CONFERENCE ON OLASZLISZKA’S HISTORICAL LINK TO BURGUNDY

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13th century settlers arriving to Tokaj from Burgundy founded and named at least a part of the village of Olaszliszka after their homeland. At a a conference held in the village on 14th November, local historian István Zelenák presented some documents and maps, dating from the 13th to 19th centuries, that corroborate this historical link between Burgundy and Tokaj. While mid-19th and early-20th century maps clearly show that both Bodrogkisfalud and Olaszliszka used to have a district called Burgundy, Olaszliszka is the only one that still preserves the memory of former Burgundian settlers in the name of a street called Burgundia (see photo), sometimes spelt Burgondia. Also, the very name of the village comprises the word olasz, which though means Italian in modern Hungarian, used to denote all Romance language speakers (including French) back in the Middle Ages.

Local winemakers' association Amici Vinorum Olaszliszka is planning to use this historical fact to establish a twinning link with the commune of Saint Aubin in Burgundy and help put the name of their village back on the world wine map.

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