The wine region is in the northeast Hungary near the border with Slovakia, Tokaj-Hegyalja, the area of the Tokay, It has a 1,000-year history of viticulture. There was a brief interruption due to the almost 100-year-old Turkish occupation from 1596. Eger is named after the town of the same name (Erlau) at the foot of the Bükk Mountains. There are extensive cellar facilities under the city. The area is mainly known for the red wine Erlauer bull's blood (Egri Bikavér) became famous. The vineyards on volcanic tuff soils cover around 6,000 hectares of vines in 20 communities. Eger is one of the driest and coolest wine growing areas with low precipitation summers and long winters.
The main red wine varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc. Merlot, Kékoporto ( Blue Portuguese ), Kékfrankos ( Blaufränkisch ) kadarka and Pinot Noir, the most important types of white wine Chardonnay. Hárslevelü (Linden), Leányka (Girl's cluster), Muskotály Ottonel ( Muscat Ottonel ), Olaszrizling ( Riesling ) and Tramini ( Gewurztraminer ). Well-known producers are Dula Bence, Egervin, Gál Lajos, Gal Tibor, Gróf Buttler, Hagymási József, Kaló Imre, Ostoros Bor, Pók Tamás, Thummerer Vilmos, St. Andrea and Vincze Béla.