The flagship of the Hungarian wine awaits visitors in dignified splendour

2023. 07. 14.

In recent years, several renovations and improvements have been made to the Tokaj-Hegyalja World Heritage Sites. As a result, the area’s historic buildings, castles, historic street corners and religious sites have been renewed and are now ready to receive visitors. The investments have been made to preserve world-famous heritage sites and to give life to developments that not only restore but also add new features to the area’s tourist destinations.

Tokaji Furmint is one of the most dominant grape varieties in Tokaj-Hegyalja, and its “capital” is Mád. In the framework of the EU-funded project the main street of the village has been renewed, which is an important meeting point for residents and visitors alike. The historic main street and the gardens of the Borsay Castle have been reconstructed, and an exhibition has been opened in the Sichermann House as part of the EU-funded project “Development of the World Heritage Sites of the Tokaj-Hegyalja Historic Wine and Cultural Region”. Due to the investments several castles have been renovated in the region, such as the Rákóczy Castle in Tolcsva. The interior of the Mailloth Castle in Tállya has been redesigned and the castle gardens have also been given a new look. With the goal of religious heritage preservation, the Lutheran church in Tállya and the Catholic church in Bodrogkeresztúr have also been completely renovated.

The Rákóczi Castle in Tolcsva, the Rákóczi Harvest House in Tarcal and the cellar terrace of the Tolcsva Wine Museum have also been renovated, while the Ungvár cellar alley in Sátoraljaújhely has been added new event venues. In the project, the World Heritage sites have been developed into a coherent and complementary tourist destination, increasing the number of visitors and boosting domestic tourism. This was the objective of the application submitted under the Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme (GINOP) supporting the regeneration of the Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region, which provided EU support to 7 municipalities to preserve their cultural heritage and increase their tourism visitor numbers.

„Vinum regnum, rex vinorum, the wine of kings, the king of wines” – this is how King Louis XIV of France described the world-famous Tokaj aszú, which has lost none of its popularity over the centuries, just like the historic Tokaj-Hegyalja wine region itself, which has become even more attractive to tourists thanks to significant investments in recent years.


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The development was implemented from EU funding thanks to project GINOP-7.1.6-16-2017-00005 under the Economic Development and Innovation Operational Programme.

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