Registration has opened for the 22nd annual Hungarian Wine Route Rally (Magyar Borok Útja Rallye), which will run from August 25-27. This year the rally will explore the wine regions of Sopron, Etyek and Pannonhalma, as well as the Austrian side of Lake Fertő.
While the car rally has been going for more than two decades, last year the organizers also introduced a two-wheeled version. The second instalment of the Motorcycle Wine Route Rally was organized during the Whitsun (Pentecost) weekend in order to explore the wine regions of Lake Balaton.
Cyclists had the opportunity to try out the newest Vespa GTS 300 models in spectacular colors, and to compete against each other over the weekend as they explored the Balaton wine regions, where they could also engage in business networking.
“We are planning to establish tradition, with the motorcycle rally following the previous year’s route of the wine route rally,” said Róbert Péter Megay, the president of the organizing committee. “I believe that sophisticated wine-loving Hungarians are committed to quality wines and their responsible consumption, therefore we have chosen cellars for the race that offer excellent quality wines, but are not very well-known in the local and foreign markets,” he added.
The two-wheel rally is now considered a prelude to the traditional four-wheel event in August. Like last year, Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér and Minister of Agriculture Sándor Fazekas are patrons of the main event.
The organizers say they pay special attention to safe driving; participants can only taste and drink wines in the evenings, when no driving takes place. To ensure maximum safety, all drivers are checked with a breathalyzer each morning before being allowed to sit in their vehicles.
“Those who set off in the morning should get home sound and safe in the evening,” said István Knezsik, the president of Auto Big Coalition. “Unfortunately, in the past years the ratio of people sitting behind the steering wheel after consuming alcohol has grown, and more stunning is that local data suggests that every tenth accident is caused by DUI. This is why I find it important to popularize responsible driving and drinking, for which the Motorcycle Wine Route Rally is a great opportunity,” he added.
Those who are interested in participating in the 22nd Hungarian Wine Route Rally, in exploring the wine regions of Hungary and promoting safe driving and drinking habits, registration is available via the official webpage: borokutja.hu/