Folly Arboretum and Winery
More than a botanic garden
Our botanic garden is not simply an arboretum of many. It is not only a unique collection of cedars and cypresses, but a family history of several generations, a result of dedicated work and perseverance. Be a part of the history of our family! Feel the tranquility of centuries-old cedars, an enchanting view over the lake Balaton and taste our wines, which are expertise and spare no effort were made to you.
Our great grandfather, Gyula Folly (1867–1915), was a doctor from Pécs who at the beginning of the twentieth century decided to fell the native oaks and replace them with exotic tree species. The area where he started the planting covers 0.4 hectares and is considered to be the heart of the current collection. He was eager to collect species which fitted the microclimate of Balaton and could tolerate dry conditions.
World Wars and state requisition
The founder’s death and the First World War put a stop to continued planting. Indeed, between the two world wars, the cultivation of the arboretum came to a halt. During this time the family out of respect to the father, was eager to maintain the little arboretum. Luckily, during the Second World War, no damage was caused to the garden. In 1950, a part of the family estate was requisitioned by the State and the Badacsony Agricultural Authority. However, in 1953, Gyula Folly (1911–1979), our grandfather, the son of the founder and an economist, started to plant these exotic species once again. Our father, Gyula Folly (1943–2011), the grandson of the founder and an agricultural engineer, took over these plots and planted them with exotic species. In 1981 he embarked upon a western European collection tour and returned with around a hundred new species, most of which he planted on the top terrace. His hard work is evident when we look at the then uncultivated land under the Old Arboretum. In 1980, with State support, a fence was erected around the arboretum to prevent damage by wild animals and theft. At this time the family asked for compensation for their requisitioned land, but the State made it clear that by now the arboretum was so well maintained at great expense, that the family could only buy it back for cash. This is how the whole area became the property of the Folly family once again.
Two ladies – the recent generation
Five years ago, we, the fourth generation, Réka Folly and Judith Folly, became involved in the work. We continue to cultivate the arboretum and winery, thus maintaining the century old family tradition.
Grape varieties of Folly
Budai Zöld: 0.8 ha, Kisörsi-hegy
Szürkebarát (Pinot Gris): 1 ha Kisörsi-hegy
Olaszrizling (Welshriesling): 1.5 ha, Kisörsi-hegy
Muscat Ottonel: 1 ha, Szénégető-dűlő
The nose is dominated by aromas reminiscent of red berry fruits, enhanced by the added carbon dioxide. On the palate this light, summer wine is full of raspberry and strawberry.
The nose is dominated by the charming, flowery sweetish aromas of Muscat Ottonel. On the palate the peachy character of Szürkebarát is combined with the almond and mineral tones of Olaszrizling with a touch of citrus fruits. A light, reductive wine.
Muscat Ottonel 2017
The nose is dominated by almost sweetish aromas of elderberry and acacia flower with yellow flesh fruits.A playful wine with a contrast between the sweetish sensation on the nose and the refreshing bone dry character on the palate.
The nose is dominated with the citrus character of Olaszrizling. On the palate it has a lovely, creamy texture with honey aromas and stone fruit notes. The aim was to retain the fruity flavors, not to let the barrel notes overwhelm the wine.