Tokaj wine region UNESCO site, Northern Hungary
Located in the north-eastern part of Hungary. The cultural landscape of Tokaj demonstrates the long tradition of wine production in this region of low hills and river valleys. The vineyards, farms, villages and small towns, with their historic networks of deep wine cellars, all illustrates the production of the famous Tokaj wines. The quality and management of which have been strictly regulated for nearly three centuries.
Tokaj wine region represents a distinct viticultural tradition that has existed for at least a thousand years and which has survived intact up to the present. In 1703, Francis Rákóczi II, Prince of Transylvania, gave King Louis XIV of France some Tokaji wine from his Tokaj estate as a gift. The Tokaji wine was served at the French Royal court at Versailles. Delighted with the precious beverage, the king offered a glass of Tokaji to Madame de Pompadour, referring to it as "Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum" ("Wine of Kings, King of Wines").
Emperor Franz Josef (who was also King of Hungary) had a tradition of sending Queen Victoria Tokaji Aszú wine, as a gift, every year on her birthday, one bottle for every month she had lived, twelve for each year. On her eighty-first and final birthday (1900), this totaled an impressive 972 bottles.
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