2022 F.I.C.B. International Wine Tasting and Rating Challenge
By Pannonia Wine Sisterhood

Budapest / Eger / Tokaj
June 2 – 7, 2022

Welcome to Hungary

Dear Friends,

it is my greatest pleasure to invite you on behalf of the Pannonia Wine Sisterhood to the 2022 F. I. C. B. International Wine Tasting and Rating Challenge in Hungary.

The Pannonia Wine Sisterhood is delighted to host this outstanding event in Budapest and in two historic Hungarian wine regions, Eger and Tokaj as the extension program.

We will introduce you to „La crème de La crème” of the Tokaj winemakers and their most prestigious wines, called King of the Wines,
Wine of the Kings.

Please save the dates: June 2-5, 2022 for the main program and June 5-7, 2022 for the extension program.

In addition to beautiful historic cities and wine regions, you will be pampered by superb gastronomic, wine and touristic programs including individual blind tasting competition and a collective rating of all the wines served during the event. We have chosen two great hotels for your accommodation.

The rules for the 2022. F. I. C. B. Wine tasting and Rating Challenge remain the same as in Finland and will be shown on the F.I.C.B. website.

Looking forward to your visit and Cheers to a great program,

Ildiko Koncz Grand Master and the Ladies of the Pannonia Wine Sisterhood

Budapest, July 30, 2021

Itinerary – Main program Budapest

Thursday, June 2, 2022 Friday, June 3, 2022 Saturday, June 4, 2022

Arrival in Budapest, meet & greet at the airport by the Pannonia Wine Sisterhood

Transfer to Hotel Radisson Blu Beke

Check-in at the hotel

09:00-10:30 Individual Blind tasting at the hotel

11.00 Leave for your coach tour: “Rendez-vous with Budapest” covering the most important sights of the twin city Buda and Pest (Castle Area, Heroes’ Square, Andrassy avenue, State Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Margaret island and the bridges of Budapest)

09:00-10:30 Individual Blind tasting at the hotel

11:00 Leave for Etyek, called Budapest’s wine gardens

12:00 Visit to the wine village Etyek with its historic wine cellars, meet the wine makers

Lunch on own

13:00-15:00 Lunch at Restaurant Felix
Second collective wine rating

13:00 Lunch and Fourth collective wine rating at Etyeki Manor Vineyard

Time at leisure

18:00-18:45 Welcome reception hosted by the Pannonia Wine Sisterhood

15:15 Enthronization Ceremony by the Pannonia Wine Sisterhood

16:00-18:00 Time at leisure (our suggestions: Visit to the National Gallery and the former Royal Castle’s courtyards, Visit to the Great Market Hall, Shopping in the Vaci street or just relax)

15:00 Transfer back to Budapest

16:00 Time at leisure (our suggestions: Szechenyi thermal bath, Stroll around the hotel, or just relax)

19:00 Dinner at the hotel - First collective wine rating

18:45 Transfer to the downtown pier, to board Boat Budapest and have the Third collective wine rating aboard with dinner

19:00 Gala dinner at the Hotel, Fifth collective wine rating, Award ceremony, dancing, party

Itinerary - Extension program Eger / Tokaj

Sunday, June 5, 2022 Monday, June 6, 2022 Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Sparkling Farewell breakfast at the hotel, check out

09:30 Transfer to the airport or

09:30 Leave for Tokaj via Eger

Start of the extension program

09:30 Leave for your special Tokaj discovery tour

Visit to Grand Tokaj Winery (5 million bottles per year)

Visit to Oremus Winery (Vega Sicilia) A real jewel of Tokaj

Check-out

9:00 Transfer to Budapest airport and the downtown by coach

From 14:00 Departure from Budapest Airport

11:30 Short walk in the downtown of Eger, incl. the Cathedral, Dobo square, Lyceum, followed by Wine Lunch at Fuzio at 13:00

Visit to the Wine cellar of Tibor Gal – a name in Eger – as famous as the Castle itself

Taste the Winery’s award winning red wines

13:00 Lunch at First Mad Wine House

Meet the Winemakers of the region and taste their fantastic wines

15:00 Leave for Tokaj

17:00 Check-in at the Andrassy Manor and Spa

15:30 Transfer back to the hotel

16:00 Time at leisure, enjoy the spa

18:30 Short walk to the Wine Research Institute to hear about the wine region and the world-known Tokaji ASZU method

Dinner composed to the lady wine makers’ wines of Tokaj Enthronization by the Tokaj Wine Brotherhood

19:00 Farewell Dinner at the Andrassy Manor and Spa

Enjoy the unforgettable wines of the Szepsy Winery

Why Budapest? There are a few reasons!

