Tokaj Wine

Tokaj is the prized sweet wine of Hungary, produced in the northeast Tokaj-Hegyalja region, at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains. Wine has been produced in the region for centuries, dating back to the Roman era when the land was known as Pannonia. However, it was not a sweet wine until the 1630s. 

With the Ottoman invasions, many of the glorious vineyards that had been cultivated by Hungarian royal decree were left to rot because of strict Muslim law forbidding alcohol consumption. Some wine was still being produced, but always under fear of attack. Legend has it that a local wine-maker was forced to abandon his harvest fearing one such raid, and upon return, found his grapes had developed what became known as Botrytis cinerea, or “noble rot.” He shrugged his shoulders and made the wine anyway, yielding spectacular results no one had imagined. With this serendipitous viticultural discovery, the wine known as Tokaj Aszu, which many consider among the world’s finest, was born Read more »

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  • István Szepsy


  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company

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  • I actually know most of the wines. And I'd go with Hungarian wine since ... ... but he has property in Tokaj too. He lived in the US for a while and worked with the Dept of Defense for a time before he went back to Hungary to establish a winery.For mains, I'd go with something involving duck or goose, just because the Hungarians do those so w... Read More

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  • Mad Tokaji Furmint Dry 2012


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Evolucio Furmint 2013


    Binny's 5/2016. Not as good as I had hoped. When trying a wine from a new region for me personally, I am always anticipating a block buster. It was a good wine and maybe considering the price I should rate it higher, just not the GREAT find I was pining for. Consumed at our deck party last evening. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Hetszolo Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos 2003


    Wow - a true star of the night. Where as the Kono was reserved and elegant this was forward and seductive. A rich amber in the glass. The bursts with honey, jammy apricot, left over hot caramel toffe, citruss and spice. On the palate this just plain sucks you in. The acidity cuts through the sweetness and with the cinnamon spice provides and cle... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Weird thread to revive. Twice no less!Anyhow, I suppose the OP and the other ... be around again. Too bad. Tokaj is the region, Tokaji means roughly "from the region of Tokaj". Pronunciation is the same. Tokay is a British bastardization of the word and Tocai an Italian one, which they are no longer allowed to use under the EU rules, just like... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dry or sweet???

  • Tokay is the name of the wines from the Tokaj wine region Read More

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  • Evolucio Furmint 2013


    Lovely - crisp, vibrant, bracing. Had this beginning lunch. Medium mouthfeel and weight, but perfect as a starter. Did not have with food, but suspect this one would work wonderfully with food, just as it does alone. For the price or much higher, an incredible value. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • The sweet wines are very different depending on the production method. I'm ... top of that list has to be Tokaj Aszú for the reasons mentioned - the poise between acidity and sugar. Those are probably the most delicate and refined of all the sweet wines, probably because they have such high levels of acidity in spite of the sometimes astronomi... Read More

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  • Becky - it's not so much that grapes favor poor soil, it's that often ... or wheat. And in places like Tokaj for example, the soils are more diverse than they are in Burgundy. In addition to mountains that were formerly under water, providing the limestone-rich soils you see in Burgundy, you have extinct volcanos, wind-blown soils, and hillsid... Read More

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  • Evolucio Tokaj Furmint 2012


    Lovely little white wine had with lunch at Marcello's. Dry, crisp, and bright. Just under-ripe peach and apricot, with bits of green apple, citrus, and herbs. At this price point...crazy Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

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