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Szepsy

The wine of kings and the king of wines" according to Louis XIV

 

As early as the end of the 16th century, the Szépsy family is active in winemaking in the Hungarian sweet wine region, Tokaj. Even during the communist rule, István Szépsy senior succeeds in cultivating a small vineyard independently until into the 1970’s. After the death of his father, the current business owner, István junior plants four hectares of his own vines in 1975, the yield of which he has to deliver to the state combine, however. When the political system changes in 1990 in Hungary Szépsy is prepared to produce and market wines under his own name.

 

In now, Szépsy annual production of dry wines 38,000 bottles, Aszú 7,000 bottles, Szamorodni 12,000 bottles.All Grapes plant in 16 terroirs in 6 villages in most famous Szent Tamás, Király, Nyúlászó, Betsek vineyard, plant with 72% Furmint, 22% Hárslevelű, 6% Muscat Lunel. All wine no fertilizers, organic material, pesticides nor herbicides green harvests 3 times, selective harvest , Aszú grapes (botrytised) picking berry by berry – 12 kg/day/picker. local yeasts, no enzymes, barrel fermentation, old deep cellars, with mould on the wall Aszú aging 40 months in Hungarian oak small barrels (225L), low sulfur level. In mid-October, all vineyards of Burgundy has long been harvested, leave dead branches and those branches of unripe grapes. But, in the Tokaj vineyard, grapes are just beginning their transformation to the top rum. Since the Bodrog and Tisza rivers surrounded by two, the river mist moisture often leads to diffuse. Coupled with the summer heat waves and warm sunshine on weekdays, botrytis mold growth and spread in the vineyards. Thus becomes shriveled grapes, but condensed, eventually led to the world's top sweet white wine.