Hungary: The Tokaj-Hegyalja Wine Region

According to the winemaking legends of Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary, “The fairy queen has lost her love and her falling teardrops have made these hills so magically fertile—and that is why the local wines are so sweet and sun-kissed…” What is not legend is that this wine region was deemed a World Heritage site in 2002. There are records of vineyards from the 12th century and some even believe that the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region dates back to Celtic times. Tokaj-Hegyalja is known for its Tokaji Aszu, a sweet botrytised wine made from Botrytis. The noble rot that is caused from the fungus gives the wine its sweetness, aromatic fragrance and complexity.

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Gróf Degenfeld Winery

Gróf Degenfeld Winery was founded in 1996 by Thomas Lindner and Marie Degenfeld. The estate is located on approximately 247 acres of land and features historic buildings from the 1800’s. If you are looking to spend more than just an afternoon, you will love Gróf Degenfeld Winery with it luxurious hotel, fine wines and unique wine tastings that allow you to choose your own wine.

Customizable wine tastings
Historic cellar tour
Homemade scones
Organic wine
Gróf Degenfeld Castle Hotel
Event Center

Suggestion(s): 2011 Gróf Degenfeld Furmint Sparkling Wine, a dry white wine with a creamy citrus flavor


Disznóko specializes in Aszu winemaking, producing sweet wines made from nature. Part of the World Heritage Site of Tokaj, Disznóko has been growing grapes since 1732. If you love to learn about nature and its historical and natural growing processes, you should schedule your educational visit at Disznóko today. Disznóko says, “Our guiding principle is always the pursuit of absolute purity of fruit, freshness and balance combined with the power and depth of the botrytised grapes.”

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Wine tastings
Guided tour of the vineyards & cellar
Wine boutique
Restaurant serving traditional Hungarian cuisine

Suggestion(s): Disznóko Kapi Vineyard Tokaj Aszu 6 Puttonyos, a rare wine with limited production

Oroszlános Borvendéglo

Oroszlános Borvendéglo offers you a resort style winery experience, giving you opportunities to taste some wine, sample legendary dishes, and tour the village. Whether you’re looking for a countryside getaway, a romantic weekend, or an adventure with the family, Oroszlános Borvendéglo´ gives you lots of options for you to enjoy yourself.

Mansion from the 1600’s
Wine tastings
Bicycles for rent to tour the village
Horse rides
Outdoor patio & garden

Suggestion(s): 2013 Chardonnay


Füleky is a wine estate that believes in “the personalized meeting of old and new—our wines share balance and Elegance.” Füleky takes its name from György Füleky, the creator of the First Tokaj Wine Growers’ Society. Internationally known for its unique architecture, this winery won the 2011 International Building Award. Come see this unique building with its medieval stone, oak accents and blend of modern concrete.

Dinner & dancing
Wine tasting, where you can create your own wine tasting list
Walking tour of the mansion & estate grounds
Canoe tour
Artisan market

Suggestion(s): 2013 Kabar, the newest wine cultivated in the Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary region,

The Dereszla

The Dereszla’s history dates back to the 15th century and the original cellar is still used today. Traditional winemaking is emphasized, while new blends continue to be developed. You can enjoy unique water adventures as you sip your wine and travel through the water. If you’re looking for a relaxing, historic and educational day trip, this is the winery for you.

Wine tasting
River trips
Cellar tour
Harvest experience where you can pick your own grapes

Suggestion(s): 2009 Sauvignon Blanc or 2010 Dorombor Dry, a blend of Furmint, Hárslevelű and Sárgamuskotály

Erzsebet Pince

Erzsebet Pince is a small and intimate winery that houses wine cellars dating back to 1743. Owned by Hajni Pracser, this winery specializes in single-vineyard wines. You can schedule your personalized tour with the owner and learn the intricacies of winemaking. Erzsebet Pince says, “We believe in single vineyard wines as expressions of individual terroirs, but we also make estate blends from dry to dessert wines.”

Wine tasting inside the Torch Room or inside the historic cellar
Public and private cellar tours
Light snacks
Walking trails
Vineyard tours

Suggestion(s): 2011 Zafír Vineyard, a dry wine with a fruity flavor

Tokaj-Portius Winery

Tokaj-Portius Winery is a small and modern winery that produces wine from Furmint, Hárslevelű, Muscat Lunel and Chardonnay. The cellar is part of the World Heritage Site of Tokaj. Come tour this 4-story cellar carved from volcanic rock. You will feel like you you’re walking through an ancient cave filled with the fragrances of fermenting grapes.

Wine tastings
Cheese platters
Cold or hot buffet
Live gypsy music
Cellar tours

Suggestion(s): 2006 Hárslevelű, a sweet wine and winner of the Gold Medal, VII. International Wine Contest, Odessa

Why Tokaj-Hegyalja?

The Tokaj-Hegyalja is located in northeastern Hungary and is known to have some of the oldest vineyards in Europe. Because this wine region was deemed a World Heritage site in 2002, you are sure to find a sweet vintage wine that pleases your palate. You can control your own wine tasting experience with customizable varieties and personalized instruction. Organic, sweet, dry, sparkling and blended wines are available for you to choose. Sip your wine with your loved one aboard a romantic canoe or embark on an adventurous river trip. If you want to go exploring on your own, you can rent a bicycle and explore the nearby villages at your own pace. Take a cellar tour and finish your day off at one of the many winery hotels. In Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary, you control your own winery experience—and who doesn’t like a trip that’s tailor-made just for them? Go dream, create, sip, experience and live the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine experience!



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