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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  • Pajzos Antaloczy Tokaji Furmint 2011


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

    Wine review by mark

  • Disznókó Tokaji Dry 2009


    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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  • Tokaj Classic Tokaji Late Harvest Classic Cuvée 2005


    Le Bernardin josh bday dinner with cheese dish -La Faisselle Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Hello, my name is Frigyes (Frici), I live in Budapest Hungary (not hungry!). I ... ... five most wine region of Tokaj region of Hungary wonder Read More

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  • Dobogo Furmint Tokaji 2011


    Drier than I thought it would be. Ok. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • It's one of those things that you can't really debate. You can say ... ... Johnson has an interest in a Tokaj property and the others do not. He has to be OK with some kind of sediment removal because that wine is full of stuff otherwise. Also, many of the local winemakers there don't want to associate with the unclean and corrupt winemaking o... Read More

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