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bull's blood

The red wine, also known as “Erlauer bull blood” or Hungarian “Egri Bikavér”, is the best-known from the wine-growing region Eger (German Erlau). The name "Bikáver" (bull blood) is also allowed in the wine-growing region Szekszárd be used. According to legend, the name comes from the 16th century when the Turks besieged the city of Eger. To defend themselves, the defenders drank in abundance of red wine so that their beards and clothes were colored red. The Turks then fled because they assumed that the opponents were drinking bull blood. The wine is blended in various ways using the varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Kadarka, Kékfrankos ( Blaufränkisch ), Kékoporto (Blauer Portugieser), Kékburgundi (Blauburgunder), Merlot and also small portions of Lunel (Muscat Blanc). It used to be the main variety kadarka which is only used in parts today. There are different versions, the cuvée and the type of expansion is up to the winemaker. After a long expansion period, strong wines emerge that live up to the name. The famous oenologist Tibor Gál (1958-2005) played a major role in creating an Egri Bikavér of new style and this as the first protected wine in Hungary to declare.

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