Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

HISTORY TALKS...

Prosperity from the vineyards

THE PRESENT DAY town of Pezinok, well-known for its vineyards, is not situated where it used to be. The remains of its 'predecessor' can be found in the nearby – and then much safer – Small Carpathians, where Božen, a prince of the Great Moravia, had his domain.

THE PRESENT DAY town of Pezinok, well-known for its vineyards, is not situated where it used to be. The remains of its 'predecessor' can be found in the nearby – and then much safer – Small Carpathians, where Božen, a prince of the Great Moravia, had his domain.

German settlers later changed the name to Bősing, which then evolved into Bazin, followed finally by its Slovak version, Pezinok.

Life in this town always centred around its vineyards and wine-making. The aforementioned Germans contributed largely to this.

Wine, being such an important part of people's everyday lives, also significantly influenced the local folklore. Indeed, the proverb “All worries can be washed away by wine” comes from Pezinok.

The famous Slovak polymath Matthias Bel only confirmed this when he said: “In Pezinok, they bathe in wine their bodies and their souls alike.”

With its production of wine, the locals’ fortunes grew as well. A number of splendid houses that have been preserved to this day reflect the prosperity of the town. The houses of burghers, vintners and wine merchants all form a harmonious whole in Pezinok.

This beautiful postcard portrays the centre of Pezinok as it looked in 1907.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Another For a Decent Slovakia protest was also joined by farmers

People took to the streets for the eighth time.

Farmers with tractors awaited the protesting crowd at the SNP Square in Bratislava.

Coronations return to Bratislava Photo

This year Bratislava will recall the coronation of Leopold II, the younger son of Maria Theresa.

Bratislava will again enjoy re-enactment of coronation ceremony

Police detain another person in promissory notes case

Ex-director of private broadcaster TV Markíza, Pavol Rusko, was detained shortly after being heard.

Pavol Rusko

Last Week in Slovakia: Farmers staged a protest by driving across the country Audio

Listen to all the headlines from The Slovak Spectator's news podcast.

Farmers also met President Andrej Kiska in Bratislava