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Tokay in the world's top 10 wine region

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The Wine Enthusiast Magazine (US) selected the world's best wine travel destinations, and the Hungarian Tokay-Hegyalja historical wine region is proudly among them!

Wine Enthusiast Magazine is a well known, world famous expert of wines and wine regions. They brand new list of wine travel destinations shows you where are the overall best places to taste wines in the world.

According to the thematic publication, which has a circulation of 700 thousand copies and also boasts 300 thousand online readers, it is not only the wines or the beauty of the landscape that are worth a visit to the region, but also its cuisine and the numerous events held there.


Why Tokay? It recommends bicycle trails, kayaking down the Bodrog River, as well as hiking in the Zemplén Mountains. The article points out that the Tokaji aszú produced here was rightly deemed the wine of kings, the king of wines by King Louis XIV. Its authors emphasise that it is not just the aszú that is worth tasting, but the other wines as well.

According to the magazine, one of the most esteemed wine trade journals in the United States, the best wine travel destinations of 2012 include:

Central Otago, New Zealand
Champagne, France
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Mosel Valley, Germany
Napa Valley, United States
Santa Barbara, United States
Tokaj-Hegyalja, Hungary
Priorat-Cambrils, Spain
Virginia, United States
Veneto, Italy


Tokay located in the foothills of Northern Hungary, the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region has been famous for its delicious sweet wines for centuries. Wine has been produced here since the third century, but the region became internationally renowned when Louis XIV served it to his court at Versailles in 1703 and named it the “wine of kings, the king of wines.” France produces a similar and perhaps better-known wine—Sauternes—whose sugar is also concentrated by botrytis, or noble rot. In 2002, UNESCO declared Tokaj a World Heritage Site and recognized more than 1,000 continuous years of Tokaji Aszú production. (source:

Don’t forget to visit Tokay Wine Festival this year: 1st – 3rd. June. There will be a special experience-train you can travel between Budapest and Tokay.

Read more about Tokay! Click here!