What Kind of Wine Is Bulls Blood?￼
Hungarian Bulls Blood is a premium dry red cuvée wine, that is a blend of mainly kékfrankos (Blaufrankische) base wine, and other traditional, local Hungarian red grape varieties. The name Bulls Blood – translates to ‘Bikavér‘ – is actually a Community Brand. There are very strict regulations in place for a premium Hungarian red cuvée to qualify for the name Bulls Blood. Firstly, Bulls Blood can only be made in two wine regions, out of the 22 wine regions in total of Hungary. These are Szekszárd and Eger. The rules for Eger and Szekszárd Bulls Blood making also vary slightly. These rules set out exactly what the base wine should be, and in what percentage, how many local and other varieties can be used in the wine, and exactly what percentages these varieties need to be present, the length of barrel ageing, followed by what length of bottle ageing, etc.
The the legend and history of Hungarian Bulls Blood dates back to the battle between the Hungarians and the Ottomans in the 16th Century. The name Bikavér has been cited in Hungarian poems, and is deeply rooted in Hungarian literature and history. Bulls Blood therefore carries a cultural significance. Hence the quality control measures are taken very strictly to for a premium red cuvée to qualify for a Community Brand with such cultural significance.