Kadarka is making somewhat of a comeback. While healthy plantings exist in Bulgaria and Romania, it is in a sharp decline in neighboring Hungary where it used to be an important constituent of the most popular red cuvée Bull’s Blood of Eger or Szekszárd. Kadarka is a perfect spring/summer red as it is light bodied, aromatic and displays a crisp, mouthwatering finish. If you are seeking an alternative to Beaujolais, this is the wine for you. These wines are meant to be enjoyed young, and it is best served with a slight chill.
After WWI, Hungary lost around 71% of its territory to Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia, Yugoslavia and Austria. Over 3 million ethnic Hungarians found themselves outside of Hungary with significant outcome on the grapes and traditions that never stopped or are now coming back to life. On the southern slopes of the Mužsla Hills in Slovakia surrounded by the river Garam, Danube and the Ipoly rivers, is where you’ll find the father & son led estate: Bott Frigyes.