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Tokaj

Hungary

Considered the oldest wine appellation in the world, the Tokaj wine region lies near the Tisza and Bodrog Rivers in northeastern Hungary. Centered on the town of Tokaj in the Hungarian foothills, the appellation is famous for its sweet, botrytized wines made from noble rot. The clay, or loess soil, and sunny microclimate are conducive to the proliferation of Botrytis Cinerea (noble rot), a fungus that produces fine and concentrated, sweet wines from the shriveled grapes. The wines are aged in the vast network of cellars carved out of solid rock below the region to produce unparalleled and intricate wines.

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Region

5,478 hectares of growing area

27 villages

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People

15,000 workers in the region

4,800 registered producers

588 wineries

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Production

10,000,000 liters produced annually

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Impact

€10,000,000 export value

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Primary Grape Varietals

Furmint

Hárslevelű

Sárga Muskotály (Yellow Muscat)

Zéta

Kövérszõlõ

Kabar

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Unique Fact 
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, the Tokaj wine region is widely considered the first appellation in the world. The area was officially delimited by royal decree in 1737, thereby introducing a system of strict appellation control for all Tokaji wines.
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