5 CENTURIES OF HISTORY
Mysterious Mount Tokaj…seen from above, it rises above the autumn mists, its slopes gleaming with golden grapevines, and its summit overlooking the vast Hungarian plain into the distant southern horizon. In fine weather, you can even see Slovakia and Ukraine. The undisputed king of Hungarian vineyards, Mount Tokaj is located to the North of the country, 230 km east of Budapest. This legendary place produces exceptional wines, served at the court of Louis XIV, the latter said of Tokaj, it’s the “King of the Wines and The Wine of the Kings”.
“7 parcels of vineyard” = Hét-szőlő
There is a jewel in every crown. To the South side of Mount Tokaj, the Imperial Estate of Tokaj-Hétszőlő owns the most fertile land and the best vines, and since 1502 Nature has given more generously of its fruits here than anywhere else.The creation of the Estate owes nothing to chance: the Garai family simply selected the best 7 parcels of the Tokaj Mountain, hence the name: Hét-Szőlő means “7 parcels of vineyard” in Hungarian.
Unique and Noble Terroir
Wines, this admirable, were never going to remain a secret for very long… the parcels of the Tokaj-Hétszőlő Estate were classed as Tokaj Premier Cru as early as 1772, when the Estate still belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This distinction pays homage to the unique characteristics of what is an exceptional terroir.
The Special Style of the Hétszőlő Wines
Nature conspired to reunite all the conditions necessary on the Tokaj-Hétszőlő Estate for the much sought-after Botrytis cinerea to flourish – the land is a veritable treasure-trove. But when it comes to wine, you can never take anything for granted. Inspired by the mysterious powers of a single location, men have sought to marshal their know-how to promote this unique gift, making decisions without compromise and controlling yields in a constant search for ultimate quality.
For a long time, it was thought that the shimmering colour of the Aszús of Tokaj-Hétszőlő was a sign of gold… Alchemists even examined this strange phenomenon, but failed to find an explanation. One thing is sure: the peculiarities of the Hétszőlő terroir produce wines of great harmony and incomparable complexity, imbued with the smoothness and nose characteristic of loess soils.