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The sweetest of sweets

sweet wine

Tokaj Szamorodni is from the Tokaj-hegyalja wine region, originating from the first half of the 19th century. The first ones to produce and consume were the Polish. Its name is also of polish origin: samorodny, meaning self-grown, as it grows, wilks and dries by itself.

What sets it apart from ordinary wines is that it is made from bunches of grapes which contain a high proportion of botrytised grapes.  Szamorodni is typically higher in alcohol than ordinary wine. Szamorodni often contains up to 100-120 g of residual sugar and thus is termed sweet. However, when the bunches contain less botrytised grapes, the residual sugar content is much lower, resulting in a dry wine. Its alcohol content is typically 14%.

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, where it became known as Tokay. Delighted with the precious beverage, Louis XV of France offered a glass of Tokaji to Madame de Pompadour, referring to it as “Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum” (“Wine of Kings, King of Wines“). This famous line is used to this day in the marketing of Tokaji wines.

Come and try the very best of Tokaji wines on our Wine Tasting Cruise!

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