Gróf Degenfeld

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GRÓF DEGENFELD

The past of the Graf von Degenfeld family of German-Hungarian origin takes us back to early medieval Switzerland. They can be found in Hungary and Transylvania from the beginning of the 19th century, and through their excellent vineyards they played an important role in the history of Tokaj. Count Imre von Degenfeld, one of the most important landowners in Tokaj, participated as a founding member in the work of the Tokaj-Hegyalja Wine Craftsmen Association, which was founded in 1857. The family emigrated to Germany in 1964 after being deprived of their estates.

In 1994 they decided to continue the tradition of more than a hundred years and to revive the family winery. In order to achieve this, they bought a traditional wine cellar and 100 hectares of land, which is one of the best, first-class sites of Tokaj-Hegyalja. The Graf Degenfeld Winery was the first to consistently start with fully organic farming, which today covers the entire actively used area of 35 hectares in total. In this way their first organic wine could see the light of day in 2012. The 3-, 5-, and 6-butte outbreak wines (Tokaji Aszú), Tokaj Essence and Andante have already received numerous prestigious international awards.

Tokaj

The Tokaj wine region is the first closed wine region in the world - from 1737 - and since 2002 it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The volcanic bedrock of the vineyard, the sunny slopes and the microclimate determined by the rivers Tisza and Bodrog together support the formation of the noble mould (Botrytis Cinerrea), which is essential for the subsequent eruption.

The noble cellar mould (Cladosporium cellare), which thickly covers the walls of the cellars, occurs - in contrast to the noble mould - all over the world only here and in the wine cellars on the Rhine. This fungus plays an important role in the quality of Tokaj wines, because its activity is responsible for the unique taste, aroma, bouquet, dark golden yellow colour and relatively high alcohol content of around 14% by volume of Tokaji Aszu.

It became world famous in 1703 when Prince Francis Rákóczi II gave a Tokaj Aszu to the French King Louis XIV, who apostrophized it as follows: "Le vin des rois et le roi des vins", better known in Latin as "vinum regum, rex vinorum", i.e. "wine of kings, king of wines". From this moment on, it became a highly esteemed drink of kings, tsars, famous artists (Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Frederick II, Voltaire, Goethe, Mozart and Schubert) and one of the most successful means of diplomacy. The widespread belief among doctors in the 15th century that its consumption had a healing, regenerative effect contributed to its success, and so it also appeared on the shelves of pharmacies under the name VINUM TOKAJENSE PASSUM.