Why explore Hungary’s historic Tokaj wine region?
Can you name a Hungarian wine? When asked this questions, most will simply scratch their heads and shake their heads. Some may have heard of the sweet white wine coming from the Tokaj wine region… Believe it or not, Hungary’s wine-making history goes back to ancient times. The Hungarian word for wine – ‘bor’ does not derive from Latin, which makes some scientists argue that wine was made and consumed here long before the Romans started planting vineyards.
In the Middle Ages, Hungary was best known for the sweet Tokaji Aszu which was dubbed ‘the king of wines and the wine of kings’ and was the drink of choice for the likes of Louis XIV and Peter the Great. Unfortunately, under Communism, wine production was nationalized and Hungary’s historic wine traditions, grape diversity, and established quality were mostly forgotten in the pursuit of mass-produced and low-quality quantities to be exported to the vast market of the Soviet Union.