Tokay wines come from an area located in the North-East of Hungary named ‘Tokaj Foothills. An area which main city is... Tokaj!!!
Even though Tokaj Wineries are producing dry white wines, it is especially with sweetened tastes that Tokaji became famous. In hungarian those white sweet wines are called "aszu" : this can be translated by "liquor-like". This label, associated with its amber dress, its taste and aromas, induces Tokaji Wines met in direct competition with others international very-late-gathered-grapes wines.
So, the Tokay is the world's finest "late-harvest-liquor-like" sweet wine. Its high content in sugar is measured in "puttonyos", which corresponds to the quantity of noble grains built-in in the clear wine. By noble grains, one understands the grapes which spent more time on the stock, therefore which remained longer in the sun and which thus is gorged out of sugar.
One speaks about "botrytized" grains because they were also touched by a Botrytis mushroom which confere with the grape its "noble rot".
"The wine of kings - the king of wines" - is what Louis the 14th, of France is reported to have said as he popped the cork on another bottle of Tokaj wine. This high quality didn't fade with time. You should taste this real "Hungaricum" !!
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Tokaj Wine Region Historic Cultural Landscape
Wine drinking could be classified as a National passtime. Of course the saying goes "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" So, it goes without saying, when in Hungary, drink wine. There is never a shortage of a drinking partner as Hungarians need very little excuse to lift a glass to their lips.
You may hear the expression "Frocs" this is a mixture of wine and soda water, preffered by the social drinkers. But most Hungarians will not hear of having their wine being watered down
So, if you are in Hungary, have a drink with a local. You'll never forget the experiance. But remember, refusal to drink will always offend.
A Hungarian will always raise his glass and make a toast, this being "Isten Eltessen" Translated it means "God grant you long life"
The fame of Tokaj comes from its wonderful wine, the Tokaji Aszú, "the wine of kings and the king of wines" as declared by Louis XIV, king of the French...
At the heart of this process is a fungus called Botrytis cinerea or noble rot. The vintage are only made in november so that this fungus has the time to develop; In fact the 'rotten' grapes (called Aszus) contains less water and more sugar. They also have to be picked individually to make sure they are suitable for the wine.
During the winemaking process, these berries are mixed with regular white wine. The number of 25-kg tubs added to 135 liters of wine is called 'puttonyos'. The more puttonyos, the more sweet is the wine. It can range from 3 to 6...