Magyarbóly is a worthily famous small village in Baranya County. According to the chronicle of Anonymous it indicates the land of Boja chief who belongs to the Ete tribe. The settlement is located 4 km from Villány and the local Roman remains prove that it was an inhabited area already in ancient times. Its name was Boyad, and it was mentioned for the first time in the documents dating from 1287. Magyarbóly was the property of the Bólyai family for a very long time, than it became the property of the Kórógyi family. They founded a Franciscan monastery there, which was operating for many decades.
Already in the 15th century the area was famous for its delicious wines and trading activities. In the 18th century Swabian settlers arrived to the village and built the first school and the first church of Magyarbóly. For a long time this village was the centre of the Lutherans in the area. The Catholic church, the Calvinist church and the Lutheran church are the main sights in the village today. In the Lutheran church there can be found the very precious altarpiece „Last supper” painted by Viktor Madarász.
Today the settlement is characterised by constant development, it belongs to one of Hungary’s most famous wine regions, namely the Villányi-Siklósi wine region. Thanks to the high number of sunny hours the vintage and fruit crops enjoy a high quality. Worthily famous wines and fruit brandies (Palinka) are produced all over Central Europe and this ensures the excellent quality of the Palinka of Magyarbóly.
Palinka refers to all distillates produced from fruit and marc grown in Hungary. The method of distillation is very simple. During the boiling vapour is produced. This vapour has to be liquefied through cooling. This will be achieved by impeding the outflow of water vapour and by allowing only the vapour with high alcohol content getting out of the pot, right into the fridge. Since the components of the mash have different boiling-points (ethyl alcohol: 78,3°C, water: 100°C), the alcohol begins to boil earlier, making it easy to separate them.
There are two types of distillation processes: double distillation process (pot still „kisüsti” technology) and the most recent single distillation.
Our technology is state-of-the-art. This modern distillation apparatus cooks and rectifies in a single process, this is the reason why it is called as re-distillation process with amplifier or column process.
The boiling equipment is combined with a column, which concentrates the alcohol and where the whole rectifying process takes place. From the pot the vapour rises in the direction of the column, where different cylinders in the shape of a plate are installed. In these plates the vapour is condensing, which brings the liquid to the boil and the vapour with higher alcohol content rise higher into the next plate. From the plates the overflow-pipes carry the extra liquid back to the lower plates. After leaving the last plate, the vapour comes to the dephlegmator, where the water-rich vapour is condensed and gets back to liquid-part of the highest plate. Only vapours with high alcohol content can get into the fridge. It is very important to separate the middle cut, which has a temperature of approximately 80°C. This is the point where the most important part of the Palinka production begins: setting the appropriate alcohol strength, resting the Palinka in order to make it possible to reach the balance of taste and flavour, to defecate its gruffness and to develop its own and final character.
Our environmental policy
At the planning of our factory we paid particular attention to environmental protection and to the optimisation of energy consumption.
100% of the by-products originating from the production are elaborated. The big amount of foreshots and feints, which are maybe useless for others, are burned in a special engine and produce electricity. In our biogas-fermentor the wine-mash waste that remained from the distillation is used up and this way a high quality biogas can be gained. These energy sources are recycled in our factory and all materials remained after the biogas production are taken to our compost farm for composting.
In the next few years we are planning to build greenhouses. These will be heated by heat energy produced by a generator as well as gained from the high-temperature cooling water produced during the factory operation.