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Living it up on the south shore - Kishegy picture gallery

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 — Bálint Kodaj

Kishegy, aka the Badacsony of the south shore with a peacefully undulating, Pinterest-worthy landscape, is a mere ten-minute car ride from the centre of Balatonlelle, offering everything you could wish for from wines, great food and a stunning Balaton panorama to undisturbed tranquillity.

Kishegy

8638 Balatonlelle, Kishegy telep

Kishegy is one of the epicentres of South Balaton winemaking for a reason. On your way here you can drop by Bujdosó Winery, and you'll find Garamvári Vineyard, Pócz WineryKonyári Wine Cellar and Konyári Guest House, as well as Majthényi Press House, also part of the Konyári fleet, on the hill, not to mention Hegyi Csárda, the non plus ultra of the genre. The Szabó family, the one that refills the milk vending machine, is also based here.

Kishegy idyll with old-school router. The photos say it all: the population is scarce…

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

...the human population, that is.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

Left or right? Kishegy is the kind of place where you shouldn’t mind getting lost.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

This is where the 75-hectare Garamvári Vineyard begins.

Photo: Csongor Kiripolszky/welovebalaton.hu

Not your average backyard.

Photo: Csongor Kiripolszky/welovebalaton.hu

The Garamvári team wants to set an example with this renegade wine press.

Photo: Csongor Kiripolszky/welovebalaton.hu

Hitchhikers by the road. They don't like paparazzi.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

Konyári Wine Cellar or a postcard from Tuscany?

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

We drank it all - at least we would have liked to.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

Benches like this are easy to find, but the trees are pretty exceptional.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

If asked in Szent Donát Chapel, even those would say yes who love their cats more than anything.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

The entrance of the press house. It opens at noon - why rush?

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

Such a view makes it hard to concentrate on the food.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

Okay, that's a lie. Even though the cuisine at Majthényi is not particularly innovative or creative, their simple dishes are delicious, the portions are filling, and while the prices are a bit higher due to the location, we didn't feel like pouring money down the drain.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

The more beautiful the view is, the faster the calories gobbled up at lunchtime burn.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

Scenic fields of golden wheat.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

Follow the sign for a great meal.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

Nothing is covered in breadcrumbs here, and fries are taboo as well. All ingredients are fresh and/or locally grown. The menu, which has about ten items, is dominated by Hungarian flavours.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu
Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

The drinks menu mainly features syrups; the only reason coke hasn't been banished is because German patrons like it. If only all csárdas were like this - even though Hegyi wouldn't be such a rare gem then.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

If the skies are clear, you can see all the way to Badacsony, and dinner is served with a side of an amazing sunset. See you soon, Kishegy - and not only on Pinterest.

Photo: Blanka Sebestyén/welovebalaton.hu

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