Tokaj Oremus Winery

Weingut Oremus Tokaj

GRÓF DEGENFELD

In 1993, just 3 years after the fall of Communism, the Alvarez family turned its sights to Hungary and founded Tokaj-Oremus. The estate's activities are mainly based in Tolcsva, where a modern winemaking winery was built in 1999 and is connected to the maze of cellars that have been found there since the 13th century.
The Álvarez family placed great emphasis on the respectful and detailed study of this wine to establish its production process and its history. It also strived as far as possible to conserve the tradition when it oversaw the works to build the new winery.
In order to manage the new project, which was based around one of the best located and most iconic vineyards of the region, it recruited a driven professional team, with in-depth knowledge of the land, and it looked for an experienced and full-time local winemaker to place it at the head of that group.

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.