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Vdovjak, Tokaj Wine Region

“A winemaker produces wine like himself. The winemaker should be himself and try to make wine in a way that he believes is right. Draw on the knowledge of history, from their experience and from the experience of generations of winemakers who made wine before it. Modern technologies can make the winegrowers and winemaker’s work easier and more efficient, but they should not fundamentally change the character and expression of his wines. Our aim is not to make the perfect wine. Any pursuit of perfection is the path to boredom and uniformity. Our goal is to produce wine that will reveal the beauty of Tokaj in Veľká Třňa in the most beautiful and true year.”

Vdovjak

History of our vineyard from the 18th century.

Veľká Třňa – our family winery- is located in the most beautiful village in Tokaj with a rich history, constantly connected with viticulture and wine. The invasion of the Turks and Crimean Tatars (1566) significantly affected the development of the village. Although the Turks did not consume wine, they almost understood that it was a very advantageous trade item. Therefore, the development of viticulture was supported and forced by the local population to establish vineyards and expand cellars. A record from 1715 confirms that there were 50 abandoned and only 12 inhabited households in Veľká Třňa. It was also the result of a plague epidemic that in the first decade of the 18th century affected Zemplín villages. The vineyard is also mentioned in Veľká Třňa in this record. The architectural landmark of Veľkje Třňa is the church of the Reformed Christian Church, originally Romanesque, from the middle of the 13th century.

Our grape varieties

Vdovjak wine vineyards are located on three Tokaj hunts in Veľká Třňa. They are hunts: Berecky, Fazekaš (Potter), and Montenegro (Fekete hegy). The vineyards are planted on the southern to southwestern steep slopes directly above the village. We grow Tokaj varieties Furmint, Lipovina, Muscat yellow, On the hunt Čierna hora there are also a few roots of Riesling vlašský.

Furmint – a variety that is the most widespread and beautiful in Tokaj. Late variety, giving direct and solid wines at full maturity, perfectly suited for further archiving. Late October or November harmint harvests give rise to monumental Bytrityck wines.

Lipovina – a popular variety giving refined spicy wine. A late variety that brings a touch and scent of flowering shrubs or overripe pears to Tokaj selections.

Yellow nutmeg – a favorite delicacy of our women. A flexible variety that produces both dry and light wines, as well as beautiful and attractive Botrity wines.

Tokaj Wine Region

Tokaj’s unique position in Europe rivals that of Bordeaux in France or Chianti in Italy. Tokaj region produces some of the world’s most celebrated dessert wines. This small Slovak region, posses the northernmost portion of the designated Tokaj region, shared with Hungary. 

The Slovak Tokaj region consists of seven villages and approximately 908 hectares of vineyards. It is the smallest of Slovakia’s six protected wine regions and one of the earliest protected wine regions in the world. Some claim that it is the oldest. Others will argue that it is second to Italy’s famous Chianti wine. Either way, it was a favorite among many notable European monarchs, artists, writers, and composers.

Tokaj wine enjoyed a glorious chapter in its history during the time of prince Rakoczy II, who regularly sent deliveries of Tokaj wine to the French court of King Louis XIV (1638-1715). 

Tokaj wine was also fancied by Russian Emperor Peter the Great, as well as his successor, Catherine II. The famous Tokaj claim made by French King Louis XIV continues to stand its ground even today: “Vinum Regum, Rex Vinorum“ (Wine of Kings, King of Wines).

Made from three principal grape varieties, Furmint, Lipovina, Muškát žltý (Muscat yellow), its unique flavor comes from a type of fungus that attacks the grapes when they are still on the vine. In France, it is affectionately known as ‘noble rot’ for its ability to produce noble quality wines. Therefore, the french, no strangers to winemaking, have long used it to create their tasty dessert wines.

The soil is predominantly rocky and of volcanic origin. It is capable of absorbing sunshine during the day, which continues to radiate at night, causing the land to keep its warmth even after a chilly night. 

 

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