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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  • Royal Tokaji Wine Company

    The Royal Tokaji Wine Company, founded in Hungary in 1989, has become one of the most defining wi...

  • István Szepsy

    THE SZEPSY FAMILY HAS BEEN CULTIVATING VINE AND PRODUCING WINE SINCE THE END OF THE 16TH CENTURY...

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Tokaj on Snooth

  • That would indeed be a fun way to taste for terroir Greg, we need to talk about ... be the biggest champion of Tokaj (outside of Hungary) that I've come across other than you. Seems like we could do some Burg, Bordeax (or Spain), then cap it off with some Toka Read More

    Forum post in the topic In need of Cru Beaujolais advice


  • Royal Tokaji Furmint 2011

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    Another one from the Jubliation 90's under $20 racks. A beautiful pale, pale gold color. Opens with a bit of muskiness, wind over grass, and wood. Full in the mouth, medium acidity. Medium Dry with a long finish. To me, very similar to an unoaked French Chardonnay and like them, great complexity and acidity. Had alone, but would be great with fo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Your friend knows something!Good luck getting the first 2 in the States. Szepsy ... ... nobody knows him. Royal Tokaj has some of the best vineyards but they're a third tier producer at best. Oremus is the most widely distributed and one of the best of the early foreign group - Disznoko, Hetzsolo, Derezsla, Kiralyudvar, Royal Tokaj, and Oremus... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tokaji Producers


  • 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


  • Demeter Zoltán Veres 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic So, Have You Heard of This?


  • Pajzos Antaloczy Tokaji Furmint 2011

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    Light and fresh with Roth and spice. Great for butternut squash Raman. Read More

    Wine review by mark


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