Attila Gere is an iconic figure of Hungary’s wine scene. He established the Gere Winery just after the regime change in 1991. Gere is not only one of the pioneers of quality winemaking in Hungary after the change of regimes, but he is also a pioneer in Hungarian wine tourism. During the same year that Gere founded his winery, he also established Hungary’s first winery hotel, the Gere Panzió. He eventually opened a four-star wellness hotel and restaurant, called Crocus Wine Hotel, in the center of Villány. Gere is synonymous with the Villány region, and Villány is synonymous with Gere.
Winemaking in Gere’s family can be traced back at least seven generations. But since his father could not produce wine due the Communist regime’s restrictions, and World War Two interrupted winemaking during his grandfather’s time, Gere didn’t learn about winemaking traditions and know-how from them. He learned from his father-in-law—who made wine at home, and gifted Gere and his wife, Katalin, their first vineyard in Csillagvölgy as a wedding present in 1978.
Gere was named Winemaker of the Year in 1994, a prestigious award in Hungary, and in 1997 he released the first vintage of Gere Kopar, which has become, arguably, Hungary’s most iconic red wine. These days, Gere Kopar, is one of the rare wines in Hungary that is sold en primeur (which means it is sold in advance of its release), due to its high demand.
The Gere Winery has been organically farming its 70 hectares of vineyards since 2010, and they are experimenting with varieties which are unusual to the region, such as Tempranillo. They are also growing exciting ancient Carpathian Basin varieties which are close to extinction, such as Fekete Járdovány, Bakator, Purcsin, Csóka, and others. Gere has teamed up with two other promising winemakers to establish joint wineries: Gere & Wenninger (with Franz Wenninger from Austria) and Gere & Schubert (with Vilmos Schubert). After more than 30 years of success, Attila Gere and his family are not resting on their laurels.
This curated selection includes an educational packet with detailed tasting notes on each wine and background information about the region and the winery.
This 6-Pack includes these wines:
* Olaszrizling (2020)
* Rosé (2020)
* Portugieser, Organic Selection (2019)
* Fekete Járdovány (2018)
* Kopar (2017)
* Villanyi Franc, Ördögárok Vineyard (2017)