Home of the legendary Aszú white wines, Tokaj wine region is located in north-eastern Hungary. Named after the town of Tokaj, the region’s former commercial centre, it is a relatively small wine region of around 5,500 hectares of vineyards which includes 27 towns and villages: Abaújszántó, Bekecs, Bodrogkeresztúr, Bodrogkisfalud, Bodrogolaszi, Erdőbénye, Erdőhorváti, Golop, Hercegkút, Legyesbénye, Makkoshotyka, Mád, Mezőzombor, Monok, Olaszliszka, Rátka, Sárazsadány, Sárospatak, Sátoraljaújhely, Szegi, Szegilong, Szerencs, Tarcal, Tállya, Tokaj, Tolcsva and Vámosújfalu.
Tokaj has great history, the region was declared one of the first appellations in the world in 1737. Over the last twenty-five years the region went through a great development period as its winemaking culture and traditions were honoured as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2002. The vineyards of Tokaj lie along the foothills of the pristine Zemplén Mountains, at the meeting with the enormous Great Hungarian Plain which provides the summer heat for the vines. Humidity essential for the noble rot, the Botrytis, drifts up from the rivers Bodrog and Tisza.
Some of the world’s best naturally sweet wines are born here, above-all the exceptional Tokaji Aszú wine, which was famously called by French king Louis XIV the “Wine of Kings, King of Wines”. Of course, there are other excellent sweet whites (Sárgamuskotály) and also great dry whites in Tokaj too from the main local varieties of Furmint and Hárslevelű, deservedly drawing increasing attention from the outside world. The most prestigious winemakers in Tokaj are the followings: Degenfeld, Demeter, Disznókő, Majoros Pince, Royal Tokaji, Sauska and Szepsy.