Wine Heritage


Balatoncsicsó

Dear Visitor. We invite you to a wonderful place, to a land of peace of centuries. Calm and quiet environment surrounds the area, touching the hearts and spirits of all visitors. Past times with great traditions form every second of the present here. A memento of the old times, a fortified church of the XIIIth century from the era of the kings of house Arpad overlooks the land at the feet of mount St Blaise. The church towers above the mountain saying: ’Human, do not forget that only knowledge and respect of your past can lead you to a solid and happy future!’

According to legends the Nivegy valley became a settlement back in the time of the Settlement of the Magyars in Hungary. Knight Buda settled here on the northern downhill. The settlement is called Óbudavár even today. The knight had three sons, István, Jakab and Antal. When they grew up, their father has taken them to the top of Halom hill. From the top of the hill all three sons had to shoot an arrow. Where the arrows have landed, the three sons could start their own households.

This is how István became founder of –Csicsa- Balatoncsicsó today, Jakab became founder of Szentjakabfalva, and Antal became founder of Szentantalfa. Continuing towards Lake Balaton we find the village of Tagyon, and by the lakeside there is Zánka. Both villages are below 1000 inhabitants, we can also find the smallest municipality of the country with 71 inhabitants it is called Óbudavár.

The settlements are mentioned in the historical records in the XIIthcentury but it also can be known that the Romans also favored these lands as settlements and have already grown wine grapes. A common thing about the settlements of this region is that there are many churches in these villages. We can find 2 or 3 in one settlement. These buildings date back to several centuries, bringing back the glory of the past. The remaining ruins of the Calvinistic Church of Zánka Balázs can be found on the top of ‘szőlőhegy’ (‘grape hill’). It used to be the church of the village in the XIIIth century where the annual mass was held. Some original parts of this church date back to the XIIth century. Also Zánka hosts the biggest child and youth camp of Europe.