Grand Tokaj

Hungary

Grand Tokaj, formerly the Tokaji Kereskedóház Rt, owns 70 hectares of vineyard in Hungary’s world renowned Tokaj-Hegyyalja, Unesco World Heritage. The winery is currently undergoing significant renovation as part of its ongoing commitment to quality winemaking. Grand Tokaj is best known for its sweet Aszú wines which are made using traditional winemaking techniques dating back to the 1630’s. A base wine is made in September from healthy grapes, then from mid-October, raisin-like, sugar-rich Aszú grapes are handpicked into ‘puttony’ baskets and lightly crushed. Either 3, 4, 5 or 6 ‘puttony’ (25 kg) of Aszú grapes are added to 136 litres of base wine which then undergoes maceration and a second fermentation. The wine is then aged in small oak barrels for a minimum of 4 years and a further 9 months in bottle before release. Aszú wines are delicious drunk on their own or with nuts, foie gras, blue cheese and most desserts.

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