Until the beginning of the XXth century, the vineyard belonged to aristocratic families before they have been nationalized during the Second World War. It’s the wine of nobility.
The region has been classified at the Unesco as an exceptional wine region in 2002. Apart from inspiring artists, writers and composers, the wine is the heart, soul and blood of Hungarians. It’s the only wine to be present in a national anthem.
The travel of a Great Wine
The Tokaj wines have been travelling for centuries. It was a precious nectar that was offered as a gift. The Prince Ferenc Rakoczi II, who reigned over the region, sent it to Louis XIVth to earn his confidence. That was the time when the French king declared Tokaj to be “the Wine of Kings and the King of Wines”.
The Poles have played an undeniable role in the marketing of Tokaj, from the XVth century. Why? They liked to drink … Aristocratic families, and major traders of Krakow and Warsaw, made for the following centuries a flourishing trade.
At that time, the wines were aged in cellars in Poland. Szamorodni is a Polish word (it means “as it comes”). We believe Poles have developed this type of wine whose demand was strong when the Polish economy was prosperous. It reminds us the dynamism of the British trade in Bordeaux and Porto…
Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, etc. The wines of Samuel Tinon Great Tokaj Wines follow the historical commercial route.