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From Mythic Origins to Modern Allure, Hungary’s Royal Tokaji Wines

“Two hours east of Budapest, where the Great Hungarian Plain meets the Zemplén mountains (a precursor to the Carpathians), furmint and yellow muscat grapes grow from volcanic soil in well-attended rows. After fog collects, but before the sun burns it all way, a “noble rot” takes over the fruit—and something rather special is born. This is Hungary’s Tokaji wine region and the nectar produced is one of exceptional merit—and centuries of lore. It’s referenced everywhere from the Hungarian National Anthem to Bram Stoker’s Dracula and even an episode of Mad Men. But despite its origins predating 1571, it’s a relatively small player in today’s global wine market. People need to be reminded that Louis XIV referred to it as the “Wine of Kings, King of Wines,” because something magical exists in each bottle. And no brand embodies the ethos and excellence of the terroir quite like Royal Tokaji. In the midst of dry wines lauded with acclaim, Royal Tokaji produces sweet wines that tap into a type of wonder that so many wine lovers can appreciate.”

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David Graver, September 5, 2018
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From Mythic Origins to Modern Allure, Hungary’s Royal Tokaji Wines