The Andrássy winery was founded in 1999 by the entrepreneur Jószef Szabó, and built over the cellars of the Rákóczi Mansion in Tarcal. Most of the 20 hectares are in the First Growth Szentkereszt vineyard at Bodrogkeresztúr. Its loess soils define the character of the Andrássy wines, made by winemaker László Gervald. Szent Kereszt dülo, the "Holy Cross" hill, is part of Tarcal's northern portion of the Tokaj Kopasz mountain. This vineyard existed already in 1737. At that time, the Szepes County Chamber bestowed the vineyard upon the Piarist Order. Some time before their acquisition, the Pettkó family was a prominent owner of Szent Kereszt. The name of the vineyard might refer to a cloister, which existed on the hill earlier. The name of the winery refers to the famous Count Gyula Andrássy, who was the first Hungarian prime minister following the Compromise with Austria in 1867.
This winery, formerly known as Tokaji Kereskedőház, launched their new range of wines in September 2000. The company owns the astounding Museum Cellar, where thousands of top vintage bottles from the past 100 years are stored underground in a labyrinth of chambers from the 13th century, as well as few bottles up to an age of 400 years and more. They also are the exclusive owners of the former Imperial "Szarvas" single vineyard Estate, which is one of the two vineyards declared as ‘Great First Growth’ in 1737. In the communist era before 1990, Tokaji Kereskedőház exported their best quality wines under the Monimpex label into the western countries.
The Dorogi winery was founded in 1997 by the two brothers Zsolt and István Dorogi, with less than one hectare of cultivated area. Before that, István Dorogi was responsible for vinification at Mártha Wille-Baumkauff's winery "Pendits" in Abaújszántó. István Dorogi is a rising star now between the young winemakers of Tokaj. He has achieved a perfect synthesis between traditional and modern style especially with his Aszú. Today the Dorogi Brothers grow vines on almost 8 hectares of cultivated area on the slopes of the Tokaji hill, in the vineyards Barát, Elöhegy, Lónyai, Thurzó, Mestervölgy, Mogyorós and Puskas, as well as the second Mezes Mály between Erdöbénye and Olaszliska.
This company was founded in 1994 by Sándor Simkó, who worked for Château Pajzos before. His family is growing and producing wine for several generations. The winery´s cellar is very close to the Rákócsi-Castle of Sárospatak. The own cultivated area has almost 19 hectares of size, on notable growths such as Királyhegy and Hosszú-hegy in Sárospatak, Zsádany in Sárazsádany and Kincsem near Tolcsva. The wines are matured traditionally in oxidative style and reflect the mineral character of vthe volcanic soils. Base wine and Aszúberries are always from the same year.
Wines from the family vineyard Illés Pince, leaded by János Illés, grow on four hectares of cultivated area on the vineyards Huza, Lapis, Szent Kereszt and Serfözö. Another six hectares on the famous Mulato-hill are prepared to be cultivated at this time. The family owns four winecellars, the oldest one is from the time of the Tartare invasion during the 13th century. The twofloored main cellar in Erdöbénye with its capacity of 40.000 litres has seven corridors, two of them belonged to the cellar of the legendary Prince Rákóczi, who was once the owner of the village Erdöbénye.
Located in the village of Tarcal, the modern Királyudvar estate is patterned after the original wine press house dating back to the late 16th century, which was authentically restored in 1999. The original “Királyudvar” (“King’s Court”), built by Antal Grassalkovich, was the centre of the Royal Estate. Királyudvar was brought back to life in 1997 by the American businessman Anthony Hwang. The idea for the investment came up while sitting with István Szepsy and tasting his fabulous 1993 6 puttonyos Aszú. Szepsy became co-founder and first winemaker of Királyudvar. Today, Királyudvar cultivates 45 hectares of fields divided among six primary vineyards - Lapis, Henye, Percze, Becsek, Danczka and Nyulászó.
In 1993, the Spanish wine producer Vega Sicilia founded Tokaj Oremus. While respecting the traditions and values of Tokaj, they brought with them their philosophy of perfection to Hungary. Oremus was selected as “Winery of the Year” in 2001. Before the WWII, the estate in Tolcsva with the beautiful Mansion on it was owned by Károly Kurucz, who was the first President of the Tokaj-Hegyalja Wine Growing Communities Council, founded in 1928. A total of 115 hectares of vineyards are found in 12 excellent growths all over the region, amongst them famous 1st Class Growths such as Deák, Henye, Cziróka, Gyopáros, Mandulás, Szentvér, Kútpatka and Oremus near Sátoraljaújhely, which gave the name to the winery. Oremus was the vineyard from which Chaplain Laczkó Szepsi harvested the botrytised grapes to make the first Aszú ever, to present it to Prince Rákóczi’s wife Zsuzsanna Lorántffy for Easter in 1631. The grape variety for this first Aszú was – Oremus (today named Zéta).
