The wine-growing area is located in the southwest of Hungary
not far from the border with Croatia
. It is one of the oldest and best in the country and is often called "Bordeaux Hungary" because excellent red wines are produced here. In the 19th century the red wine from the Kadarka grape was exported to many European countries. Great lovers of it were for example the composer Franz Liszt (1811-1886), who visited the area several times, and Pope Pius IX (1792-1878). The Pope believed that wine preserved his health and spirit. Here, as the only area besides Cheb
, the traditional red wine Bull's Blood
(Bikavér) may be produced. The continental...