Tokaj

Rakoczi wine cellar in Tokaj

Tokaj is a small town in north-eastern Hungary, famous worldwide for its white wines. It is the center of Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region.

There is as well a region called Tokaj in south eastern part of Slovakia. Produces very similar Tokaj wines to hungarian ones, some may be different particularly new modern wines. Historically original Tokaj region was split after WW2 by Trianon agreement and there is ongoing fight of Hungarian wine-makers (supported by politicians) to deny Slovak Tokaj wine producers and their qualities.

Understand

Remember that Tokaj produces only white wines and most of them are sweet dessert wines.

Get in

Take a train from Budapest (Keleti pu) to Nyíregyháza and step out at Tokaj. The ticket costs about 15 euros. With direct connection it takes about 2.40 from Budapest.

Get around

On foot, easily.

You can order wine bus at the Tourinform Tokaj (Tel.:+36-47-352259; e-mail: tokaj@tourinform.hu).

By ship on the River Bodrog and Tisza (You can take part in a wine ship trip, more inf. at Tourinform Tokaj).

By train to the neighbour villages, towns at the wine region (eg. Tarcal, Szerencs).

Buy

The best place to buy wines in Hungary. Nowadays Tokaj has plenty of independent wine producers and the quality of wine varies a lot. So take a tour in cellars and taste before you buy. Hétszőlő (see picture) and Hímesudvar wines are good choice.

Do

Eat

Fish soup (Halászlé) - a special Hungarian soup from many fish from the Tisza and Bodrog rivers

Fried keszeg / harcsa /süllő - a fried fish. You can eat them at Bonchidai Restaurant.

Tokaj wine cream soup - a sweet soup from Tokaj wine.


As there is a perfect balance between sugar and acidity even in wines with high residual sugar (like 5 or 6 puttonyos aszú) due to the soil and climatic conditions as well as the traditional grape varieties of the region, it is a golden rule that Tokaj wines are not restricted to the role of dessert wines. Also, the high extract content and the minerality of the wines never let sweetness become overwhelming. As they have a clean and long finish and they are never cloying, Tokaj wines are ideal as an aperitif.

Apart from the classic foie gras, it is worth trying different entrées based on meat, fish, or vegetables. A surprising range of main dishes, mainly fish or poultry in sauce can be accompanied by Tokaj wines, including sweet wines.

Tokaj wines can form perfect harmony with some cheeses having a strong taste (blue cheeses, aged cheeses).

Tokaj wines are ideal with desserts based on fruit (primarily apricot, peach, quince, melon, mango), cheese cakes or sweets prepared with nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds).


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