This is a really one-of-a-kind wine, made from an ancient Carpathian basin grape which is hardly grown anywhere. This is probably the only commercially-available wine made from this grape. It’s believed that Fekete Járdovány was a popular variety in southern Hungary before phylloxera destroyed most of Europe’s vineyards at the end of the 19th century. This variety almost went extinct. The Vine and Wine Research Institute of Pécs is well-known in Hungary for preserving ancient Hungarian and Central European wine grapes. The Gere Winery started working with the institute to revive seven rare Carpathian Basin varieties, including this one. In 2004 they planted just two rows of each of the seven varieties. After a few years, Fekete Járdovány showed great potential, so they decided to plant it in two of their premium vineyards: Csillagvölgy and Ördögárok. 2011 was the first vintage produced exclusively out of Fekete Járdovány. Since it is not included in the list of grape varieties approved under the Villány wine appellation, it is labeled simply as red wine without indication of origin. In the glass, Fekete Járdovány has a pale cherry-red color with pink reflections. It has aromas of sweet vanilla, caramel, ripe black cherry, and coffee (due to the 10 months it spent aging in small oak barrels). With 13.5 percent alcohol, this reminds us of a Nebbiolo-based wine, with its pale color, elevated tannins and acidity, long finish, and flavors of caramel, cherry, and coffee. This wine represents the effort of generations of winemakers and ampelographers to revive ancient grape varieties. And we are thankful for that!