Hungary is a famed country that is landlocked and is situated in Central-Eastern Europe. The country is home to many cultural festivities and amazing local traditions, customs, and trends that are excitingly enjoyed and respected by both locals and tourists of the country. Hungary is a historically enriched country and the proud capital of the country, that is, Budapest attracts millions of tourists each year. The country not only offers its visitors amazing sites to explore and wondrous cultural festivities but also allow the people to indulge in the absolutely divine local Hungarian cuisine and enjoy exquisite Hungarian wines as well.
One of the well-known and growingly popular Hungarian wines happens to be the Tokaji wine.
The Slovak wine region of Tokaj can also use the label of Tokaj if they apply the Hungarian quality control regulation. This area was once a part of the greater “Tokaj-Hegyalja” region within the Kingdom of Hungary but it was divided between Hungary and Czechoslovakia after the Treaty of Trianon.
The top wines of Tokaji include sweet white wines and Furmint which are dry white wines. The soils of Tokaji are essentially a range of clay-dominant soils of red, yellow, brown, and white clay, along with loess, strewn atop volcanic rock subsoil that is rich in iron and lime.
Tokaj is known to be the gold standard of the Hungarian wine regions. It is by far the most famous wine region of Hungary and the oldest classified wine region in the world. This is also a Unesco World Heritage Site and home to the first ever noble rot wine of the world that was the sweet golden Tokaji Aszú. The region is named after the village of Tokaj and consists of 28 towns that are scattered along rolling hills and nestled between two rivers that are namely the Tisza and the Bodrog River. The rivers offer a special microclimate to the area with high levels of moisture in the air that are offset by wind and plenty of sunshine. This is why the region has optimal conditions for botrytized wines.
Tokaji is better known by locals in the Hungarian language as Tokaj or Tokay and this is the name of the wines from the Tokaj wine region which can also be referred to as the “Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region” or simply “Tokaj-Hegyalja” in Hungary or the adjoining Tokaj wine region in Slovakia. This region is known for its sweet wines that are made from grapes affected by noble rot which is basically a style of wine which has a long history in this region. The nectar that comes from the grapes of Tokaj is also mentioned in the national anthem of Hungary. So you can see how deeply enrooted this particular wine is with the nation of Hungary and its culture.
So next time you are in Hungary make sure to try out their special Tokaji wines that offer an exquisite and unique blend of flavor and are hence some of the premium wines of the world.