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Hungary's finest wines come from the small town of Hajós

Sunday, November 19, 2017


Hajós is a beautiful small town with a population of just over three thousand in Bács-Kiskun county, near Kalocsa and Baja; the town is getting more popular every year due to its charm and wine tourism.

Hajós wine cellar district is a unique part of the town consisting of 24 streets being the biggest in the country.

There are about 1200-1300 wineries in the area - remnants of local folk architecture - they are as old as the town itself.

The wineries form lovely curvy streets, set apart from the housing district.

The sandy soil of the region is ideal for producing red wines. Hajós wine production goes back to the beginning of the 1700s, and even earlier.

The town suffered a lot during the Ottoman conquest losing much of its population. After Hungary regained its independence, German-speaking Swabians arrived in the area in great numbers. From 1728 onward wine production has become the main source of income for the population of the town. At the end of the seventeenth century Hajós had more than 850 wine cellars.

Since the 1980s, wine tourism has grown into a major industry and has become the main source of income for the residents of the town.

Holidays and local events are organized around wine production. Over the past ten years, harvest festivals are being held in every autumn. The legendary defender of vineyards St. Orbán received not only a statue in the town, but in May his name day is also celebrated. At Orbán Day Festivals visitors come to the town not only from Hungary but from Germany as well.

Many of the buildings of the town built in baroque style; the most well-known among these buildings are the castle of settlement, and the St. Imre Roman Catholic Church.

(hungarianambiance.com)

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