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Budafok – Tétény

In the past centruy Budafok has undoubtedly been the centre of the Hungarian winemaking and commerce, thus the district may indeed be very proud of the title „ The city of grape and wine”. The area -unique in Hungary for its winemaking conditions- is famous for its cellar system estimated to be more than 100 km long, which up to this day serves as the home for prize-winning vintners and manufactures of champagne.

The name says it all, hence it is a duty to collect, cultivate and pass on the centuries-old traditions and experiences of this profession. Sadly, in our modern world traditional winemaking too falls victim to technology; the beautiful wood barrels of the old era give way to the new, stainless steel barrels of the modern times, cellar temperature is not a must anymore, and most of the work is done by machines.

Therefore, we must treasure our last chance to preserve all the experiences, and various procedures of the cooper or the cork maker for the new generations. This preservation of such traditions continues in Budafok.

Some time ago Budafok and Tétény have been important viticultural settlements, with evidence dating back to the ancient Roman times. From the 1850s six ships a day carried passengers between the capital and Promontor, a major touristic destination.

Many tourists from all over the country came here on vacation, for several weeks at a time, and at the time of grape harvest festivals there were no houses without guests. Unfortunately, the filoxera disease of the 1880s damaged the vineyards greatly, causing the wine production to cease almost entirely.  Due to economical reasons nobody took care of the re-plantation of grapevine; slowly the old wine hills became barren, and most of the area served as a building site for summer houses.  Around this time the local wine trade revived, and started to flourish; more and more wine merchants arrived, and turned Budafok into the wine trading center of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.  The wine from the various wine-producing regions of the country was distributed through Budafok.

By the turn of the century Budapest became a true metropolis, and the center of the Hungarian food and food processing industry,. The quartz sandstones used for constructions-like the construction of the Parliament, or the castle of Vajdahunyad-were mined in Budafok.

Most of the wine merchants of Budafok stored their wine in the cellar-labyrinth of Promontor, and the area started to develop on a great scale. The massive wine commerce was soon complemented by the production of champagne, cognac and other spirits. The closeness of the Danube, route 6 and the capital (Budafok had had been the 22nd district of Budapest for almost half a century already) and the two major railways connecting Budapest with the countryside gave Budafok a notable importance. Wealthy wine merchants, bankers and their descendants built their splendid mansions and villas on the hillside, also creating jobs with their funds.

In the 20th century, as the green areas gave way to building operations, Budapest lost its lovely, old-fashioned wine-tasting atmosphere; most of the cellars and wine bars have been torn down. Nowadays, Budafok is the only place where this invaluable part of our history can be recreated, making it possible to enjoy great wines in a harmonious atmosphere.

Borváros

Traditional wine making in Budafok dates back to the ancient Roman times, and from the 10th century onwards, the area has had a notable viniculture. By the end of the 18th century there were more than 300 active wineries, brewing not only wine, but champagne and cognac as well. To compliment these centuries long traditions, Budafok received the title „The international city of grape and wine” in 1987. The goal of our project is to invigorate the tourism of the district relying upon these traditions.

Based on  the notable historical heritage, the viniculture and the winemaking traditions of the area, the owner of the project starts a 300 Million Huf develpment project with the support of the European Union.

Under the supervision of the Organization „Képző- és Iparművészeti Közalapítvány a XXII. Kerület Kultúrájáért” with the financial support of the European Union the currently unused units of the Záborszky Winery will be turned into a cultural and touristical center, and the Plague-Chapel will be reconstructed by the summer of 2011.

To intensify the touristical value of the cellar system the project has multiple levels; first of all an open air wine museum will be created, visualizing all ten wine making regions of Hungary, with their tipical cellar facade. A winemaking museum will also be built, to display the methods of the profession and other related professions, such as the cooper, wood-carver or shipbuilder. Of course all guests will take part in a wine tasting.

Foundation:

The project owner responsible for the development of the Budafok Borváros project is the „Képző és Iparművészeti Közalapítvány a XXII. Kerület Kultúrájáért”. The local government of Budafok-Tétény founded the organization in 2000 with the aim of collecting, preserving and tendering the local traditions and cultural heritage for the future generations, and thus creating a beautiful environment for the local community.

A Further important goal is to form an alliance between the local community, the local cultural elite, and the local art patrons. The foundation serves and protects the cultural values of Budafok, supports local art, enriches the local institutes and public spaces with quality works of art, which improves the quality of life for citizens, and creates work for local artists.

The Foundation has been supporting the creation of pieces for institutes and public spaces so far, and put less emphasis on the preservation of built cultural heritage. However, the local government set the goal of advancing cultural tourism, and the cellar system is a central element in this concept. The history of the cellar-system incorporates the whole history of the settlement, offering plenty of chances to create an open-air museum. For the sake of this cause, the Organization is ready to fund the development of such cultural heritage.

The project involves the development of Budafok Borváros in and around the Záborszky Vinery. The vinery is named after the first major of Budafok-Tétény, Záborszky Nándor, who revived the district in a time of great recession. The size of the whole vinery is approximately ten thousand square meters, of which the development affects three thousand five hundred square meters.

The Foundation plans to take part in the development of the environment and infrastructure of Budafok-Tétény in the future. By means of the development of Záborszky Vinery, the corridor leading to the Borutca will become an exhibition space, offering a chance mainly for local artists, nominated by the Foubdation, to hold exhibitions. Besides displaying such works, the Foundation will run a gift-shop, selling exclusive artworks from the same artists.

Elérhetőségeink
Záborszky Kúria
1222 Budapest, Nagytétényi út 24-26.
telefon: +36-1-227-0070; +36-30/933-2330
e-mail: info@borvaros.hu; zaborszky@zaborszky.co.hu
GPS: 47.418985, 19.041582
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hétfő – kedd: szünnap
szerda – vasárnap:  14 – 20

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