„Let us pray“ First Class Growth

szepsi The history of this vineyard in Sátoraljaújhely dates to at least the 13th century, when the Roman Catholic Pauline Order had established a cloister here. The name „Let us pray“ suggests, that the Pauliners developed this vineyard in that period. During the early 1500's, the land was confiscated and became property of the landed nobility. According to the legend, the first aszú wine from botrytized grapes was produced from this vineyard. By most accounts, that happened around 1620. At that time, Zsuzsanna Lórántffy (1600-1660), the wife of Prince George Rákóczi I, had a large vineyard on Oremus under the direction of the Calvinist preacher László Maté Szepsi, who is today considered to be the inventor of the modern aszú wine. Because of warfare with the Ottoman Turks, grapes had to remain on the vine longer than usual and thus decayed by noble rot. Szepsi used the large harvest of botrytized grapes to make a new sort of later harvested sweet wine, which we know today as Aszú.

The inventor of the Tokaji Aszú: Szepsi Laczkó Máté (1576–1633)


However, Szepsi served his creation to Princess Zsuzsanna only after more than ten years, in commemoration of the Easter celebrations in 1631. The ducal family Bretzenheim owned Oremus in the Imperial era until the family extincted in the 1860's. Today the vineyard is property of the Oremus winery.

>> Oremus on the Tokaj Map

varoldal Varoldal, near Sároraljaújhely in 1867. On the slope between the hills Sátorhegy on the right and Várhegy in the middle, there is the Oremus vineyard.

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