Kadarka is a red grape with an uncertain origin. It is most likely a native Balkan variety that spread during Ottoman rule. Due to its finicky nature, it has slightly declined in popularity, but it is still an important red variety, especially in Hungary.
Kadarka is a late-ripening grape that mainly produces fruity and elegant red wines. It is versatile and terroir-driven, so the wines can often vary in character, but they usually have light to medium body, bright acidity, and low tannins. The aroma is typically fruity, often with hints of spice and sometimes with subtle floral notes.
Kadarka is an ideal partner for spicy meat dishes. Apart from Hungary and Serbia, Kadarka is also cultivated in Romania and Bulgaria, where it is known as Gamza. In Hungary, it is mostly associated with Szekszárd and Villány, but it is also popular in Eger, where it is used in the Egri Bikavér red blend.