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Vinotherapy centre opens in Hungary

A new vinotherapy spa centre has opened in the world heritage-listed Tokaj wine region in Hungary.

The spa, based at the four-star Andrássy Kúria Hotel, is designed to cash in on a new tourism trend of combining spa treatment and wine.

So-called vinotherapy is believed to have emerged in 1999 when the first centre opened in Bordeaux, France.

Located in Tarcal in the Tokaj foothills, around a two-and-a-half hour drive from Budapest, the hotel features 38 elegant rooms, two junior suites and a presidential suite.

The fully-operational winery provides tasting and cellar visits, with opportunities for guests to take part in grape harvests and learn all about wine-making, set against a backdrop of 35 hectares of vineyards.

Promoters describe the winery as “a great place to visit for both novice and professional wine connoisseurs”.

According to www.wines.com, Tokaj is blessed with an “ideal climate for winemaking”, and is unique because of the underlying soil conditions, stone-carved cellars and hundreds of years of wine growing tradition in the area.

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