Samuel Tinon: a french influence in Tokaj
The beautiful Samuel Tinon Tokaj winery and estate is situated in Tokaj in Hungary. The winery is the brainchild of Samuel Tinon who was born in 1969 in Bordeaux, France and grew up with wine making running through his veins. Samuel went on to study viticulture and after graduating travelled the world exploring the wine regions of Australia, Chile, Italy and America.
In 1991, Samuel became the first French winemaker to settled in Tokaj and run his own private vineyard
A perfect matureness guarantees high-class wines
Samuel Tinon Tokaj winery cultivates approximately 5 hectares of vineyards in the Grand Cru Hatari region in the Olaszliszka region of Hungary. The vineyards are all south facing on the Zempleni slopes that sit at a 40-degree incline. The aspect of the vines allowed the grapes to mature nice and slowly on the vine to produce a wine that is rich in taste and flavour. Samuel credits the excellent quality and taste of this wine to the Aszu, a small local grape that is packed with character and mystery. A further 3 hectares of vines are cultivated on the Tokaj mountain.
The wines are given enough time to mature and develop
The terroir in the area is made mainly of loess, clay and tuff and the grape varietals used in the Samuel Tinon Tokaj wines are the Furmint and Harslevelu grapes. The berries that are grown by Samuel Tinon are so concentrated that they require a unique wine making process. The berries first need to macerate in wine in a special tank developed by Samuel that provides the perfect conditions. The wine is aged in full barrels for four years at the winery.