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.
2. Mar 2009 at 0:00 | By Branislav Chovan