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The historic Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region has provided the world with the famous Aszú of Tokaj, known for 450 years as the “King of Wines, the Wine of Kings”. Crowned heads of state were among the regular customers who bought the wine made from grapes which ripened on the sunny slopes till late autumn and had a concentrated sugar content: Russian tsars, Polish kings and even the Pope of Rome himself.
Tokaj wine region / © Hungarian National Tourist OfficeGrapes / © Hungarian National Tourist OfficeTokaj wine / © Hungarian National Tourist Office
An exhibition on the illustrious history of the noble drink, honoured in the Middle Ages as a medicine, can be seen in the Tokaj Museum. The memory of the rich Greek wine traders of former times is preserved in the icon collection of the museum and in the Greek Orthodox Church, now used as an exhibition and concert hall. The Rákóczi Cellar (15 Kossuth Square), the former wine cellar of the Rákóczi family, is an impressive tavern today. Its 24 tunnels, which are 1.5km long, hold 20,000hl of wine.
 
Tour routes lead to the volcanic Great Hill [Nagy-hegy] (516m), which is abundant in protected plants and from where there is a panoramic view. From the pier on the river Tisza there is a regular boat service to Sárospatak (37km).
 
 

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