Tokaj is thought to be the first vineyard region in the world to have adopted a classification system and, incredibly, the entire Disznókő estate was classified as a first growth property in 1772 at the time of the initial classification by royal decree. In 1992, shortly after the fall of communism in Hungary, the estate was acquired by new owners and a long series of improvements initiated: the vineyards were rehabilitated and replanted, old buildings were refurbished, and new winemaking facilities were constructed. The new winery pays homage to the nearby old winery, and inside the new winery it quickly becomes apparent how Disznókő has, above any other estate in the region, restored Tokaji’s reputation to the days it was considered “the wine of kings and king of wines” (Louis XIV).
Disznókő spreads over 250 acres at the south-west entrance of the Tokaj region. Its beautiful classical building now houses one of the most famous restaurants in the area. In 1992 , the property was bought by Axa Millésimes. Disznókő’s entire estate’s vineyards today are still wholly classified as first growth. The estate is essentially a hill of volcanic clay soil with perlite pebbles: at the top of the hill is the boar-shaped rock from which the estate takes its name, and the vineyards are arranged down the southern slope, with the winery at the bottom of the slopes. The vineyard is protected by the cold northern winds by the Zemplén hills right behind it, and draws light and heat from its southerly exposure. Acclaimed as one of the three most favorable sites of Aszu in Tokaj. The slopes are planted with local Furmint, Harslevelu and Zéta and are open to the Plain. Morning autumn mists and warm breezes ensure optimal conditions for noble rot. The Botrytis develops, concentrating the natural sugars, flavors and acids in the grapes. The wines gain their fire from the mineral-rich volcanic land, rhyolite-tuff with clay soils.
The incredible aromatic expressiveness and mineral expression that make Furmint a wonderful grape for sweet wine, also make for attention getting and attractive dry wine. Disznoko's Dry Furmint plays on the purity of fruit and freshness, with no oak and gentle handling.
In the classification of sweetness for Tokaji wines, 5 Puttonyos is not the sweetest, yet to the connoisseur it is the perfectly balanced wine for drinking fresh: it is racy and mineral yet delivers the irresistibly deep and rich marmalade-like notes that are so unique to wines from this region.
The highest classification of sweetness until you reach some one-off rarities, these 6 Puttonyos wines are almost immortal, and show best with several years of age when the incredible sweet fruit starts to mingle with spices and other secondary notes. Lucky for us, Disznoko holds back its 6 Puttonyos for just this very reason.
Kapi is a single vineyard plot situated in the upper part of the southern slopes of Disznókő. Kapi Vineyard is planted exclusively to Furmint, the noblest and most ancient Tokaj variety. Its special character: Furmint mirrors the soils, and this separate bottling has tremendous lift and finesse due to the volcanic soils.
Made from botrytized and shriveled Furmint grapes, one of the traditional grape varieties used for making the Disznoko 5 Puttonyos and 6 Puttonyos wines. This wine is aged for only a few months in traditional Hungarian oak casks, and is then bottled, capturing its freshness.
The memory of the vintage – a legendary wine of Tokaj. Eszencia is a free-flowing nectar pressed from aszú berries under their own weight. A unique nectar that is mentioned in the Hungarian national anthem. Eszencia was even historically sold in pharmacies due to its beneficial health effects.
László Mészáros has been working for Disznókő since 1995. An agricultural chemical engineer, he studied in Hungary and in France. After finishing his studies, he started to work at Disznókő where he was engaged in establishing the estate’s economy and in the management of its investments. He was trained by the AXA Millésimes team (Daniel LLose) and the local team, becoming passionate about Tokaj and especially the pioneering Disznókő style.
Since January 2000 László has been in charge of the company. He supervises all the vineyard works and winemaking, and also assures the management of the estate.
Between 2005 and 2008 László was the chairman of the Union of the Classified Vineyards of Tokaj, Tokaj Renaissance. He has worked tirelessly to promote the wines of Tokaj all over the world, holding seminars in the major European cities.
In 2007 he was decorated by French Agricultural Minister as “chevalier de l’ordre du mérite agricole”.