The History of the Factory

The Champagne Factory of Pécs has a 150 years history. It was founded by Lőrinc Littke. He was originally Polish and tailor by profession. After the Polish Revolution in the 1830s he escaped to Hungary. He came to Pécs and joined a tailor guild. The family had two sons and the elder traveled to France to learn the art of „haute couture”. In the meantime, he fell in love with the making of champagne and wine so much that he immediately returned to Hungary and persuaded his father to start a champagne making business by using the special methodology of champagne production. He started various experiments to find the secret of the noble potion. After a study passage to Bratislava he returned home with recipes and knowledge of preservation and bottle and cork procurement. He saw a great opportunity in the champagne production so with the needed experience and financial capital he purchased the cellar system under the square in 1858 and founded Hungary’s first champagne cellar in the following year. It has had a prominent role in business life during the years.
It took them only a short time to gain a foothold in the Hungarian market. Later, the champagne factory appeared in the national and international exhibitions where it achieved prominent successes. The direction of the company was taken over by József Littke after the death of his father Lőrinc Littke. Under his direction, the factory arrived to its flourishing period.  In 1888, the Belgian Major Consul visited the factory, while in 1891, Emperor Francis Joseph I. saw the works after the consecration of the Cathedral of Pécs. The marble table at the entrance is a reminiscence of this event. After the tasting of the successful champagnes of the time (Monopole, Sport, Imperial Grand Vins Sec) the court made an order of sorts of Littke champagnes in bulk.
After a while, in 1892 the ruler gave the Littke company the title, ”The Transporter of the Caesarean and Royal Court” first among the Hungarian champagne producers.
The big boom was followed by the two world wars.
The general economic decline stood in the way of the further innovations and the secularization ended the Littke era in Pécs. The production re-started in 1966 under the name Pannovin Champagne Factory. The cellar economy united with the state economy of Villány and Siklós in 1978 and it started operating under the name Villány-Mecsekalja Winery Combinat.
 The next stage of the company was privatization in 1990 when it became the property of the state in majority. From September 1996, it gained a Swedish ownership and continued its working as Pannonia Cezar. As the sphere of the company’s activites expanded with grape growing and winery its name changed into Cezar Winery Kft from October 2003. This means that from then on, the company appeared on the market with its prize-winning wines beside the champagnes.
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