Gere Winery

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Attila Gere is holder of the title Winemaker of the Year (1994) and the Knight's Cross of the Republic of Hungary (2001). With his world-class winery, he is considered one of the most famous producers in the wine-growing area Villány. The history of the Gere family, which covers 70 hectares, has already covered 7 generations. Attila Gere and his wife Katalin initially cultivated only a vineyard the size of a few square yards in Csillagvölgy, which they received in 1978 from their parents as a wedding present. The 1986 vintage is the first to be sold in bottles.

After the political change in the early 1990s, the family farms in Villány reformed. These farmers, including Attila Gere, have brought the quality of the Villány wine back to the top of the world, through joint efforts and revival of ancient traditions. With the year 1997 a big dream came true, the first vintage of the emblematic top wine of the winery, the KOPÁR cuvée, came into the bottles. The designation points to the growing soil that grows thinner and thinner from the foot of the mountain, and to the sight of the lime bedrock that protrudes through it. In this situation, the vines produce smaller but more concentrated mineral grapes.


The origin of viticulture in Villány probably dates back to the Celts, but has been proven to date back to the Romans. The altar stone from Roman times excavated on the slope of the Szársomlyó Mountain documents a vineyard area of ​​50 ha.

During the Turkish occupation (1541-1699), the Turks settled Slavs and Serbs in the completely depopulated Villány region, bringing with them the Kadarka wine and the mash fermentation red wine production technology. From the 17th century, mainly Germans were settled here, who also the grape variety "Portugieser", d. H. "Kékoportó", have brought.

The German name of the fields on the Villányer mountain side comes from the settling Swabian winegrowers, because of their form, specificity or the legends associated with them:

The Jammer Valley corridor was named after the Battle of Nagyharsány in 1687. Legend has it that the misery of the Turks in the mountains continued for weeks after the victory of the imperial armies.

The name of the corridor "Ördögárok" (devil's ditch) refers to a legend from Nagyharsány, according to which the devil himself has pulled the ditch between the mountains as a furrow.

The Kopár corridor lies furthest to the west in Villány. It is completely protected from the north, a growing area with an extremely favorable climate. The soil is getting thinner and thinner from the bottom of the mountain.

The traditional wines are Kadarka, Portugieser (kékoportó) and Blaufränkisch (kékfrankos). After the phylloxera disaster, French grape varieties (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot) were also cultivated.