World famous Tokai wine tour

  • Destination: Hungary
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Price: euro499

History It is not known for how long vines have been grown on the volcanic soil of the fork of the rivers Bodrog and Hernád. This predates the settlement of the Magyar tribes to the region.[5] According to legend, the first aszú was made by Laczkó Máté Szepsi in 1630. However, mention of wine made […]

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History

It is not known for how long vines have been grown on the volcanic soil of the fork of the rivers Bodrog and Hernád. This predates the settlement of the Magyar tribes to the region.[5] According to legend, the first aszú was made by Laczkó Máté Szepsi in 1630. However, mention of wine made from aszú grapes had already appeared in the Nomenklatura of Fabricius Balázs Sziksai which was completed in 1576. A recently discovered inventory of aszú predates this reference by five years.
Tokaji wine became the subject of the world’s first appellation control, established several decades before Port wine, and over 120 years before the classification of Bordeaux. Vineyard classification began in 1730 with vineyards being classified into 3 categories depending on the soil, sun exposure and potential to develop noble rot, botrytis cinerea, first class, second class and third class wines. A royal decree in 1757 established a closed production district in Tokaj. The classification system was completed by the national censuses of 1765 and 1772.
In 1920, following the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a small part of the Tokaj wine region (approx. 1.75 km²) became part of Czechoslovakia due to the Treaty of Trianon, while the rest remained part of Hungary. After World War II, when Hungary became a Soviet-influenced state, Tokaji production continued with as many as 6,000 small producers, but the bottling and distribution were monopolized by the state-owned organization. Since the collapse of the communist regimes in 1990, a number of independent wineries have been established in the Tokaj wine region. A state-owned producer continues to exist and handles approximately 20% of the overall production.

Day 1
• Welcome at Vienna / Budapest / Bratislava airport / railway station, transfer to Štúrovo, hotel check in.
• City tour of  Štúrovo, Chateau Belá (www.chateau-bela.com) wine tasting,
• Lunch at Welya (www.welya.eu),
• In the afternoon visit to Esztergom (The famous and the 3rd biggest Basilica in Europe)
• Dinner and wine tasting at Prímás Pince wine-cultural and tourism center (www.primaspince.hu)

Day 2
• After breakfast transfer to Tolcsva, wine tasting, visit to vineyards and lunch at Tokaj Oremus (www.tokajoremus.com)
• Accommodation and dinner with wine tasting at Király Panzió (www.kiralypanzio.hu)

Day 3
• After breakfast  transfer to Tokaj, wine tasting, tour of the winery and lunch at Tokaj-Hetszolo, the 5-century old famous winery, declared World Heritage site by UNESCO (www.tokajhetszolo.com),
• We continue the Tokaj tour in the afternoon
• Accomodation and dinner at Tokaj Hotel (www.tokajhotel.hu)

Day 4
• After breakfast proceed to Mezőzombor, wine tasting, sightseeing and lunch at Disznókő (www.disznoko.hu),
• In the afternoon transfer to Budapest airport / railway station

Price includes: Accommodation with breakfast, transfers between cities, all wine tastings, all meals, and all entrance fees
Price excludes: Airfare to/from Vienna or Budapest or Bratislava, travel insurance,  any other costs not included in the package