Located outside of Mád— the “Capital of Sweet Wines”— the vineyards of Tokaj Classic comprise 8 hectares in two of the very first classified Grand Cru vineyards of the world, Királyand Betsek. The winery is managed by two classical musicians, and unlike wineries in other regions, creates wine employing a completely unique and highly complex methodologypractised only in Tokaj.
Winemaker and oenologist, Imre Galambosi is a local and his family has made Tokaji for generations. The winery's single goal is to produce one of the greatest and perhaps most unique sweet wines in the world; they are deeply proud to be a small part of a tradition which can be traced back over 1,000 years.
With plenty of natural yeast on the berries and in the cellars of the winery, there is no need to add any; fermentation is carried out slowly at its own pace, in stainless steel for the Late Harvest and in136L gönci barrels for the Aszú. Using the traditional method of soaking aszú (botrytised dried berries) in a finished wine, these amazingly concentrated and rich wines are created with the perfect balance of acidity.
The wines are made in a traditional style and have a distinctive complexity which is locally described as originating from the grand cru “terroir”. They have been awarded six consecutive Gold Medals at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (UK) for the Aszú 6 puttonyos. This international success is without parallel in the recent history of Hungarian wine.
We feel privileged to work with Tokaj Classic who is making “tokaji” naturally, traditionally, and on a hand-crafted scale.