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Wine-producing region

The wine producing region called Tokajhegyalja is a small Garden of Eden, the outcome of the love between the blessed Hungarian soil and the eternal life begetting sunshine. Its unparalleled geographical location, the nearness of the Carpathians, the favourable continental climate, the excellent suitability of its loess and clayey soils, the ecological and economic worth of indigenous kinds of grape grown here (Furmint, Hárslevelű, Sárgamuskotály, Zéta, Kövérszőlő), the late harvesting time, the microbiological process of Aszú production together with the industrious work, the love of grape and wine as well as hundreds of years experience of the people living here made Tokajhegyalja become a great and historical wine producing region. Ferenc Kölcsey one of the greatest Hungarian poets who wrote our National Anthem on the 23rd of January 1823 also mentioned this region in the anthem:

"Thou dripped nectar on the vines of Tokay."

Geographyc and climatic features of Tokajhegyalja:

Location

The historical vine growing area lies in the North-East corner of Hungary, between Northern latitudes 48o 7’ and 48o 25’ and between Eastern longitudes 38o 50’ and 39o 22’.

Climate

Dry continental, average annual temperature is 10.6 Co, average annual precipitation 450 – 500 mm, sunlit hours are 1900-2200, total heat sum during vegetation season is 2200–2800 C.

Soils

In the Tokaj-Tarcal region eroded loess, in the Tolcsva-Sárospatak-Sátoraljaújhely region strongly bound clayey soils originated from volcanic basal rocks. In the Mád-Tállya region brown forestial soils mixed with clayey soils. Ecological characteristics of the historical wine producing region are extremely fit for producing wine specialties.


"The greatness of Tokay resides in more than 400 volcanoes."