Simko Winery

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Winemaker/owner Sándor Simko has been making wine since 1983, first for a Hungarian state winery and after communism for a French winery. His family has made wine for generations on the same land. After the end of the communist era his family reclaimed a tiny portion of the land and then he started his own winery and vineyards. His tasting room and storage cellar is over 400 years old. This region is famous for its sweet wines made from grapes affected by noble rot (botrytis). Aszú is the most well-known wine produced this way, it's a world-famous, topaz-colored, extremely sweet dessert wine. Tokaji wine has been served in Royal Courts of France, England, Austria, Hungary, Russia for centuries.


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 Aszu are due to its activity. It became world famous in 1703, when Prince Franz Rákóczi II gave an outburst 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.