Originating in Hungary, and well known thoughout Eastern European this wine is probably most famous for a colorful history that is Egri Bikaver, or “Bull's Blood”.
Not a complex, expensive wine bulls blood is a fun to drink, type of wine. (although some winemakers are trying to create a more complex, higher end version) Although it has varied over the years Bulls Blood is a blended red wine, and must be made using at least three or more of the following grapes, Kekfrankos, Blauburger, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Portugiser, Merlot, Kadarka, Pinot Noir, and Zweigelt grape varieties.
Legend has it that bulls blood got its name during the siege at Eger around 1552. Troops defending the castle Eger were rumoured to have been given wine mixed with bulls blood to give them strength. After drinking this wine they defended the castle from a far superior number of turkish troops, who became fearful after they heard the troops had been drinking bulls blood and withdrew… some say this is when the legendary “bulls blood” was born.
Bulls blood is probably Hungary's most famous wine and is produced in Eger in the North East of the country. The region has a temperate continental climate, that is infuenced by three main factors. The Western-European Oceanic, the Eastern-European Continental and the Mediterranean. Temperature in the region varies greatly over the seasons, with maximums around 100°F in summer and lows of 14°F in winter. Soils in this area tend to be of the Volcanic Black Loam variety.
This is a light, very easy drinking wine best enjoyed with steaks, roasts, spicy game, and other beef dishes.