The organic Imperial Estate of Tokaj-Hétszőlő, in Hungary, lies to the south of Mount Tokaj – the undisputed king of Hungarian vineyards. Here, the soil is rich and fertile and has been home to some of the best vines in Hungary since 1502, when the Garai family selected the 7 best parcels – Hét-Szőlő means ‘7 parcels of vineyard’, in Hungarian.
By 1772, the wines of Tokaj-Hétszőlő were already classed as Tokaj Premier Cru – wine this good was never going to stay a secret for long.
The area of Tokaj-Hétszőlő is perfect for not only making dry wines but sweet wines too. The climate lends itself to the development of Botrytis cinerea. A fungus, which when controlled, can create beautifully sweet and concentrated wines, like the Hétszőlő Tokaji Aszú.
In all the years of winemaking at the Imperial Estate, artificial fertilisers and herbicides have never been used. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that Hétszőlő began the conversion process for organic certification. Now, all 55 hectares of the vineyards on the estate are cultivated organically.