Which Eastern European country makes a wine known as Bull’s Blood?
One of the most popular well known dry reds of Hungary is Egri Bikavér—bull’s blood of Eger. It is made primarily from the kékfrankos and kadarka grapes, grown in Eger. The legend behind the wine dates back to the mid-1500s when the fortress of Eger, which belonged to the Magyars (ancestors to modern Hungarians), was besieged by the Turks. The Magyars (men, women and reportedly, even children) fought fiercely, drinking huge amounts of red wine in the process. As the story goes, when the Turks encountered the Magyars’ ferocious fighting skills and saw their red-stained faces, they retreated, fearing that the Magyars attained their prowess by drinking the blood of bulls.