Kadarka is a red grape variety that is grown mainly in Hungary and the overall eastern part of Europe. It is used to make light and fruity wines which are said to be similar of those produced from Pinot Noir.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Kadarka grapes are purple-red in colour and have thin skins. They are known for their medium to high acidity and delicate fruity aromas of cherries and red plums. On the palate, the wine is smooth with soft tannins and with notes of red flowers, cassis and black berries.

Fresh Cadarca grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Kadarka is mainly found in Hungary. Is is also found in Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Serbia and Albania. Kadarka is a productive, late budding and ripening variety with small and compact bunches. In the winery, the grapes are usually fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged on their lees to bring out the delicate aromas and flavours. Kadarka is also used for the production of juicy rose wines. In Hungary, Kadarka is used to make a light and floral style of easy drinking red wine. In Bulgaria, it is used to make a more full-bodied style of wine with higher alcohol levels. Kadarka is a versatile wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes. It is a great match for a BBQ, stews or for a light pasta dish.

Foods to pair with Cadarca:

Asian food
Light meat
Fun Fact about Cadarca
Kadarka is seeing a revival by young Hungarian winemakers, since it can produce fresh, ligh-bodied and spicy red wines. Overall the variety is still in decline, in terms of hectares planted.

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