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The Eger wine region is located on the Southern slopes of the Bükk Mountains in  the North-East of Hungary around the town of Eger. Wine production in this area reaches back more than 1,000 years. The region  is famous for elegant reds, especially Egri Bikavér (Bulls Blood), that have an elegance and complexity that has drawn comparisons with Burgundy. 
Climate: a characteristic feature of the climate is that spring comes relatively late and the climate is of a dry nature
Soil: Black coloured riolite, formed on the hill-sides and hill-slopes, mostly on Miocene-age riolite tufa, as well as clay slate and riolite, poor in lime, brown soils, clay-infused soil, brown forest soils, etc.
White grapes: Leányka, Királyleányka, Hárslevelű, Olaszrizling  (Wälschriesling), Muskotály, Tramini, Szürkebarát (Pinot Gris) and Chardonnay 
Red grapes: Kékfrankos, Blauburger, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir

The Eger region lies mid-way between the capital city of Budapest and the Tokaji region.Eger is both the name of this region and of its provincial capital city. The city is a historically important centre, and a remains a very beautiful one. An 11th century castle, cathedral and various splendid churches combine with an historic 'old town' of narrow, winding streets, craft shops and restaurants.

Wine has been made in Eger for over 1,000 years, with some cellars over 400 years old. Indeed the wine cellars of the Eger region are fascinating in their own right, most of them carved from solid 'Tufa' rock, with some entire wineries hewn from Tufa cliff faces as a mass of subterranean tunnels and large caverns. 

Undoubtedly Eger's most famous wine is Bikavér, or 'Bull's Blood', which takes its name from a 16th century legend: 2,000 Hungarian soldiers withstood a month-long siege of the fortress at Eger by 150,000 invading Turkish troops. As food ran out, wine cellars were opened for the Hungarian troops in the hope that wine would give them strength. On seeing the red wine-stained beards and armour of the troops, word spread amongst the invading Turks that they were drinking the blood of bulls to make them invincible. Soon the siege by the demoralised Turks was broken. 

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Eger is the biggest wine region in Hungary, and of course Bull's Blood its most popular wine. A lot like Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône Valley, many grapes are permitted in Bull's Blood. Eleven varieties can be mixed freely, but regulations state that Bull's Blood must contain at least three different varieties, and no single variety can account for more than 50% of the blend. Permitted Bull's Blood grapes include Kékfrankos (synonymous with Austria's Blaufränkisch), Kadarka, Médoc Noir (Merlot) and Cabernet Sauvignon.

These varieties turn up in other Eger red wines, as do Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Portugieser, Zweigelt and Pinot Noir. For white wines, the popular Leányka is joined by Grüner Veltliner (known locally as Zöldveltelini), Irsai Oliver, Welschriesling and Tokaji's Furmint and Hárslevelu, making both sweet and dry styles.

The wines of Eger

Bull's Blood has both positive and negative connotations for Western wine drinkers. The cheap plonk of many a student party in the 70s and 80s, even that mass-produced stuff had a certain rough and ready appeal. But Eger too has been revitalised under private ownership since communism fell in 1989, and at least some of today's Bull's Blood makers are trying to produce something altogether more serious, both as Bull's Blood and as varietal and other blended wines. 

These include producers like St Andrea Cellar, amongst whose range (left) is a Bull's Blood called Merengo, ambitiously pitched as an 'icon wine', selling for 40 Euros locally, and being offered 'en primeur'. 


Gál Tibor

The rebuilding has started - We are proud of our past and would like to be proud of our future…


Simon

The secret of a good wine? You have to give him the due respect. 

Simon József has worked in the wine business since 1977 and through his work for the Eger TSZ knows the secrets and particularities of each terrior of the Eger region. He established his own winery in 1992.  The current size of his plantation is 60 ha, of which he owns 30 ha himself.  He was awarded the recognition as Hungarian Winery of the Year 2003.
Website: www.simonbor.com
Simon Wines: Egri Bikavér 2009, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

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North-East of Villány, Szekszárd is pushing its rival hard for the crown of best producer of Hungarian reds. The region is known for full-bodied reds, with a bit of spice. Szekszárd, along with Eger, is one of the two regions to produce the Bikavér blend wines. Bordeaux varietals play a key role here, but the region has also made a name for itself with its Kékfrankos.
Climate: temperate continental with mild winters and (increasingly) hot summers
Soil: large proportion of soils is formed on loess or loess-like deposits, however, a small proportion formed on floods and Pleistocen sand 
White grapes: Olaszrizling, Chardonnay and Veltelini 
Red grapes: Kékfrankos, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zweigelt, Kadarka 

  
Discover our Wines from Szekszárd Region  


Takler Winery

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The Takler family has grown grapes and produced wine in the Szekszárd region since the 17th century. The current family firm was founded in 1987 and is now headed by Takler Ferenc and his two sons Ferenc Jr. and András. The total plantation area today is 62 ha and the production is of 600,000 bottles yearly. The Takler Winery was named Hungarian Winemaker of the Year 2004.
Website: www.takler.com 
Takler Wine: Cabernet Franc Reserve 2007


Heimann Family Winery

Grapes and wines are such an ancient gift of nature which radiate the joy of man

The Heimann family has been growing grapes in vineyards around Szekszárd and producing wine in the 10th generation now since 1758. The current family firm was established in 1990 and is managed by Heimann Zoltán. The next generation of winemakers is already waiting in the wings: Zoltán Jr. has completed his viticulture studies in Germany and is now learning the trade at various wineries worldwide.
Website: www.heimann.hu 
Heimann Wine: Barbár 2009 (blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Kékfrankos)   

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The region Villány-Siklós is Hungary’s most southerly and hottest wine region.

It produces robust, full-bodied, spicy reds, often compared to those of Bordeaux.
Climate: the area is situated in the warm, moderately humid climate zone, spring comes early and grapes ripen in more sunshine than anywhere else in Hungary
Soil: hills primarily built of limestone, all soils are either neutral or slightly alkaline. This layer can be topped by soils which are loess with lime content or clay. The vines are almost exclusively grown on soils which are hard but have good water holding capacity.
White grapes: Olaszrizling (Wälschriesling), Rizling (White Riesling), Chardonnay, Hárslevelü, Zöldveltelini, Fűszeres Tramini, Szürkebarát (Pinot Gris), Muscat Ottonel, Királyleányka
Red grapes: Portugieser/Kékoportó, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Kékfrankos, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, Syrah, Kadarka

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Discover our Wines from Villány Region  


Vylyan: 

"Like the vines themselves, hard work also bears its fruit…"  

The Vylyan winery was established in 1992 with first wines entering the market in 1997. The name of the winery is derived from the name “Vylyan” used for “Villány” in a 15th century manuscript. The founder, Debreczeni Pál, aimed to set up a trendsetting winery that would stand its in own in international circles of winemaking. Their total plantation area today is 125 ha. Vylyan was named  Hungarian Winery of the Year 2008. 
Website: www.vylyan.hu  
Vylyan Wines:  Duennium 2006 (blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon), 


Wunderlich: 

The world of flavors is like music: the final whole is composed of the combination of many layers and is in the end more than the simple sum of its parts.    

The Wunderlich Winery was founded in 2004 by Wunderlich Alajos. The Wunderlich Wine Cellars mix the best 21st  century wine technologies with traditional methods. Their total plantation area today is 150 ha and they have an output capacity of 250,000 bottles and a bottle-ageing capacity of 480,000 bottles / year.
Website: www.wunderlich.hu 
Wunderlich Wine: Viktória 2006 (blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot)