The Szekszard wine region is one of the oldest red-wine growing areas of Hungary, with vines first established here over 2000 years ago. The most well-known grape of the region is Kadarka, but other grape varieties of the area include Cserszegi Fuszeres, Harslevelu, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Kekfrankos and Zweigelt.
The continental character of the climate is heavily influenced by the Danube river, as the large body of water reflects the sun’s rays and reduces any extremes of temperature. Summers are long and sunny here and the autumn boasts dry, warm weather, so grapes have plenty of time to ripen with a good quantity of sugar.
Therefore, with favourable weather conditions and fertile, loess soil, the only challenge for wine growers is low rainfall.
Kadarka provides a fantastic base for Szekszard’s most famous wine produce, the Szekszard Bikaver: Bull’s Blood of Szekszard.
Just like its namesake in Eger, the Szekszard Bikaver is a blend of beautifully harmonising red wines including Kekfrankos, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and of course Kadarka.
Szekszard’s Bull’s Blood was also granted protection of origin, which brought with it the accompanying strict regulations on winemaking, and resulting in exceptionally exciting, complex wines.
One thing is sure: A good bikaver is a gem of gastronomy at any festive meal. It shines best when paired with beef, big game dishes, and ripe cheeses.
We work closely with the Vesztergombi winery, a family winery with some 300 years of winemaking history in their veins, and stock their 2013 Bikaver, a wonderful vintage and highly enjoyable wine; as well as the Sebestyen winery, whose 2014 Bikaver is an easily drinkable yet spicy red - just the way the Szekszardians like it.
They are both available in our webshop, a sure bet on a chilly November evening, and also great value.
Source of featured image: szekszardborvidek.hu
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