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Hungarian wine maker starts Tokaj deliveries to Costco

State-owned wine maker Tokaj Kereskedőház will start deliveries of Hungary's famous Tokaj dessert wine to Costco, a big US membership warehouse chain, this week, CEO István Kiss said at a press conference on Tuesday.

The first orders will be for the 2001 vintage of Tokaj 3-puttonyos aszú, Kiss said.

Kiss announced in April that the company had signed a ten-year agreement to deliver an annual 250,000 bottles of Tokaj wine to Costco, Kiss said. The order is about one-tenth of Hungary's wine exports to the US, he added.

Tokaj Kereskedőház exports about 40% of its wines.

Hungary's wine exports to the US came to $3.9 million in 2009. (MTI-ECONEWS)