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Living it up on the south shore - Kishegy picture gallery

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  • Kodaj Bálint

8/4/2015 7:05 PM

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 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: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

...the human population, that is.

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

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

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

This is where the 75-hectare Garamvári Vineyard begins.

Photo: Csongor Kiripolszky - We Love Balaton

Not your average backyard.

Photo: Csongor Kiripolszky - We Love Balaton

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

Photo: Csongor Kiripolszky - We Love Balaton

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

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Konyári Wine Cellar or a postcard from Tuscany?

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

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

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

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

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

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

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

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

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

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

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

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: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

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

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Scenic fields of golden wheat.

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Follow the sign for a great meal.

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

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: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

Photo: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

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: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

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: Sebestyén Blanka - We Love Balaton

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