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Gál Tibor

The winery in the Hungarian region Eger was founded in 1993 by the Hungarian oenologist Tibor Gál (1958-2005) when he returned home after a long stay in Italy. The partners were Marchese Nicolo Incisa della Rochetta, the producer of the Sassicaia, as well as Burkard Bovensiepen, the owner of Alpina-BMW. From Gál, Incisa and Alpina resulted the company name "GIA". In 2002, following the departure of Alpina, the US company Kobrand Corporation (a shareholder in one of the largest US wine trading companies). Gál had his reputation as a top enologist and consultant acquired in Friuli, Piedmont and especially in Tuscany, where he was in the winery Ornellaia worked as a cellar master for several years. He was also instrumental in building the winery Capaia involved in South Africa, where he held a small stake. Here he died in February 2005 in a car accident. From a wine magazine Tibor Gál was called "flying Hungarian wine wizard".

When setting up his winery, he set himself the goal of reviving the winemaking tradition in Eger and combine it with the latest technologies and processes in winemaking. One focus of his work was the creation of an Egri Bikavér (Erlauer bull's blood ) new style plus classification as the first origin-protected wine of Hungary. He experimented with different Pinot Noir clones Burgundy and was able to create three hectares of pajados with a high density of 10,520 vines / hectare. Gál also played a leading role in the development of the Hungarian Wine Law in 2004. After his tragic death, it became a common goal of the family, colleagues and friends to preserve his professional and intellectual heritage. The company is run by wife Ibolya, as well as sons Tibor jun. and Zsombor continued.

The extensive basement consists of 15 areas connected by corridors. This is represented on the bottle label in the form of a formal labyrinth. The total property covers approximately 90 hectares, of which 51.5 hectares are planted with vines in, for example, the Gröber, Pajados and Síkhegy sites. These were only planted after extensive analyzes, taking into account climate, precipitation, number of hours of sunshine and soil conditions. 70% of the red wines Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon. kadarka, Kékfrankos ( Blaufränkisch ) Merlot. Pinot Noir and Syrah, as well as 30% of the white wine varieties Chardonnay. Leányka (Girl grape) and Viognier cultured. In addition, grapes from contract growers are also purchased. From this, traditional, Hungarian wines such as the already mentioned Egri Bikavér, as well as red and white wines of international style are produced in about 20 different brands.

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