Kádár Hungary sources oak from the venerable forests of Hungary with a focus on the Northern forests and in particular the region of Tokaj. Composed of 1,500 extinct volcanoes ranging to 2,500', the Tokaj Eperjesi Mountains are steep, rocky and cold.
As a result, the Quercus Petraea oak grows some 30% slower than in other European oak forests. Composed almost entirely of Rhyolite and Andesite volcanic tufa, the soils impart minerality and produce strong, dense oak. In fact, some of the oak grows almost entirely in solid rock befitting the Latin term Quercus Petraea literally translating to Oak of the Rocks. Annual rainfall is moderate at 20-30" and the winters are cold, January's mean temperature is 25°F or –4°C, and snowy. These are some of the harshest oak growing conditions we have encountered. Our other smaller sources in the North are from comparable cold, hillside forests. read more>