In 2000 Sarolta Bárdos and Péter Molnár founded Tokaj Nobilis. They wanted to create an artisan winery whose outstanding quality wines would reflect the distinctive nature of the vineyard and the variety as well as the creators’ relationship with nature.
“I’m from the Tokaj Wine Region. I was born here, and my grandparents lived here too. Being surrounded by vineyards and the love of nature were natural to me. There was never any question whether I wanted to work in it,” said Sárolta Bardos who, when she graduated from university, found that there were not many women winemakers.
“In the beginning it was unusual for a woman to choose this profession but now there are quite a few of us fortunately,” said Sárolta who was awarded Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2012 in the Tokaj Wine Region. “This is primarily a professional prize. I was given it by my colleagues, and it was a huge recognition. In essence it is a very positive feedback on my work and that I am on the right path.”
The winery only cultivates traditional grape varieties. In the Tokaj Wine Region just six permitted varieties are permitted, two of which are hybrids (which Sárolta doesn’t have). She grows only the originals: Furmint, Hárslevelű, Sárgamuskotály and Kövérszőlő.
“I think wine is a question of trust. It is very important that consumers know who makes the given wine. In a bottle of wine – at artisan winemakers – you are not just tasting an industrial product. There is so much that only man can add. I would like to build the wine region from this, to renovate the damaged reputation of the wine region a bit. Whoever buys a bottle of such wine is really also buying a tiny slice of its history and maybe its future. We also see that Tokaji wine is highly regarded on the international market. Obviously no one even questions this in the case of sweet wines. A well-made Tokaj Aszú or a beautiful Szamorodni has always been and will always belong at the vanguard of the world.”
At Tokaj Nobilis winemaking begins in the vineyard as the quality of the wine is basically defined by the quality of the grapes, they have strict pruning, shoot and bunch selection. As well as extremely low crop yield, they harvest at very concentrated high level of sugar in the must. It is really important to process the grapes very gently during the harvest and the processing and to transfer all the power of the fruit into the wine. During winemaking they do not use any unnatural materials, so the wines are born with the least intervention