Tokaj

Tokaj

The south and southeast slopes above Tokaj, in the northeast corner of Hungary, are perfect for growing wine grapes. The area has a microclimate that is friendly to the Botrytis cincerea strain of grape mold that, under the right conditions, concentrates the natural sugars in white grapes left on the vines.  This fungus is the reason that Hungary’s late-harvest dessert wine is so sweet and rich that King Luis XIV called it “the wine of kings, the king of wines.” The Hapsburgs for centuries owned a large winery in Tokaj.

PUBLISHED: July 24, 2013