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AUSTIN, TX – The 2012 István Szepsy Tokaji Furmint has received a Wine & Spirits Highlight Award in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, under the 2015 Grand Award’s Special Recognition Awards category.

Special Recognition Awards call attention to hotels, restaurants, staff and travel experiences of special note that Mr. Harper encountered within the past calendar year of his travels. István Szepsy is delighted to be among the best of the best worldwide to receive this prestigious accolade.

Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland, Canada, was recognized as the 2015 Hideaway of the Year. This year’s list of Grand Award winners also included a surprising majority of properties that received Andrew Harper’s coveted endorsement for the first time within the past calendar year.

Szepsy István - Tokaji Furmint

To view all of the 2015 Grand Award winners, as well as Special Recognition awards for categories such as hotel manager and concierge of the year, plus Andrew Harper’s favorite domestic and international restaurants, visit


A Hungarian With Serious Stones (István Szepsy Recent Releases)

Szepsy István

Written by Joe Roberts

István Szepsy…

…is a Hungarian man with serious stones.

And he will gladly show them to you, if you ask...


We have decided in favour of szamorodni − István Szepsy

Szepsy István When we talk about Tokaj late harvest wine or even szamorodni, we always have to mention the name of a person immediately. The man who did the most for not only these types of wine, but for aszú, dry wines, terroir approach and virtually for the whole change of system at the wine region...


Record Hammer Price for István Szepsy’s Lot

The second Great Tokaj Wine Auction took place on Saturday 26th April in Sárospatak, Hungary, as part of the Tokaj Spring weekend. The Auction brought in 90 433 €, a 34 % increase on 2013 results. Of the 24 lots offered by 21 producers, 18 were sold. That is 75 % of the lots, an increase on the 60 % sold last year....


Wine and Spirits

The following text is from the Wine & Spirits Buying Guide 2014. István Szepsy was honored as a Top 100 Winery of the year. The writer of the summary of the winery and the wine descriptions is Tara Q. Thomas.

Founded: 1987

Owner/winemaker/viticulturist: István Szepsy

Acres owned: 180

Annual production: 4000 cases

Estate grown: 100%

Known for: Powerful, dry Tokaji wines

Importer: Domaine Select Wine Estates, NY




Tokaji Myths | by Tara Q. Thomas

István Szepsy

The reemergence of Tokaji has often been presented as a resurrection, pulling a cultural icon out of the rubble left after decades of Communism and setting about to make it glorious once again. The effort sparked hot debates as to what was and what should be the definition of Tokaji, the wine, but there were several points of general agreement: It was sweet, botrytized and based on furmint, its value measured in puttonyos.

Now, two decades later, that’s completely changed. Driven by a new generation of winemakers, the goal is not so much a resurrection as a redefinition, a range of styles asserting the region’s varied terroir. This might mean showcasing furmint in a sparkling form, or in a bottling as dry as stone. It could mean arvesting before the grapes are shriveled, bottling the clear, honey-sweet juice as a late-harvest wine, or aging a botrytized wine under flor, as in Jerez. A contemporary Tokaji might even bypass furmint for more obscure varieties: It might be solely hárslevelü, or sárgamuskotály or another local grape.
I found all of those variations last spring, on a visit to a region where the historical myths are unraveling in any number of creative directions.


A Tokaj Grand Cru; István Szepsy’s Úrágya

Not all wine regions benefit from it – or should even consider it. Single vineyard wines that is. Bourgogne? Yes. Douro? Not sure. Mosel? Yes. Chianti? Maybe. Bordeaux? In rare cases. Tokaj? Yes!

Szepsy István - Úrágya dűlőI’m not presenting a remarkable statement in any way. It’s old news. Oldest news in the world actually if we’re sticking to Tokaj. This is the very first regional appellation and vineyard classification in the world going back to 1700 and in the 1730′s the site classification started.

Why was Tokaj first? The answer is probably logical. At the time of the classification, the region were already producing Aszú wines, grapes affected by the noble rot Botrytis Cinerea. This was the stuff to drink back then, if you were someone or wanted to be the cool guy. If you could demand a high price for your wine, you of course wanted to increase the production and make more money. However, you couldn’t expect the noble rot to show up every vintage and thus it was essential to understand and calculate where the potential for Botrytis was highest.



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