Eger Wine Region

The Eger wine region is one of Hungary’s historic wine regions, which is situated in Hungary’s North-East side    on the southern slopes of the Bükk Mountain, in Heves County, however some parts extend all the way to the area of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén county. Still today, out of the total area of 22,160 acres (18,302 acres are First Class) about 6,000 acres are vineyards.  The region is named after the center, Eger, which history of grape culture and wine making goes back to nearly 1,000 years. In the 16th century the viticulture and the wine trade became dominant in this area.  Although after the Turkish occupation and the castle’s fall in 1596 the winemaking suffered a setback, it didn’t get eliminated. Back then, white wine making was more common. The technology how to make red wine on fermented skins and the ‘kadarka’ grape varieties were introduced and brought by the Serbs fleeing from the Turks. Bit by bit, the red wine grape varieties accomplished more and more fields, while white wine grape production got suppressed. Eger has one of the driest and coolest climates in the wine regions of the country, as it is protected on the north side by the Bükk Mountain range from the cold air flows.

In regards of the grape varieties, Eger is a very diverse wine region. The explanation of that lies within the town’s history, as well as its consumer trends in different time periods. The grapes that are most typically planted, as they produce top quality wines are the white grapes for Riesling, Chardonnay, Lipovina and Eger’s Maiden as well as blue grapes, to make Blue-Frankish, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Kadarka.  The region's most famous wine is the Bull’s Blood of Eger, which is a blend of a variety of grapes.  It is characteristically full-bodied, with moderate tannins and plenty of acidity. Before the Kadarka grapes acted as the backbone to the other flavours of the wine, but nowadays the grapes from Blue-Frankish, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Eger’s other authorized grape varieties dominate the flavour. The KERN Winery’s aim is to cater for the wine lovers who are fond of the old ways’ blending as well as for those in favour of the recent trends.