  • Three UNESCO World Heritage sites & the continental Europe’s oldest metro line
  • Breathtakingly beautiful
  • Romantic, safe and walkable
  • Long and rich history, more than 40 theaters and over 100 museums & galleries
  • Unbeatable venues and gastronomy
  • City of thermal springs, spas and activities
  • Perfect weather from April to October
  • The “capital of inventions”: Rubik’s cube, helicopter, ballpoint pen, holography, Ford model T were all invented here
  • It is where the words “hallo” and ”coach” come from
  • The master of escapology, Harry Houdini and Judit Polgar, greatest female chess champion were born here
  • Home to the third largest Parliament and second largest Synagogue in the world
  • European Best Destination 2019 according to the European Best Destinations contest

Easy accessible...

  • Budapest is connected with more than 134 destinations across 50+ countries by 45 airlines, e.g.
  • Paris – Budapest approx. 2 hours flight
  • London – Budapest approx. 2 hours flight
  • Montreal – Budapest approx. 8 hours flight
  • new York – Budapest approx. 8.5 hours flight
  • Chicago – Budapest approx. 9 hours flight
  • Los Angeles – Budapest approx. 12 hours flight
  • There are two terminals at Liszt Ferenc airport, terminal 2A and terminal 2B.
  • The average duration from aircraft landing until luggage collection is approximately 20-30 minutes.
  • Walk only 2 – 3 minutes from the arrival hall to the parking lots for cars, minivans and coaches.
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotels in the center of the city takes approx. 40-45 minutes.
  • Further details area available online: https://www.bud.hu/en

Your hotel in Budapest
Radisson Blu Béke Hotel

Historical atmosphere with modern comfort

Location

Located in Budapest City Centre on the Grand Boulevard, just 10 minutes drive from the city centre

Rating 4 star superior
Total No. of bedrooms in hotel 239 rooms & 8 suites
Total No. of bedrooms offered 50 Double rooms
Fittness/leisure Indoor swimming pool and sauna
Dates available 2-5 June 2022
Booking status Booked

Thursday, June 2, 2022 – WELCOME to Budapest

Arrival at the airport
You will be greeted by members of the Pannonia Wine Sisterhood
Transfer to the hotel
Transfer time is approximately 40 minutes
Check in at the hotel
14:00-18:00 Registration desk will be open at the lobby
18:00-18:45 Welcome reception offered by the Pannonia Wine Sisterhood at the hotel: Venice, Romeo and Juliet rooms
19:00-21:00 Welcome dinner at Shakespeare room
First collective wine rating

Dress code for the evening: smart casual

Friday, June 3, 2022 – Enjoy Budapest

07:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel
09:00-10:30 Individual Blind tasting at the hotel at Zsolnay II room
11:00-13:00 Rendez-vous with Budapest - city tour by coach and walk

This tour gives you an exciting opportunity to learn as much as possible about Budapest, spiced up with some great views.
The tour starts on the Pest side where the dramatic history of Hungary literally comes to life with the help of the Seven Chieftains at Heroes Square.
The banks of the Danube, the Parliament, the Saint Stephen’ Cathedral and Andrassy avenue are not to miss.
Take a stroll in the Castle district – a UNESCO World Heritage site – visiting its most precious jewels, Mathias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion

13:00-15:00 Lunch at Restaurant Felix on the Buda side, overlooking the Danube

Second collective wine rating

15:15 Enthronization ceremony by the Pannonia Wine Sisterhood
16:00 Return to the hotel or time at leisure (Castle area, Market hall, shopping)
18:45 Meet at the lobby for your coach transfer for the evening program
19:00 Dinner cruise on the Danube
Third collective wine rating
During our cruise you will see the illuminated former Royal Palace, the Castle area, Gellert hill, Margaret island, Palace of Arts, National Theatre and of course the Parliament and the beautiful bridges of the capital

