Tokaji or Tokay originates in the Tokaj-Hegyalja region in north east Hungary. The discovery of the method to produce the sweet wines of Tokaj happened by accident in 1650 by the priest Abbot Maté Szepsi.
The wines of Tokaj are made with three grape varieties: Furmint, Hárslevelű, and Muscat Blanc á petits grains. Furmint makes up the majority of the grapes grown in the region. Like Sauternes, Tokaji requires Botrytis infection to fully develop the complex character and high sugar levels necessary for production of this unique style. There are multiple types of wine made in Tokaj with varying levels of sweetness and quality.