Tokaj-Hegyalja is part of the World Heritage Sites, as well as Hungary’s best-known wine region. Wines with the highest alcohol-, sugar-, and acid-contents of the country are born in Tokaj-Hegyalja. Tokaj’s microclimate provides the ideal conditions to produce this world-class wine, it is a medicine, a real nectar. The south-facing slopes, the nearby Tisza and Bodrog rivers and the warm summers, and long, sunny autumns all play a part in the development of noble rot, giving the wine its unique taste. The world famous Szamorodni and Aszú wines are made by adding these berries with noble rot, and the more aszú-grapes the wine contains the more precious it is. Louis XIV famously called it the “Wine of Kings, King of Wines”.
While the town of Tokaj is undoubtedly the must-see destination, the Tokaj Wine Region has many other small villages worth exploring.
Tokaj wine region is about 2 and a half hour drive from Budapest.
Furmint is the key player – developing noble rot best, followed by Hárslevelű – more robust, full-bodied and Sárgamuskotály (Yellow Muscat).