Every now and then it is important to remember that Hungary is more than just a well-stocked pool of film professionals and great locations. With more and more tourists and international businesses discovering this great nation, recent years have experienced tremendous evolution in traditional cultures, like dining, fashion, and art. This extends to wine-making as well. Hungarian wines are not very well known outside the country, and most visitors are taken off guard by just how good they are, and how far they have come since the days of government-made ‘Bull’s Blood’. But slowly the craft and care that goes into the centuries old tradition is beginning to be recognized abroad. Of course Hungary leads with its strong suit: the famous wines of Northeast region of Tokaj.
The big news is that this year – for the first time – Hungarian wines took home medals at the prestigious Sommelier Wine Awards in England. The big winner was Szent Tamás (St. Thomas) Cellar, which won three medals in the competition. According to the site Abouthungarianwine.com, “the “Furmint selection 2011″ from Percze-dűlő and the late-harvest sweet wine ‘No.3909’, also from 2011, won gold medals, whilst ‘Mád Dry Furmint 2012’ won the ‘Commended’ medal. Silver medals were awarded to the dry furmint 2012 from Royal Tokaj Cellar and the late-harvest ‘Katinka 2011’ of the Patricius Wine House.”
The Tokaj brand is becoming increasingly known around the world. And it is a brand worth watching, as evinced by the EU’s decision to make it a protected destination of origin, much like Champagne or Emmentaler cheese. It is of course the dessert wines, the Azsú and Essencia, that have gained international fame and are sought after by wine enthusiasts of every nationality. Much of the region’s success is due to its sweet wines. But as the Sommelier Wine Awards show, the dry wines are also making an impression. Hollywood may have its ‘Martini Shot’; can we humbly suggest when in Hungary to revising this to a ‘Tokaj Take’?
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