Gere Attila Winery is a family enterprise started in 1991 and now one of the most important wineries in Hungary. Attila Gere – originally a forester, and the owner of the company – received the Hungarian Wine Maker of the Year title in 1994. The internationally acknowledged winery’s wines compete with the most famous French wines and known not only in Europe but also present on Asian and American markets.
Their belief is that the vine must develop under the most natural circumstances to absorb the richness of the soil and give a really great wine. That’s why the winery commits itself toward the organic cultivation. Excellent wine can be made only from healthy grape. The winery farms on 70 hectares in such excellent slopes of Villány wine region as Kopár, Konkoly, Ördögárok and Csillagvölgy. Some of the grown varieties: portugieser, bluefrankisch, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, syrah, tempranillo, etc. During the processing of the selected grape grown with strict yield limitation it is the most important to perfectly keep the values lurking in the fruit. To achieve this the winery alloy the modern wine making technology with the traditions of Villány deliberately.
In 2002 the modern winery facility was built and here the most modern wine making technology is used.
Furthermore a 4 star hotel (Gere Crocus Wine Hotel) and a gourmet restaurant (Mandula) are also parts of the Gere wine experience since 2008.
Attila Gere (Pécs, 1954) Hungarian oenologist. Owner of Wine Maker of the Year title (1994) and the Knight Cross of the Hungarian Republic (2001). With his world class winery he is one of the most popular wine makers of Villány wine region.
He started his career being a forester for 17 years. He moved to Villány in 1978 and there he and his wife, Katalin, started to grow grapes in the Csillagvölgy slope. This first vineyard was only a few acres. They received the area as a wedding present from their parents. Attila still worked in forestry then but he also produced and sold wine. It was the vintage of 1986 that first went to stores in bottles. Though he got in touch with wine making through his marriage, in his family wine making has a tradition back to eight generations. His great grandparents were wine makers in Villány.
Gere, after giving up his original job, launched out on the family enterprise in 1991 which is today one of the most well-known wineries. After years of hard work, the winery is proud to call its own some 70 hectares of superb grounds in the slopes of Kopár, Konkoly, Csillagvölgy and Ördögárok. Some of the grown varieties: Portugieser, Blaufrankisch, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Tempranillo, etc.
Besides the family estate, a joint venture was established in 1992 hand in hand with Franz Weninger, Austrian winemaker.
Attila Gere’s belief is that the vine must develop under the most natural circumstances to absorb the richness of the soil and give a really great wine. Excellent wine can be made only from healthy grape. That’s why the winery commits itself toward the organic cultivation and alloys the modern wine making technology with the traditions of Villány deliberately.
The most known and superior grade wines of the winery are Kopar Cuvée (the flagship wine), Solus and Attila Cuvée that also prove themselves on international competitions.
The new winery that was constructed in 2002 fulfils the most modern technological requirements and at the same time it is suitable for receiving guests who are interested in wine. But besides this the winery also owns a 4 star hotel (Crocus Gere Wine Hotel and Spa****) and a gourmet restaurant (Mandula) which are also parts of the Gere wine experience since 2008.
Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique 2012
On the nose raspberry, sour cherry and blackbarry covered with cinnamon and cocoa. The ripened, vivid fruits dominate the wine making a fresh, light mouthfeel by its acidity. Red berries on the palate accompanied by black chocolate. Its tannins give structure to the wine, still firm, but full bodied, velvety and charming at the same time. Young, rich, joyful with a lot of potential.
Villányi Franc 2012
Toasty aromas and vanilla. Sweet on the nose cooled with sone eucalypt, refreshed by black and red berry fruits. On the palate the fruits are still slightly in the background, but show full ripeness, especially the dried blackberry, blueberry and sour cherry. Its tannins are not exaggerated, they are refined, ripe and let the flavours develop. The acidity is pleasant, eases the rather heavy character of the wine given by the vintage. Deep, dark colour with rich flavours and long length. A wine with great ageing potential.
Villányi Franc 2015
Ripened fruits, anise, cinnamon, tobacco and toasted notes on the nose. On the palate it is full bodied and velvety with soft tannins. The flavour profile is dominated by blackberry and sour cherry accompanied by sweetish coffee tones resulted from the small new barrels. An extremely layered wine with great ageing potential.
Outstanding layered, full fruitiness. Deep, almost blackish colour with youthful tones. Sour cherry, raspberry, blackberry and minerality on the nose with elegantly discreet toasty notes. On the palate it is extremely rich and complex, the fruits are accompanied by chocolate and cinnamon, plus some peppery notes can be discovered. In spite of its young age it shows a nice balance and is ready to drink, but it has a long ageing potential.
Rose hip, ripened plum, mineral tones and cocoa notes on the nose. When tasting it shows extensive fruitiness. Refined acidity structure accompanied by soft tannins. Spices of barrel ageing are well integrated to give the floor to the original flavours of the wine, in which some dried fruit notes might be discovered besides freshness. A great wine with long ageing potential, which already uncovers much of its beauty.
Attila Cuvée 2009
A chance given by the vintage, this wine is a limited selection of the most beautiful new barrique barrels meant for the wines of Kopar Cuvée, Cabernet Franc Selection and Solus Merlot. Complex nose and its intensity is gradually increasing. Eucalyptus, minerality, black chocolate and after some breathing rich fruits, mainly black and red berries. Rich fruitiness on the palate as well, it fills every corner of the mouth. Youthful tannins and nice acidity support the flavours resulting nice balance and rich, full palate. Minerality and toasty notes lead through the long lasting flavour profile of this wine. Komplex, great wine and with some bottle ageing it will give even more pleasure.