NEW VILLAGE WINE ANNOUNCED AT TARCAL FESTIVAL

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Tarcal now has a wine that is set to raise awareness of the village's loess-based terroir. The region's fifth 'village wine' is a dry blend of Furmint and Hárslevelű, comprising excellent 2016 lots from nine Tarcal-based producers. All these producers (i.e. Basilicus, Degenfeld, Kern, Kikelet, Majoros, Myrtus, Palásthy-Emmert and Tokajicum, as well as the Reserach Institute for Viticulture and Oenology) attended the unveiling event on 30th May, which came as part of Tarcal Spring, the local wine festival that debuted last year. The wine is planned to be released in late October this year. The label design is still to be finalised.

While the Tokaj Product Specification allows wineries to release 'village-level' wines, along with regional and single-vineyard ones, producers almost never make use of this option, the best-known exception being Szent Tamás in Mád. It has, however, become customary over the past few years that winemakers in one particular village or town join forces and make a village-level wine together to promote their village and the vineyards around it. While the goal is usually the same, the method of making such wines varies for each. For instance, the Mád wine is made by one winery, Szent Tamás, from grapes they purchase from dozens of local growers, while Olaszliszka winemakers put together the Hárslevelű grapes that are then vinified by one of them. The Tarcal producers decided to blend 'ready-made' wines, each partcipating producer adding 200 litres of their own to the final blend, which means a total production of around 2400 bottles.

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