Probably Hungary's best-known wine is named after the town of Tokaj in the north-east near the borders with Slovakia and Ukraine. The word "Tokaj" is probably of Hunnic-Turkish origin and means something like "forest by the river". It was first mentioned in a chronicle at the end of the 11th century, where the crossing of a Cumanian army over the river Tisza at "Thocoyd" is described. Hungarian viticulture on a larger scale was founded by King Béla IV (1235-1270), and the first boom in the Tokaj region occurred in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is no longer possible to determine when the very first Tokaj Aszú was produced, but it is certainly one of the first wines made from botrytised noble sweet berries.
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