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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