New discoveries from Tokaj

An annual vintage report could never be complete if we only returned to the same places every year. Each year we intend to provide the opportunity to small, upcoming wineries, although we have no idea for how long we will have enough room on the Tokaj shelves. In connection with 2015, we tasted the wines of more than a dozen wineries, and it’s apparent that Tokaj is unstoppable in producing new talents. It’s possible that the vintage has spoilt us but we have rarely tasted so many exciting, great wines from small producers. Now, we’ve selected six wines from three young companies, but if we had listened to our hearts instead of our brains, it could have been three times as many as that. We’ve already fallen for them, and it’s quite likely that the mutual story will continue next year. 


Montium – Legyesbénye


“Although the winery’s name refers to the word mountain, we are not blessed with names: we work in Legyesbénye on Fúló Hill and our northern vineyard is called Kutyafagyó (lit. dog freezer). It is nice to win from here,” says winemaker Péter Csorba, who together with his friend, Ferenc Ringer, has been making wine in the quiet and neat village next to Szerencs since 2013. “We’ve got two aims: to make very good wines, for which we receive a lot of help from Judit Bott, and to put Legyesbénye, the gate of the wine region, back on the Tokaj map.”



Budaházy-Fekete kúria


A baroque palace next to the Bénye stream with the blue-eyed, oenologist-winemaker Rémusz Dávid and his architect other-half in it. Our friend, András Bacsó, called our attention to them: a 17th century cellar, diligence and dedication, natural winemaking, lots of manual labour and the spraying material is most often the micro-powder of volcanic minerals. 



TR Művek


The three lads from Budapest still argue whether it is TR, TR Művek (TR Works) or Tállya Radicals. “We are young, and fans of Tokaj and wine. Local tradition is important, although in the meantime we are seeking something new for which the basis is given by the more than 30-year-old vines of the Palota vineyard. We work on only 4.5 hectares but we work persistently in order to find our place. A summer Hárslevelű, grilling on the terrace, aszú in the cellar. Everybody works happily and with love, the music is loud, friends pop in. Tokaj is our second home now.”