History & Geography
Near Etyek, our founder Jozsef Törley found suitable vineyards, which had similar soil and climatic features to those of Champagne. He found the right spot for a processing plant in Budafok because it also had ideal limestone cellars with constant temperatures, the same as in Champagne. The experts who equipped the plant were French, just like the plant’s manager. József TÖRLEY was both a great businessman and a skilled professional. The plant’s output reached 2 million bottles by the 1910’s. An era in the plant’s history has ended in 1944, when the plant was hit in the bombings. After the war, and before it was nationalized by the state in 1950, the plant was inactive and in a vegetative state, employing only 4 people. Törley Sparkling Wine Cellar’s output peaked during the 1980’s, when the Hungarian sparkling wine acropolis produced about 30 million bottles a year. Besides the Soviet and East German markets, Törley exported its products to West Germany, Austria and the West.
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