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Look, ma, I’m in Tokaj!
We kick off the second half of my Tokaj Furmint adventures this week with a visit to Basilicus Winery, an interesting endeavor that I think qualifies as an “urban” winery in Tokaj terms.
They compliment their tiny production of high-quality Furmint with services that include gastronomy tours and oenophile-centric events, encompassing local vinegar and food as well as wine.
I had a particularly fun time touring their source vineyards (and pretending to make wine barrels), as you’ll see in a few moments.
Furmint Adventures Episode 7: Basilicus Winery
Peeps! Here’s episode 6 of my Furmint adventures in Tokaj, in which I visit Sauska Winery, and give them grief over their green harvest practices. Ok, so I am sometimes not such a gracious guest. Oh, yeah – I also do a fan dance.
Fan dance, Sauska style
The wines are excellent, and the scenery typically gorgeous, so it’s just another day “at the office.”
Furmint Adventures Episode 6: Sauska Winery
In this episode of my Tokaj jaunt, I visit Erzsébet Cellars, where, as you’ll soon see, the concept of family cannot be easily escaped. Good thing they all get along…
Hajni Prácser, their Estate Manager who’s interviewed in the video, had this to say about the recent push behind dry Furmint:
“This focus on single vineyard Furmints is very recent here; it emerged only in the past two decades. We are very excited about their future. Tokaj’s historical vineyards are yielding exceptional dry wines year to year, wines that display remarkable character—and nuances of character—from site to site. I believe that one day Tokaj will be as well known for its great single vineyard Furmints as it is for its Aszu wines.”
Furmint Adventures Episode 5: Erzsébet Cellars
In episode four of my Hungarian jaunt in search of dry Furmint, I visit Paulay Winery and guest house. Yeah, the sertting is just as pretty as all of the previous Tokaj stops. Feel free to hate me!
The owners of Paulay (the Hudáks, who you will “meet” in the video below), have both a pretty and a pretty interesting site on their hands. First, their guest house is the former home of the 19th century playwright Ede Paulay, a celebrated figure in Hungarian history. Second, they’ve mirrored the historical connection in their tiny, steep vineyard, by experimenting with some traditional, pre-phylloxera grape varieties. And finally, while they’ve got a typically awesome moldy Hungarian cellar for aging their wines, their soil isn’t typical of the region.
Basically, it’s a wine geek’s Hungarian trifecta!
So… another beautiful landscape with historical vinous significance in Tokaj. I wish that I could tell you that makes this episode special, but I’m pretty sure you’re going to see quite a few more beautiful landscapes with historical significance before this is all over. Enjoy…
Furmint Adventures – Episode 4.: Paulay Winery