Grand Tokaj Winery

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GRAND TOKAJ

Grand Tokaj is the leading Hungarian winery in state ownership, a guardian and protector of our national winemaking traditions in its position as the largest winery in the historical Tokaj-Hegyalja Wine Region, bearer of the title of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its activities consist principally of winemaking and wine sales, organising wine tastings, and the cultivation and procurement of grapes for wine production.

Formerly operating under the name of Tokaj Kereskedőház, the winery set off on the path of renewal in 2013, as part of the company’s fresh commitment to the production of quality wines. The full transformation process entails the ongoing construction of a modern winemaking complex that fulfils the demands of the 21st century, as well as the updating of the winery’s corporate and product image. The aforementioned name change being one important milestone in the history of the winery. The transformation was necessary not only for the company to be able to break into the global market with products of an improved standard, but also in order to ensure that Tokaj wines once again assume their rightful place on the international market for quality wines.

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The Tokaj winegrowing area is the first closed winegrowing area 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 mold (Botrytis Cinerrea), which is essential for the subsequent eruption.

The noble basement mold (Cladosporium cellare) thickly covering the walls of the cellars - unlike the noble mold - is found here and in the wine cellars on the Rhine all over the world. This mushroom plays an important role in the quality of the Tokaj wines, because the unique taste of fresh bread, the fragrance, the bouquet, the dark golden color and the relatively high alcohol content around 14% by volume of Tokaji Aszu are due to its activity. It became world famous in 1703, when Prince Franz Rákóczi II gave a Tokaji 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: "vinum regum, rex vinorum", d. H. "Wine of Kings, King of Wines".

From that time on he became a highly esteemed drink of kings, czars, well-known artists (Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Frederick II, Voltaire, Goethe, Mozart and Schubert) and one of the most successful means of diplomacy. To his success contributed to the widespread in the 15th century among doctors that his consumption has a healing, regenerative effect, with, he came with the name VINUM TOKAJENSE PASSUM also on the shelves of pharmacies.