Friday, 2 November 2012

Szüret! Harvest!

The market is held at the Disznókő estate at the gate of the Tokaj Wine Region - so obviously our autumn market had to focus on the harvest. The vineyards define the region, skirting the southern foothills of the volcanic mountains, and the life of the vine and the vine have been shaping the local culture for centuries. Many visitors at this time are specifically here to find out more about the special Tokaj harvest, so the market took this as its key.

The four main grape varieties on the Disznókő estate (Furmint, Hárslevelű, Sárga Muskotály and Zéta) at the wine boutique where visitors could taste various wines, as well as the delicious freshly-pressed must.

As usual we were joined by illustrious guest wineries presenting their wines at the Sárga Borház Wine Bar terrace: Zoltán Demeter, Hétszőlő and Paulay Borház, alongside Disznókő.

What a fabulous selection of traditional grape varieties brought by one of our exhibitors.

The journey of everything of everything is a path of change... and from grapes there is obviously must and wine ...

One of the newer local businesses I am most excited about is Grapolia who make wonderful cold-pressed grape seed oil. What a wonderful complement to the Tokaj range - and one I've been awaiting a while! Thank you!

And then there is vinegar... from the unique Tokaj Vinegar of Bodrogkeresztúr who take quality Tokaji wine to make biologically fermented vinegars matured in oak barrels.

One of the creations by renowned Hungarian chef Viktor Segal: lentils with Tokaj wine vinegar dressing.

Many of our imaginative producers always come up with something new, something in the theme of the market - and what better than soap from the noble grape Furmint (that accounts for 60% of vines in this wine region!) I love their soaps - and the goat milk soaps from the other soap masters.

And of course the harvest extends beyond grapes too ...
from organic apples made into apple juice, there is also beetroot juice.

And organic oils from nuts and seeds ...

And a new form for fruits, flowers and leaves ...

Last time at "Mushrooms into the Basket" there was a workshop to design mushrooming baskets held by the Fonó weaving workshop, a charity passing on skills to the unemployed. 

We held a competition and here is one of the lucky winners ...

A great place to come and explore the fruits of the local artisans,

See exhibitions by local artists (Cili Majoros joined us this time)

and enjoy the music...


How are you going to come to the next Tokaj Hegyalja Market on November 11th?

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