Tállya is situated in the northwestern part of the Tokaj wine region. The name dates back to the 13th century and originates from the French word “taille” (meaning ’cut’ and ’clearing’). At the time French immigrants settled down around Tokaj and cut down the woods on the hills to replace them with vines. There are many buildings and objects to testify to the rich heritage of the town’s history including the Maillot Castle, the Rákóczi and the Szirmay Manors, as well as the Bernáth House where Kálmán Mikszáth wrote his famous novel A Strange Marriage. The fictional heroine of Sándor Weöres’ Psyche, Erzsébet Lónyai grew up and lived in Tállya.
Tállya has always been one of the more important towns in the Tokaj wine region and the wines made here, especially the sweet wines, have always been highly regarded. Written records show that sweet wines were produced here as early as the middle of the 16th century. According to an often quoted story at the Council of Trent in 1562 György Draskovich the Bishop of Pécs served a sweet wine from the Palota vineyard to Pope Pius IV who upon tasting the wine replied by saying “Summum pontificem talia vina decent”, meaning “Tállya wine worthy of a Pope”.
There are countless reasons why Tállya is worth a visit. The picturesque landscape with gently rolling hills covered by vines, the centuries old stone buildings with their underground cellars, the sweet and dry wines, the annual festivals and art camps make Tállya and the surrounding area an exciting and attractive destination all year round.