Europe’s first classified wine region, Tokaji lies 240k north east of Budapest. The majority of the Royal Tokaji vineyards are in the Mad commune, where the long hot summers and early morning mists of the dry autumns encourage the development of Botrytis, or Noble Rot. This shrivels the grapes, concentrating the juice. The grapes are picked into 20 litre wooden tubs called Puttony, then crushed to release the intensely sweet juice. The number of Puttony added to each barrel of non Aszu wine gives the final Puttonyos level of the wine, printed on the label.