This Sárospatak seated winery was founded in 1992, together with Château Megyer, by their French owners. Their shared winery owns the Rákóczi Cellar in Sárospatak, close to the castle. This cellar is one of the oldest estates of the wine region. Today, the winery is solely owned by Jean-Louis Laborde, who is also the proprietor of Château Clinet in Pomerol. The name Pajzos refers to a vineyard in Bodrogolaszi. The winery cultivates around 70 hectares of vineyards there. Most likely, the Pajzos vineyard is related to the wedding of Anna Pajzos of Sáros to a member of the Dókus family in 1899. They have been prominent vineyards owners in Hegyalja since the 17th century. Pajzos might have been created partly from the Dókus estates.
This family-winery was founded by Antal Pauleczki sen. in Tolcsva. It is one of the bigger producers in Tokaj-Hegyalja with its 45 hectares of cultivated and another 15 hectares of uncultivated area. The vines grow on famous hills around Tolcsva, which are Mandulás, Szentvér, Budaházi, Petuska, Zsadányi, Örzés and also Kincsém, which was formerly Baron Waldbott´s property. Today the company is leaded by the founder´s children Antal Pauleczki jun. and Dr. Zsuzsanna Pauleczki. The estate's underground ageing cellars were built between the 15th and 17th centuries, and allow to the storage of more than one thousand barrels. Paulecki-Vin is the only winery in the region which is specialized in Muscat Lunel Aszú and Essencia production.
The Royal Tokaji Wine Company, founded in 1990, has become one of the most defining wineries in Tokaj. It is the oldest winery founded by foreign investors, including Hugh Johnson, one of the most renowned wine authors in the world. From the outset, Royal Tokaji decided to concentrate on producing single-growth wines from the first class growths of Nyulaszo, Szt Tamas and Betsek, as well as Mezes Maly, which is one of the two Great First Growths in the region. In 2010, Royal Tokaji won a place in the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries of the Year. Royal Tokaji owns over 100 hectares of vineyards.
The Szepsy family started winegrowing in Tokaj-Hegyalja already by the end of the 16th century. István Szepsy, who is one of Hungary´s most important winemakers (Winemaker of the Year 2001), developed his winery continuously, after his father lost the major part of his vineyards after the World War II. István Szepsy´s wines are amongst the best in the Tokaj region. He focuses on radical limitation of harvest (maximum 400 litres of Aszú per hectar). Not only the aszú berries, also the berries for the base wine are manually selected. Today the winery owns 63 hectares of cultivated area at premium sites such as Kiraly, Danczka, Urágya, Betsek and Nyulas.
After purchasing a 400-years-old estate (formerly owned by an Hungarian noble family) in the historical village of Mád, three musicians from Germany founded Tokaj Classic in 1998. They cultivate 14.5 hectares of vineyards in the excellent Mád-seated sites Juharos, Betsek and Kiraly. Tokaj Classic´s six puttonyos Aszú won the gold medal for six consecutive years at the International Wine & Spirit Competition of London, which makes them the most successful Hungarian winery at this prestigious competition.
Since 1971 the Tóth family is producing own wines as a family winery. Their cellar, located in the middle of the old town of Tokaj, is over 300 years old. The Tóth family owns 3.5 hectares of prime vineyards, of which 2 hectares are on Palota dülö at the foot of Tokaj mountain. This small tract (not to be confused with the Palota Hill in Tállya) already existed in 1573, and is part of the southeast-facing Kis-Mézesmáj vineyard, which was rated 1st Class in 1798 and 1867. Another 1.5 hectares are in Holdvölgy ("Moon Valley") at the north-western corner of Mád. Holdvölgy was rated 2nd Class in 1798 and 1867.
Established in 1993 by Vince Gergely, the Úri Borok winery is a family company with 10,4 ha vineyards in three different sites: Bojta, Danczka and the prominent Szent Tamás vineyard, of which they have the most beautiful part, the southern slope. The management is determined by low yields and late, selective harvest. Grape processing and aging take place in our 400 meter long and over 300 years old cellar, which was formerly owned by Baron Orczy. Vince Gergely makes his wines mainly from old Furmint and Harslevelü vines, although he uses Muscat Lunel in the preparation of his fermenting must. The name Úri Borok refers to a winery which existed in Mád between the World Wars. This producer was rated "outstanding", (amongst Szepsy and Royal Tokaji), in Parker´s Wine Buyer´s Guide.
A beautiful Essencia from the outstanding Danczka vineyard. Behind the beauty of this Essencia lies a powerful golden goddess, whose soul and magic is contained within the orange blossom honey nectar.
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„The count himself came forward and took off the cover of a dish, and I fell to at once on an excellent roast chicken. This, with some cheese and a salad and a bottle of old tokay, of which I had two glasses, was my supper.”
Abraham „Bram” Stoker