Kadarka is a red grape variety that has played an important role in the history of winegrowing in Bačka. In the mid 1800s, it was widely planted across the Panonian Plain, and it began disappearing after World War II because its thick clusters and susceptibility to disease make it very difficult to cultivate. Using simple techniques in our vineyards, we have elevated kadarka to a new level.
The origin of kadarka still hasn’t been determined with certainty. According to one theory, kadarka originates from the shores of Lake Skadar, (it used to be called “skadarka”), and according to another, it is an indigenous Hungarian variety. In Hungarian literature, kadarka is most often compared to pinot noir, even though the similarities between the two varieties are not actually great.
Overly big yields, thick clusters and a soft skin make kadarka extremely susceptible to disease, so it has been replaced by hardier international varieties everywhere except in parts of Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Until we started reviving it in Bačka, kadarka was most successfully vinified in Villany in Hungary. The wine characteristics of kadarka are extraordinary, but great knowledge and effort are required to achieve them. This variety gives wines a full, ruby colour and a medium body. Thanks to its combination of rich aroma, freshness and moderate alcohol content, together with a great aging potential, kadarka perfectly fits into the modern red wine model. Rosés are also produced from kadarka.