In a press conference in Tolcsva on 8th November, Minister of Agriculture Sándor Fazekas announced that the government had earmarked some 1.5 billion HUF (4.8 million EUR) for the locally based wine museum under what is called the National Wine Treasure Programme. The two-year Programme is aimed at renewing the nearly one-kilometre-long museum cellar system and ensuring the safe preservation of the heritage Tokajis stored therein, as well as finding ways to allow access to visitors in the future.
The collection had been started secretly in 1973 by some mid-managers of the region's former government-run wine company and then formalised as a wine museum in early 1980. It spans 34 vintages from 1895 and 1988, 23 of which being top-rated Aszú years. The value of the 390,000 bottles is estimated at close to 21 billion HUF (57 million EUR).