Sauska Tokaj

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The name of Krisztián Sauska has been well-known in Hungarian viticulture since the mid-1990s when he invested heavily in Tokaj and built a world-class winery. Sauska is obsessed with quality. The seat of the Tokaj winery became the renovated former casino of the city, a noble mansion. The central building of the winery in Villány is a symbiosis of modern-day modernity and natural materials of the Villány mountain range.

Sauska left Hungary in 1969 as a 19-year-old (with three bottles of Tokay in his pocket) to try his luck in America. In 1983 he founded a company for the production of special fluorescent tubes, nowadays even NASA uses the fluorescent tubes of Krisztián Sauska at their space shuttles. In an area of ​​43 hectares in Tokaj annually 130,000 bottles are produced. Depending on the particular characteristics of the individual layers, fermentation takes place in small containers or in barrels (230-500 liters). The simpler wines, which are fresh on the market, are fermented in containers and receive only partial aging in oak barrels.

The maturing cellar has a storage capacity of 200 predominantly Hungarian and French barrels. Here every batch is treated separately, its development is checked and documented daily.


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 the 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.