Tokaj-Oremus | Tolcsva, Hungary
The town of Tolcsva and the Oremus winery are located at the heart of the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region, located in mountainous area of north-eastern Hungary. Oremus, which in Latin means "let us pray", has had a colourful history as a wine producing estate. Tokaji has been produced here from as long ago as 1620 - then made by a Calvinist priest.
In 1993, just 3 years after the fall of Communism, the Alvarez family (owners of Vega Sicilia in Spain) turned their sights to Hungary and purchased the Oremus winery and founded Tokaj-Oremus Viñedos y Bodegas. The estate's activities are mainly based in Tolcsva, and a modern winemaking winery was built in 1999 connected to the maze of cellars that have been found there since the 13th century.
In 2002, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee recognised the exceptional winemaking conditions of the Tokaj region and awarded it World Heritage status.
The Oremus vineyards are in a continental climate, but it is exactly the influence of the extremes of climate that help to develop an unrivalled aromatic wealth in the different varieties of grape. Nearly half of the estate's vineyards are Furmint, used to prepare the Mandolás dry white wine and for the winery's different dessert wines. The Hárslevelű grape variety adds mildness and its delicate floral tones, while the Sárga Muskotály (yellow Muscat) provides its characteristic aromas to the Oremus Late Harvest wines. The Zéta grape, in turn, makes the wines more vigorous.