Wine & Gastronomy of Eger in Szépasszony Valley


In service of taste buds

In the two 1st class restaurants of Hotel Villa Völgy **** guests can taste the typical regional Hungarian dishes, international cuisine, and real gastronomic specialties as well. Our air-conditioned main restaurant oriented to the regional character welcomes 180 guests, while the semi-open terrace is suitable for 100 guests, making it a great opportunity for weddings, banquets, meetings, for which we provide live music as well.

The beautiful green area is perfect place for a BBQ party to be organized as well. Suitable for up to 60 guests, the hotel has its own private, nicely crafted wine cellar, where traditional wine tasting dinner and precious nectars of the region welcome our guests coming in groups. Located in the hotel's main building, our newly renovated 70 seated design restaurant shows today’s fashionable minimal style both in shape and color.

Our I. category restaurant offers primarily the standards of the Hungarian cuisine in modern schooling, with the wide selection of the dishes on the menu we strive to satisfy those as well, who wish to taste the basic flavours of the world’s great cuisines as well.

Summer wine tasting in our traditional wine cellar

pinceFrom June until the end of August, everyday between 6 PM and 10 PM we’re waiting our guests with traditional Hungarian foods and wines in the Hotel’s wine cellar.
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Taste the famous Eger wine in Szápasszony Valley!

Legend has it that in the 16th century István Dobó fortified his badly outnumbered soldiers (fewer than 2,000 versus 20,000) with red wine while they successfully defended Eger against the Turkish siege. When the Ottomans saw the red-stained beards, rumors circulated that the Hungarians were drinking bull's blood to attain their strength. Thus, the name of the region's most famous red wine, Egri Bikavér (Bull's Blood of Eger), came to be.

Szépasszony Valley, with many cellars, has been connected with the fame of Eger wines for centuries. The name of the valley is lost in time, but some people believe that "Szépasszony" (beautiful woman) was a goddess of a pre-historic religion, similar to Venus (the goddess of love). Sacrifices were offered to her at this location. Farmers speak of a famously beautiful woman who used to sell Eger wine in one of the cellars. According to others, the valley was named after one of the beautiful ladies of a noble villa. The origin of the name, as well as the time the first cellars were initially constructed, is lost in history.
The gem of Szépasszony Valley are the hundreds-year-old cellars that have been carved into the several hundred-meter thick rolite tufa. This material can be formed perfectly, and can permanently maintain wine at a temperature of 10-15°C (50-59°F). Varying amounts of mosses and noble mold found in the cellars give each cellar a unique atmosphere, and help the mellowing of the wine and the formation of its fragrance.

We can arrange tailored wine tasting tours or offer guests help and advice in order to plan their own wine tasting tour, whether it be just a visit to local wine cellars or a tour of award winning wine producers' production facilities with a meal included, just ask and we can make it happen.