Tokaji Aszú

El Mundo, one of the biggest Spanish-language newspapers in the world, has stated Hungary’s Tokaj wine region produces some of the best sweet wines in the world.

Located in North-eastern Hungary near the borders of Slovakia, Ukraine and Romania, the Tokaj region was declared a World Heritage Site in 2002. But why, El Mundo asks?

The reason is simple. The wines from this region, especially, the sweet ones, are as good as France’s sauternes and Portugal’s ports. Louis XIV even described Tokaji wines as “The wine of kings, the king of wines”.

Covering an area of 7000 hectares and encompassing 28 municipalises, the Tokaj wine region started producing wine as early as in the 12th century. According to El Mundo, the most famous wine from Tokaj is the furmint, followed closely by the hárslevelű.

The wine is fermented by a fungus called Botrytis cinerea, which is responsbile for its sweet taste by converting all the liquid in the grapes to concentrated sugar. The article notes the unique puttonyos unit, which is used to measure the amount of sugar that is added to the wine.

El Mundo highlights the Oremus winery in Tokaj, as it is owned by Spanish wine company Vega Sicilia. They produce a range of wines that can be purchased in Spanish stores. One particular, Eszencia, can cost as much as €300, a price worthy of the Sun King…

We gave you 6+1 reasons to discover Hungarian wine. We also wrote about the Szekszárd wine region.

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