The Szekszárd wine region

 

“Sacrifice to the shepherd, drink and you will live!"

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The quote on a sarcophagus found during the excavations of a Roman settlement proves that vineyards were already cultivated in ancient times when the Szekszárd region was called Alisca. In 1061 a Benedictine Abbey was founded in Szekszárd. The monks tended to viticulture but it was Serbian settlers running from the Turks who planted the first stock of Kadarka. One of the oldest regions for the red varieties in the country it comprises of 2400 hectares of land divided into a region on the slopes of the Szekszárd hills and a line of wine-producing villages a bit farther away from Szekszárd. The hills are 100-120 metres high on average and they tend to acidify and slip, thus producing some argilliferous, gritty soil. The natural acid content and the long

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fermentation period mainly produce wines of good body. The typical wine of the landscape is Kadarka, which is rarely bottled therefore considered a unique rarity. It is worth mentioning the Szekszárdi Bikavér (Bull’s Blood) as it is said to be a better cure than medicine. In the Szekszárd region the most popular ones are the full-bodied red varieties and the softer rosés. The white varieties, although less acidic and softer, have relatively higher alcohol content due to the favourable climate and fertile soil conditions.