The gala will be preceded by the 11th Villány Premium Wine Tasting. This year, ten Villány wineries will present their best wines in the lobby of the Kodály Centre: Bock Winery, Csányi Winery, Attila Gere Winery, Tamás and Zsolt Gere Winery, Csaba Koch, VinArt Winery, Róbert Maczkó Winery, Mokos Cellars, Sauska Winery and the Villány REDy Association stand.