Photographer's Note

Tállya is a village in the famous Tokaj-Hegyalja wine district. There is a story relating wine from Tállya:

Once upon a time, when Gods and giants from fairy tales were fighting with each other, the Gods attacked giants in devastating battles, deprived them of their huge hunches, and placed these hunches on the edge of the Hungarian plain. Later on fairies moved to the Tokay Mountain, but the spewing mountain caused a lot of trouble and sorrow to the inhabitants, especially the fairy couples in love. Once one of the young male fairies fell in the crater, and his love was looking for him in vain, he wasn’t found. She couldn’t stop crying – her sorrowful tears were absorbed by the vine stocks and, according to the legend, that’s why the Tokay wine is so sweet and has the colour of the sun. So much for fairy tales – the area and the wine owe their fame to the Council in Trident, where György Draskovics served a wine from Tállya for lunch to Pope Pius IV in 1562. The Pope shouted "…patrem sanctum talia vina decent!", i.e. “Tállya wine should be on the Pope’s table” in delight.

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