Proprietor: Judit and József Bodó
Website: Bott Winery
Country Location: Hungary
“When we succeed, it brings joy to others that is generously given back to us. Since wine forms the quality of our lives, we like living this way.” — Judit Bodó
The wines of Tokaj are the product of over 1200 years of melting together different cultures, religions, and ethnicities over a truly unique combination of geology and climate. In a way, József and Judit Bodó, both originally from Csallóköz—an ethnic Hungarian region in Slovakia—are perpetuating this tradition of cultural exchange.
Following her love for wine, Judit went to work for a producer in South Tirol who later hired her onto a project in Tokaj to manage the affairs of a small artisan winery: Füleky. Heeding the dream of his wife to have their own winery in Tokaj, József took on the labor of actually looking for vineyards. Upon discovering Csontos, Judit said, “he could not sleep at night.” After the birth of their son, they focused solely on their own family winery with József in the vineyards and Judit in the cellar. In 2005 they bottled wine from just 1 ha, the first vintage of “Bott,” an homage to Judit’s maiden name.
Today the couple tends about 5 ha spread among various sites mostly near the village of Erdőbénye. Wines are made exclusively from indigenous varieties. There is a maternal touch to the wines that Judit makes. To compare them to children, they are as disciplined as they are loved.
Considering they are relative new comers to the region and their minuscule production, the substantial acclaim the Bott wines have received both locally and internationally is remarkable. Judit Bott was recently featured in a New York Times article on Tokaj Hidden in Hungary,Treasures on the Vine.
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