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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  • Grof Degenfeld

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  • 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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  • Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Dry 2011

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    Wine review by smola12


  •  "Just like Napa wines are from Napa Valley, Maine lobster are from ... Paso Robles, Sonoma County, Tokaj, Victoria, Western Australia, Long Island and Rioja is focussing on the integrity of wine places and demands that a wine's true origin is clearly stated on the label.Please support this initiative by signing the petition http://petition.ch... Read More

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  • Királyudvar Furmint Tokaji Sec 2009

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    Crisp lemon citrus on the nose. Grapefruit pith, some salinity and mums. Some straw and a stemmy quality. On the palate, it's so vibrant and bright it seems effervescent. Juicy acidity balanced by a moderate sweetness. Lip smacking. Stony minerality, a peachy suggestion and floral citrus flavors. It's called "sec", but it's not too sweet.... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Hetszolo Tokaj Aszu 5 Puttonyos Hungary 2001

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    Toasted hazelnut dominant. Good acid. Nice, nutty and rich.92 pts.-Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Mad Cuvee Tokaji 2008

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    Oh Ya! Picked up a bottle of this Late Harvest while on holiday in Kauai this week. Yumeeee. Golden color, light syrup body with good cling. Silky mouth feel. Mango aroma on the swirl. Golden Raisins was my thought at first sip, then the mango taste with slight apricot. Ice cold - it was great while sitting on the lanai watching waves cras... Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi


  • Blue Label Tokaji Aszu 5-Puttonyos. the Royal Tokaji Co 2005

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    $17.36 Read More

    Wine review by smiles813


  • Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 2006

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    This tightly wound and focused sweetie offers intense acidity harnessing ... Drink now through 2035. -NW Read More

    Wine review by Wine Spectator Lists


  • Hetszolo Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2000

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    Fantastic Tokaji!!- WS Grand Tour 2011 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • The Royal Tokaji Wine Co. Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos Red Label 2006

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    Pure perfection! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


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