Dress code for the day: casual, comfortable walking shoes
Dress code for the evening: smart casual

Dinner Cruise with the Third Collective Wine Tasting

Friday, June 3, 2022 19:00-22:00

BOAT BUDAPEST

Capacity

100 guests

Cocktails will be served on the lower deck

Dinner will be offered on the upper deck

Details

Magnificent evening views of illuminated bridges and stately buildings create the backdrop for our dinner while cruising the scenic Danube

Pass by the Gellért Hill, the famous Gellért Bath and Hotel, the Technical University and the Market Hall with the University of Economics, the Castle District, the Buda Hills, the Parliament and the Margaret Island

Magnificent views from our boat

Saturday, June 4, 2022 – Enjoy Etyek, wine gardens of Budapest

07:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel
09:00-10:30 Individual Blind tasting at Zsolnay II room
11:00 Leave for Etyek
After a 45 minute drive arrive in this charming wine village, where we will offer you a short walk among historic wine cellars with tasting
Meet Etyek’s famous winemakers and enjoy their wines, visit their wine cellars
13:00 - 15:00 Lunch at Etyek Kuria Vineyard
Fourth Collective Wine rating
15:00 Return to the hotel
16:00 - 19:00 Time at leisure (Visit to Szechenyi Bath or Stroll around the hotel)
19:00 Gala dinner at the Hotel, Shakespeare and Juliet room
Fifth collective wine rating
Award ceremony, dancing, party
Enjoy Etyek, wine gardens of Budapest
Enjoy Etyek, wine gardens of Budapest
Enjoy Etyek, wine gardens of Budapest

Dress code for the day: casual, comfortable walking shoes
Dress code for the evening: evening attire

Sunday, June 5, 2022 – Farewell to Budapest, Welcome to the extension program

07:00-09:00 Sparkling Farewell Breakfast at the hotel
09:30 Leave for the airport or
09:30 Leave for the Extension Program by coach
11:30 Arrival in Eger, get acquainted with this beautiful baroque city, see Hungary’s second largest Cathedral, stroll around Dobo Square, the Lyceum and recall the famous story of Eger Castle and that of the Minaret
13:00 Lunch at Fuzio, a combination of a wine cellar and a bistro by the very famous Gal Tibor Winery
We would not miss the award winning red wines of the Winery including two special blends, Stars of Eger and the Bull’s blood, both fantasy names to remember the history of Eger
15:00 Transfer to Tokaj
17:00 Check in at the Andrassy Manor and Spa, a gorgeous five star property of the region
18:30 Short walk to the classical building of the Wine Research Institute to get first hand information about the entire wine region – which was awarded the very first official wine region of the world, that boasted wine production in the 5th century already.
Learn how to make the best ASZU wines of the world.
Enjoy a great dinner composed to the wines of the Lady Wine makers of the area. Enthronization by the Tokaj Wine Brotherhood
21:30 5 minute walk back to the hotel

Dress code for the day: casual, comfortable walking shoes
Dress code for the evening: smart casual

Farewell to Budapest, Welcome to the extension program
Farewell to Budapest, Welcome to the extension program

Our Hotel in Tokaj
Andrassy Kuria and Spa

Classic, historic, hunting lodge atmosphere with excellent spa facilities

Location

Downtown Tarcal, in Tokaj wine region

Rating 5 star superior
Total No. of bedrooms in hotel 52 rooms
Total No. of bedrooms offered 30 Double rooms/suites
Fittness/leisure Spa & massage
Dates available 5-7 June 2022
Booking status Booked

