We actually weren’t looking for another Tokaj producer on our last trip to Hungary. In order to do the best job we can for our producers we keep inter-competition among them down and strive to avoid duplication in region, varietals, and price points where we can. So needless to say, for us to pick up something new in Tokaj it was going to have to be in a word “special.”
We had heard of Árvay, Tokaj is not a very big place after all and quality producers tend to come up in conversation, but we are remiss to say we had not actually had their wines. It took Csilla Sebestyén advising us that we needed to seek them out when we were in Tokaj and we are certainly glad she did.
Rátka is a small village and the Árvay family is deeply rooted there. These hills are special, displaying that unique Tokaj soil composition, interweaving multitudes of soils, but at its heart always showcasing that beautiful volcanic bedrock. The family’s dry wines are expressive and honestly set the stage so well for their transcendent botrytis and late harvest dessert wines. The Édesem Muscat has to be one of the greatest values in dessert wines either of us have tasted!