Bidders keen to procure their exclusive, limited Tokaji wine at the Confrérie de Tokaj’s third Great Tokaj Wine Auction on 25th April raised a final hammer price of 100,415 €, continuing the upwards trend of the first two auctions (67,500 € in 2013, 90,433 € in 2014). An impressive three quarters of the lots were sold and several lots more than doubled. Lively bidding made Szepsy Winery’s Úrágya 91 Tokaji Furmint 2014 the most expensive wine under the hammer; it increased most in price from a starting price of 5,318 € to 16,620 €.
The imposing Knights’ Hall in Sárospatak Castle was once again the setting for the auction of these exclusive lots which are specially chosen for the auction and available in limited quantities only: one Gönci barrel (136 litres) of dry wines and one or a half Gönci barrel (i.e. 136 litres or 68 litres) of late harvest, dry and sweet Szamorodni and Tokaji Aszú wines. The Tokaj Wine Tasting Committee (Ronn Wiegand MS/MW and wine educator Gabriella Mészáros) check the quality of the wines at several stages from selection to bottling. These wines, all of which will be bottled with the special Confrérie label before the next Great Tokaj Wine Auction, are not commercially available elsewhere. Lots will go to the US, France and Germany, as well as Hungary.
More competition for lots was evident this year, demonstrating the expansion of the circle of buyers. As in previous auctions, bidders from outside Hungary (40 % of lots sold outside Hungary) joined returning buyers and those fresh to the game. The growing number of buyers’ groups allows a wider audience the chance to obtain an exclusive lot, and thus those who prefer to be the owner of a small quantity of these wines are able to enjoy the wines previously snapped up by larger buyers which include individuals, top restaurants and wine merchants or importers.
Ther was a wide diversity of wines from vineyard sites from across the region with particularly strong representation from Mád and then Olaszliszka. Wineries that participated this year were Barta, Béres, Bodnár, Demetervin, Disznókő, Füleky, Kvaszinger, Mádi Borház, Megyer, Samuel Tinon, Szent Benedek, Szent Tamás, Szepsy, Tokaj-Hétszőlő, Tokaj Crown Estates and Zsirai.
Below are all the lots sold, listed in the order they went under the hammer at the Great Tokaj Wine Auction 2015:
|Demetervin – Úrágya Tokaji Hárslevelű 2006|
|starting price: 440 0000 Ft, hammer price: 750 000 Ft|
|Mádi Borház-Baranyai Béla – 102-es hordó Tokaji Furmint 2012|
|starting price: 180 000 Ft, hammer price : 460 000 Ft|
|Samuel Tinon Grands Vins de Tokaj – Szent Tamás Furmint 2014|
|starting price: 800 000 Ft, hammer price: 1 500 000 Ft|
|Szepsy Winery – Úrágya 91 Tokaji Furmint 2014|
|starting price: 1 600 000 Ft, hammer price: 5 000 000 Ft|
|Barta Winery – Öreg-Király Tokaji Sweet Szamorodni 2013|
|starting price: 1 000 000 Ft, hammer price: 1 400 000 Ft|
|Füleky Winery – Király Tokaji Late Harvest 2014|
|starting price: 1 100 000 Ft, hammer price: 1 200 000 Ft|
|Samuel Tinon Grands Vins de Tokaj – Tokaji Száraz (Dry) Szamorodni 2009|
|starting price: 2 000 000 Ft, hammer price: 3 000 000 Ft|
|Szent Tamás Winery and Vineyard – Nyulászó /1-es Hordó Tokaji Sweet Szamorodni 2013|
|starting price: 2 800 000 Ft, hammer price: 4 000 000 Ft|
|Kvaszinger – Hatalos Tokaji Late Harvest 2013|
|starting price: 1 200 000 Ft, hammer price: 1 800 000 Ft|
|Béres Vineyards and Winery – Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos Válogatás 2013|
|starting price: 1 300 000 Ft, hammer price: 1 500 000 Ft|
|Bodnár Winery – Danczka 39 Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 2013|
|Starting price: 1 500 000 Ft, hammer price: 1 500 000 Ft|
|Samuel Tinon Grands Vins de Tokaj – Tokaji Aszú 5 puttonyos 2011|
|starting price: 1 500 000 Ft, hammer price: 1 500 000 Ft|
|Disznókő – Dorgó Válogatás Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2012|
|starting price: 1 900 000 Ft, hammer price: 3 000 000 Ft|
|Pajzos Winery – Hosszúvölgy Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2013|
|starting price: 3 400 000 Ft, hammer price: 3 400 000 Ft|
|Tokaj-Hétszőlő Winery – Tokaji Sweet Szamorodni 2012|
|starting price: 1 700 000, hammer price: 1 700 000 Ft|
40 per cent of the hammer price goes to the Confrérie de Tokaj and will be used partly to fund the next auction adn partly to support projects that serve to preserve and develop the Tokaj Wine Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002.
[Source: Confrérie de Tokaj]