Monday, June 6, 2022 – Our Tokaj Day

07:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel
09:30 Transfer to Tokaj
11:00-13:00 Get acquainted with our most famous wine region, Tokaj.
Visit two totally different Wineries, listen to their stories, taste the wines, called Kings of the Wines, Wines of the Kings…
Our first stop is Grand Tokaj, the largest Winery of the region, with a production of 5 million bottles per year. An impressive view to look at the huge wine tanks and bottling production line
The second one to visit is the opposite in style, Winery Oremus, a real jewel of Tolcsva, owned by Vega Sicilia
13:00-15:30 Lunch at the First Mad Wine House restaurant
Meet the winemakers of this very famous settlement, Mad and taste their excellent wines
15:30 Transfer back to our hotel in Tarcal
16:00 Time at leisure, enjoy the beautiful spa of our hotel
19:00 Farewell dinner at the hotel, complemented with the wines of Szepsy Winery
Unforgettable wines and a great dinner to say Goodbye

Dress code for the day: casual, comfortable walking shoes
Dress code for the evening: smart casual

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 – Farewell to Hungary

08:00-10:00 Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 Leave for the airport in Budapest
12:30 Arrive at the airport
13:00 Arrive at downtown Budapest (in case of staying longer in Budapest)

Please note, transfer time from Eger Tokaj to the airport takes approx. 3,5 hours
Please allow 1,5 hours for European flights’ check-in and 2 hours for oversee flight’s check-in.
Please book your flight departing after 14:00

Have a safe flight, thanks for coming to Hungary!

Registration – Participation Fee

2022 F.I.C.B. International Wine Tasting and Rating Challenge, Budapest – Main program - June 2-5, 2022

Hotel Radisson Blu Béke****

Accommodation based in double Superior room Single Superior room accommodation
EUR 1.100,- per person in a Superior double room EUR 1.295,- per person in a Superior single room
EUR 90,- surcharge for Premium room for 3 nights EUR 90,- surcharge for Premium room for 3 nights
EUR 210,- surcharge for a Suite for 3 nights EUR 210,- surcharge for a Suite for 3 nights
Enthronement of the Pannonia Wine Sisterhood. One member per Wine Brotherhood is complimentary EUR 150 per person

2022 F.I.C.B. International Wine Tasting and Rating Challenge, Tokaj – Extension program - June 5-7, 2022

Andrassy Manor and Spa*****

Accommodation based in double Superior room Single Superior room accommodation
EUR 800,- per person in a Superior double room EUR 970,- per person in a Superior single room
EUR 200,- surcharge for a Premium suite for 2 nights EUR 200,- surcharge for a Premium Suite for 2 nights
Enthronement of the Tokaj Wine Brotherhood (optional) EUR 150 per person
Enthronement of the Pannonia Wine Sisterhood. One member per Wine Brotherhood is complimentary EUR 150 per person

Above costs include accommodation, transfers, meals, tours as outlined in the program. Please indicate on the registration form if you need a twin room (two separate beds)

Registration – General Conditions

Rules for the 2022 F.I.C.B. International Wine Tasting and Rating Challenge – please click here
Supply of wines: Detailed information will be sent at a later stage
Please consider 18 bottles of wine per type for the collective rating
Registration is open until November 30, 2021
Registration form: please see our separate document

(Space will be limited due to venue sizes and registrations will be accepted in the order that registrations are received)

Registration deposit of EUR 300,- per person is due not later than November 30, 2021
final payment is due not later than January 31, 2022

By credit card or Bank transfer, for details please refer to the Registration form

Cancellation policy

Cancellation by 15 February 2022 75% refund of full payment minus EUR 100,- processing fee per person
Cancellation by 15 March 2022 50% refund of full payment minus EUR 100,- processing fee per person
Cancellation after 15 March 2022 no refund

Any cancellation must be confirmed in writing by the person who made the original booking
Any costs incurred to collect or refund monies owed will be the sole financial responsibility of the registrant

In case of force majeure, travel restrictions by WHO or the respective country: full refund minus EUR 100,- per person processing fee.

Information

The Ladies of the Pannonia Wine Sisterhood are very much looking forward to your participation.

Our registration website will be open as of July 30, 2021.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Ildiko Keményné Koncz
Grand Master of Pannonia Wine Sisterhood

Mobile: +36 70 675 5253
E-mail: ikoncz55@gmail.com

IMS Budapest, Eva Makai
Ambassador of Pannonia Wine Sisterhood

Mobile: +36 30 952 6625
E-mail: eva.makai@ims-budapest.hu

SEE YOU IN HUNGARY!
EGÉSZSÉGEDRE!