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Egri Bikaver, new generation Bull’s Blood from Hungary | Britt on Forbes

It was some ten years ago since we were in Hungary. And then we went back recently. There has been a revolution in wine production in the mean time. We were thoroughly impressed by almost all of the wines we tasted in Budapest earlier this year.

Eger is, after Tokaj, the most famous wine region in Hungary. Here they make both red and white wine. It is mainly a red wine region though. Many people remember it since long ago as a source of hars and full-bodied Egri Bikaver, Bull’s Blood. Today these wines have reached a totally different quality level: often full-bodied, yes (but not always), but now with plenty of fruit, structure and balance.

In Britt’s latest article on Forbes, New Blood Revives Famous Hungarian Wine Egri Bikavér, she gives you some recommendation for a few outstanding producers of Egri Bikaver as well as other wines from Eger. Plus as a bonus an brand new restaurant and wine bar in Budapest that you should visit if you can.

Tibor Gal winery in Eger, underground tunnels with rows of barrels

Tibor Gal winery in Eger, underground tunnels with rows of barrels, copyright BKWine Photography

Here’s the introduction:

Hungary as a wine region has been around for quite some time. However, I doubt that the wines have ever been as good as they are today. Many people automatically think of Tokaj when Hungarian wine is discussed. Tokaj has always been the prestige region of Hungary, producing sweet wines of rare intensity. But dig a little deeper and you will find amazing dry whites and reds as well. Not least the amazing Egri Bikavér.

Bolyki Egri Bikaver

Bolyki Egri Bikaver, copyright BKWine Photography

Wherever you go in the Hungarian wine regions today, Tokaj or elsewhere, things have evolved enormously. Our first trip to Hungary was in 2004. We went to Tokaj and Eger and we tasted some very good wines. But now quality is first class. And the wines are also exciting for the wine lover who is tired of seeing the same grape varieties over and over again. You see these so called international varieties also in Hungary but you have many local grapes. Admittedly some of them hard to pronounce. But see it as a challenge. And you don’t always have to learn the name of the varieties, just the name of the wine, like Egri Bikavér, Bull’s Blood from Eger.

Read Britt’s full article on Forbes: New Blood Revives Famous Hungarian Wine Egri Bikavér.

Veronica Gal from the Tibor Gal Winery

Veronica Gal from the Tibor Gal Winery, copyright BKWine Photography

György Lőrincz Jr of the Saint Andrea Winery in Eger

György Lőrincz Jr of the Saint Andrea Winery in Eger, copyright BKWine Photography

The Thummerer winery in Eger with many bottles with ageing wine

The Thummerer winery in Eger with many bottles with ageing wine, copyright BKWine Photography

Thummerer Egri Bikaver Superior, Hungary

Thummerer Egri Bikaver Superior, Hungary, copyright BKWine Photography

Egri Bikavér Bolyki és Bolyki 2012 Superior

Egri Bikavér Bolyki és Bolyki 2012 Superior, copyright BKWine Photography

Tibor Gal Egri Bikaver Superior

Tibor Gal Egri Bikaver Superior, copyright BKWine Photography

Tibor Gal Titi, Eger

Tibor Gal Titi, Eger, copyright BKWine Photography

Tibor Gal Pinot Noir, Eger

Tibor Gal Pinot Noir, Eger, copyright BKWine Photography

The St. Andrea Wine & Gourmet Bar in Budapest

The St. Andrea Wine & Gourmet Bar in Budapest, copyright BKWine Photography

St Andrea Merengo Egri Bikaver

St Andrea Merengo Egri Bikaver, copyright BKWine Photography

St Andrea Aldas Egri Bikaver

St Andrea Aldas Egri Bikaver, copyright BKWine Photography

Thummerer winery in Eger with stainless steel fermentation tanks

Thummerer winery in Eger with stainless steel fermentation tanks, copyright BKWine Photography

Tibor Gal Egri Csillag

Tibor Gal Egri Csillag, copyright BKWine Photography

Thummerer winery in Eger

Thummerer winery in Eger, copyright BKWine Photography

Bolyki Meta Tema, Eger Hárslevelű

Bolyki Meta Tema, Eger Hárslevelű, copyright BKWine Photography

St Andrea Egri Bikaver Superior Hangacs

St Andrea Egri Bikaver Superior Hangacs, copyright BKWine Photography

Thummerer Eger Vili Papa Cuvee

Thummerer Eger Vili Papa Cuvee, copyright BKWine Photography

Thummerer Cabernet Franc, Hungary

Thummerer Cabernet Franc, Hungary, copyright BKWine Photography

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