Batthyány Cellar – Winecathedral in VillánykövesdA cathedral-sized cellar? It is worth visiting!
Among the many cellars in the Villány Wine Region , – registered as architectural values – excells the arrangement of the Batthyány Cellar resembling a single nave church. Laird Batthyány Ádám made Italian church builders build a new tithe cellar from 1810 to 1814, in order to be able to include the increased amount of crops. The cellar arched with bricks was created in a specific ″L″ shape. The narrower cellar-branch leads into the church-sized, 10-metre wide, 40-metre long and 7-metre high inner cellar part.
The unfolding view, the huge space framed with barrels has a fascinating effect on everyone. As the level of technological development of the era did not make underground cellar construction possible, the hill above it was removed, and after elevating the walls of the cellar (church) the earth was brought back onto it. Because in the past wine used to transported on horse carriages, the cellar is not deep but very wide.
At the time of its construction it belonged to the Batthyány family, but due to a marriage it became the property of the Montenouvo family of Bóly, and until the end of World War II it had remained in their possession. After that it belonged to the Farming Cooperative of Villánykövesd, then from 1975 it was the property of the ″New Constitution″ Farming Cooperative, and from October 2003 that of Villányi Szársomlyó Ltd. (Source: www.villanyiborvidek.hu)
With its grandiose outlook and peculiar acoustics it is undoubtedly suitable for being the venue of the European Wine Song Festival taking place in every September.
In this cellar the wines of Villányi Szársomlyó Ltd. have already fermented for 60 years. The Ltd. is currently dealing with winegrowing on more than 120 hectares. In our vineyards 8 sorts of red grape: Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, Blue Frankish, Portugieser, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Nero and Zweigelt, moreover, 9 sorts of white grape: Chardonnay, Chasselas, Muscat Ottonel, Nectar, Pinot Blanc, Welschriesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gray Friar and Tramini are cherished by the Mediterranean climate. In their cellars in Villány and Villánykövesd, e.g. in Batthyány Cellar 7000 hectolitres of wine can be fermented in traditional oak barrels each year.
The programme includes
Within the framework of the programme Batthyány Cellar, also known as ″Wine Cathedral″, can be visited. Besides the visit wine-tasting can also be requested.
Address: Villánykövesd, Vasút u. 2. Visit only by appointment! Further information: Albert Ibolya, +36-30-377-83-18.
About the entry fees and the prices of wine-tastings you can be informed in the above availabilities.
- likes history;
- would not like to miss one of the most spectacular cellars of the wine region ;
- is curious about the historical treasure of the Villány-Siklós Wine Region;
- looks for a meaningful trip programme even with a cycling tour, a cellar-visit to Villánykövesd, or a lunch in our cellar restaurant.