King of Hungarian wine: Tokaji Aszú

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King of Hungarian wine: Tokaji Aszú

One cannot leave Hungary without tasting its famous white dessert wine, Tokaji, a living tradition since 1630. The name comes from the wine region of Tokaj, a small picturesque town on the crossing of Tisza and Bodrog rivers, that is part of UNESCO World Heritage. “Sweet elixir, wine of the kings, king of the wines, nectar” – Hungarians are unanimously proud of Tokaji, and also, this is the most well-known Hungarian wine abroad.

Tokaji wines are special because the Tokaji wine region has a unique climate that causes the so-called “noble rot” on the grapes. The noble rot results in aszú-grapes that are as sweet as raisins. Tokaji Aszú is the sweetest wine of Tokaj, you can find 3-4-5-6 puttonyos Tokaji wine depending on how many “buckets” (puttonys) of aszú-grapes were used to make it. The more puttonys were used, the sweeter the wine becomes – and also, the more expensive.

Tokaji wine from Disznókő brand

Tokaji wine from Disznókő brand

The process of making Aszú wine:

  • Aszú-berries are picked individually and are pressed into a kind of dough that will be the basis for the Aszú wine.
  • Tokaji wine or “must” is added to the dough.
  • Fermentation starts and the wine is poured into wooden casks until the wine is mature. The fermentation process goes on for several years until the Aszú wine is ready for drinking.

 
 

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