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A Millenium of Wine

By Linda Tancs

So what does Hungary’s Tokaj wine region have in common with the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China?   Why, each of them is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Such a designation may seem surprising for a quiet, unassuming wine region less than 3 hours from Budapest, but the story goes that they’ve been harvesting the fruits of the vine here since the Magyar conquest over 1000 years ago.  The medieval cultivation process has been well-received over the years; Louis XIV, in particular, called the sweet white wine produced here the wine of kings.  You might likewise feel like royalty at Gróf Degenfeld Castle Hotel, a former palace set amidst the rolling hills of a 250-acre vineyard.  The Degenfeld family offers great food, wine tastings and tours from this four-star hotel in the heart of the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region.   Considering the lush pastoral surroundings of this historic area, you’ll no doubt find a peaceful respite fit for a king.

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