PÓK TAMÁS

Eger, Hungary

Winemaker: Pók Tamás
Size: 4,5 ha
Vineyards: Pajdos, Nagygalagonyás, Nagy-Eged, Síkhegy, Rádé
Varieties: Furmint, Hárslevelű, Leányka, Kékfrankos, Kadarka, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

" I planted my first vineyard (Zengő variety) at Nagytálya (near Eger) in 1984, when I was a researcher (Institute of Viticulture and Oenology). 

 

For enlarging the “estate” I began buying vineyards in the middle of the restitution process, in 1995. At first a Kékfrankos vineyard on the southern slope of Eged, which was followed in the same year by a Cabernet franc from the Rádé, and a year later another Kékfrankos from the Nagygalagonyás site.

Primarily I was looking for blue varieties because I wanted to make Bikavér, the famous Eger red blend. My goal was to create a 10-hectare estate, which I can manage by myself.

These were large-scale vineyards with a low number of plants and high yield per vine. I wanted better quality raw material, so I decided to make new and modern plantations with raised plant number (5200/ha), smaller vine form (Guyot system) and lower yield (1 kg/plant). I have chosen a territory between Eger and Ostoros, the once very famous Pajdos, where I first had to tame the wild terrain. In the years of 2002-2004, I have planted more blue grapes varieties because I planned to have a vineyard suitable for the production of the basic material for the highest grade Egri Bikavér (Grand superior), that has to have at least 6 different grape varieties. In addition, significant native Hungarian white varieties - Furmint, Hárslevelű - are tested. " 

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