According to the legend, the method of making Aszú / Výber was created by Szepsi Laczkó Máté, the chaplain to the noble Rákoczi family between 16th and 17th centuries.
Because of warfare with the Ottoman Turks, grapes had to remain on the wine longer than usual and thus decayed by noble rot. Máté used the late harvest of botrytized grapes to make a new sort of later harvested sweet wine, which we know today as Aszú, also known as Výber.
Máté served his creation to Zsuzsanna Lórántffy, wife of George Rákoczi few years later, in commemoration of the Easter celebrations.
tokaj.guru raises the heritage of Szepsi Laczkó Máté, one of the greatest personalities of wine history and “the man who created Aszú”.