Gál Tibor Winery
The best things in life – like wine among other things – must be fully enjoyed and appreciated. Gál Tibor wines are made according to this concept. We are passionate about creating wines that are unique, harmonious and exciting in every sip of them.
We aim to make innovative wines but at the same time we follow our traditions. Nature gives home to our plants, thus our objective is to respect nature as much as possible and we try to minimalize negative impact on our environment. We are on our way to organic viticulutre and this path teaches us and makes us learn a lot.
Remain as natural as possible without sacrificing quality and without being average – this is our goal. We pay attention to our work process and aim to create expressive, sophisticated, exciting and honest wines.
“The winery was heritage, I received it out of the blue. First it meant only obligation to me but then, as time passed, I got to understand that it was my path. It is exactly the way of life I want. I want to create!
Now I am the head of the vineyards, I controll and do all the phases of winemaking in the cellar. I have learnt to enjoy it and I do it a lot! I try to develop continuously and to dedicate time to understand the unique characteristics of each grape variety – and to create something perfect with all this knowledge and experience. This is the base and the centre of my existence. And not only with the wines. I keep innovating, I always have plans and ideas not only regarding the wines, but also the winery and even the whole Eger wine region.
Tradition, past and my father – these are so important for me. I definitely inherited one thing from my father: taking risks. The only bad decision is the mediocre. I believe in the power of astonishing. This is why I adore winemaking: I have a playground for all my ideas and thoughts and it is a way to express myself.” Tibor Gál
Gál Tibor Winery was founded by Senior Tibor Gál, a world famous winemaker in 1992. He started his career in a state owned wine company in Eger, and in 1989 after a visit and tasting, Marchese Ludovico Antinori invited him to work in Tuscany. Tibor Gál accepted the challenge, he started as a cellar worker and did not stop until becoming chief winemaker of Ornellaia. The family returned to Hungary in 1992 and the winery was founded. First they made wine only of purchased grape. High quality was obvious from the first moment. The first Egri Bikavér was released in 1995 and quite unusually at that time in Hungary Tibor Gál placed emphasis on Pinot Noir as well. in 1997 Tibor Gál bought his first vineyards (“You can make good wines of purchased grapes, but for trully great wines you need your own vineyard” – he said.) He was awarded Winemaker of the Year in 1998, and in the same year he created Ornellaia’s first SuperTuscan blend, which made it to the first place of Wine Spectator Top 100 list in 2001!
Meanwhile he kept on working as a flying winemaker in several estates of the world until his tragic and sudden death in South Africa (he was a consultant of Capaia).
After several hard years and with hard work of the whole family, nowadays Gál Tibor Winery is again a top estate of Hungary under the lead of Tibor Gál Junior.
The estate has vineyards in the following vineyards of Eger:
– Síkhegy, 17.89 hectares, Pinot Noir, Szürkebarát,Tramini, Leányka, Kékfrankos, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon
– Pajados, 15.11 hectares, Kékfrankos, Syrah, Pinot Noir,Kadarka, Viognier, Savignon Blanc,Pinot Blanc
– Tornyos, 4.08 hectares, Kékfrankos
– Áfrika, 3.73 hectares, under planting…
– Nagy-Eged, 1.03 hectares, Kékfrankos, Kadarka
3300 Eger, Csiky Sándor utca 10., Hungary
Egri Csillag 2021
Crystal clear, pale straw yellow, complex, refreshing nose, crispy palate. Subtle pear and peach spiced up with some green herbal notes and with the undeniable mineral spark typical of Eger, the gem of the wine.
We were wondering what the secret of a great summer red wine is and we wanted to meet this challenge. This is how this easy to drink, low alcohol Kadarka was born. We vinified it as a white wine: fermentation at low temperature, bottling early. This style is trendy nowadays in the world, and we love it as well. It is worth chilling well. Ideal after mowing the grass on a hot summer day!
Pinot Noir 2019
Developing nose with red berry fruits, rose hip, raspberry, rose pepper. Zesty acidity, firm structure. The palate continues with the notes of the nose. Pleasant, warming feel of the alcohol.
Pajados Egri Bikavér Grand Superior 2017
Pajados vineyard is a miraculous place, especially in the middle of autumn, when the vine leaves are already coloured and the sun shines gold light on the slopes. The soil is rhyolite tuff, the plantation is 25 years old. Nutmeg, cinnamon, blackcurrant and plum on the nose with abundant minerality. Velvety texture, perfect harmony.
Síkhegy Egri Bikavér Grand Superior 2016
Impressive, overwhelming and layered. It is almost impossible to describe the myriad notes we can discover. It is enough to believe: this is SÍKHEGY vineyard. Sleek, ethereal wine with unbelievable elegance. Nothing is exaggerated, yet every component is present with astonishing emphasis. It is flowing, swirling, captures you, release you, takes off and catches you again. A pyramid upside down, standing on the tip of a needle.
Egri Bikavér Superior 2019
Titi’s iconic and most important wine. A pronounced, characteristic wine with velvety texture, subtle spices and gorgeous fruits.