The Gál Tibor Winery was established in 1993 in Eger. Tibor Gál Sr. was the most famous winemaker in Hungary in the 1990s and early 2000s. Initially, his reputation came not from Hungary but from Italy: Tibor Gál famously vinificated some very successful vintages of Super-Tuscan Ornellaia for Marchese Lodovico Antinori. At home in Eger, Tibor Gál was the first Hungarian to realize the significance of terroir-based viticulture. On the basis of his expertise he searched for the most interesting and best-situated vineyards, and then selected the ideal grape varietals and clones for the land.
In February 2005, Tibor Gál tragically passed away while consulting at wineries in South Africa. After the accident his family overtook the management of the estate. In 2011 two silent partners joined the company, and since then the professional management of the estate has been lead by Tibor Gál Jr. Tibor Kr. has worked both domestically and abroad as a winemaker. Under his leadership, the winery seeks to marry modern winemaking technology with the local values and traditions that make Hungarian wine unique, proudly carrying on the family tradition with an eye to developing the future of winemaking in Hungary.
Today Tibor Jr. seeks to make a dramatic change in the Hungarian wine sector. He firmly believes that Hungarian wine, notably the wines of Eger, must develop a regional wine style intricately tied to the authentic characteristics and unique tastes of the land. “If our message is not clear, people will not understand what we want to give them,” he says. As a result, Tibor and the winery have placed special emphasis on the Egri Bikavér, and have also helped to develop Eger’s exclusive white blend, the “Egri Csillag” (star of Eger). “We are proud of our past,” says Tibor, “and we would like to be proud of our future.”
Size of vineyards: 98 acres
Grapes grown: Kékfrankos, Leányka, Királyleányka, Cserszegi Füszeres, Zenit, Szürkebarát, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Traminer, Pinot Noir
Soil and terroir: volcanic rhyolite tuff