- 22 Nov 2014 8:00 AM
Mainly single vineyard lots, they range from dry through late harvests to Tokaji Aszú and Eszencia. Each of these unique barrel lots from leading producers are checked by the Confrérie Wine Committee.
These wines are only available at the Great Tokaj Wine Auction so successful bidders become the exclusive owner. Hence the interest from Michelin-starred restaurants and collectors eager to acquire them as well as wine merchants from around the world, including China and London.
The Great Tokaj Wine Auction is the central event of the Tokaj Spring weekend. The interesting three-day programme offers an outstanding opportunity to discover this historic wine region and meet top producers.
In addition to the exhilarating auction, there are wine dinners and vineyard tours with winemakers, a blind tasting of Auction lots, initiation of new members and a gala dinner.
Thus the event helps Tokaj lovers and Confrérie members explore this dynamically emerging world that is moving forth with confidence of its excellent wines and increasing knowledge of the terroir. A great opportunity to share time and wine.
Both established wineries and smaller up-and-coming producers have offered lots at previous Great Tokaj Wine Auctions.
Participants to date include Bardon, Barta, Béres, Budaházy, Demetervin, Dereszla, Disznókő, Füleky, Gizella, Gróf Degenfeld, Holdvölgy, Kikelet, Kubus, Orosz Gábor, Pajzos, Patricius, Royal Tokaji, Samuel Tinon, Szent Benedek, Szent Tamás, Szepsy, Tokaj Hétszőlő, Tokaj Nobilis and Tokaj Trading House.
The Confrérie de Tokaj reserves 40 % of the price excluding VAT price to stage the auctions and preserve and rebuild the Tokaj Wine Region. Thus buyers have the satisfaction of knowing that, in addition to procuring an exclusive Tokaji wine, they are also supporting this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage region.
The inclusion expresses the long and intimate relationship between people and their natural environment which result in cultural values.
Nóra Winkler, the auctioneer who animated the auction, catching and running with its momentum, said of the 2014 Great Tokaj Wine Auction: “The proportion of lots sold, the hammer prices and the packed auction room all show we are right on track.
The passionate bidding for the Szepsy lot that resulted in a 26 667 € record demonstrates what an auction, a well-constructed catalogue, the atmosphere and adrenaline can create.”
So preparation is underway for this celebration of Tokaj: Tokaj Spring, 24th to 26th April 2015.
About the Confrérie de Tokaj The Confrérie de Tokaj members include producers, wine professionals and wine lovers committed to promoting the legendary Tokaj Wine Region, the first closed wine region in the world and part of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage since 2002.
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