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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  • Emark - to add to what they said above, sometimes you get rain during harvest ... decides to harvest.I was in Tokaj last week and they'd had rain for days and days. But harvest there doesn't start for a while and they're all confident that the harvest can be saved because while I was there, the weather was terrific. Sunny and breezy, just righ... Read More

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  • Tokaji Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Smart2aFault


  • Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Smart2aFault


  • Erzsebet Pince Kiraly Dulo Furmint 2010

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    Very much straw coloring in the glass. Absolutely no nose at all. Initial fruit flavors of peach with concomitant fruity sweetness. Beyond maybe a hint of oxidation I do not get much more from this wine. A little bit of tartness on the finish probably saves it in my view. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Tokaj is in the Zemplén mountains, which abut the Carpathians. They're ancient volcanos. It's all about mountains there.All of the great vineyards are on hills. Eger is a mountain city. It's hard to find flat areas there even if you wanted to. Somló is also on extinct volcanos. Sopron is close to Burgenland in Austria. It's more hilly than mount... Read More

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  • Disznókó Tokaji Dry 2009

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    Definitely buy again. Read More

    Wine review by jwgwine


  • Here is my best way of explaining it, Preetish.Wines taste "Sweet" if ... as Sauternes from France or Tokaj Azsu from Hungary.  Most wine producing countries also produce Dessert Wines although they might be harder to find.  In the United States, it is common to put the words "Late Harvest" on such wines.  Grapes that are late harvested have a ... Read More

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  • Blue Label Tokaji Aszu 5-Puttonyos. the Royal Tokaji Co 2007

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    Wine review by anchca


  • You are of course correct. Somehow a sentence got left out or I deleted it. My ... end up in Eger and finally Tokaj.  While the south is known for Kadarka, both that and Kékfrankos seem to do well in Eger as well, where they can be more lean and spicy. I'd focus on those grapes, or at least Syrah, but of course, people always want to make Cab ... Read More

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  • Thanks Jon Derry for your kind words it is great to find someone else who is ... Hungarian dry Furmint from Tokaj and also Pinot Gris from Badacsony as both of these regions make incredible white wines both from local cultivars & also the international ones e.g. Riesling, Chardonnay, Welschriesling, etc.Cheers!Solomon Mengeu &nbs Read More

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