Reporter - In the studio dr.
Katalin Eszter Soós, the sales representative of Villa
Katalin Eszter Soós - Good morning.
Reporter - It has been one and a half week since the damage. The
police is going on with the investigation. Do you have
any information about the offenders?
Katalin - No,
unfortunately not yet. It’s true, the Veszprém Police is
investigating in the matter, but we don’t have any
information yet. Mr. Sandahl will come from Sweden to
Hungary to be interviewed by the police.
Reporter - Obviously the
local people speak about it. The today’s edition of
Magyar Nemzet supposes that there is jealousy int he
background of the deed, because in Badacsony there are
excellent winemakers, but this territory is used by
foreigners. What do you think about it? Would it be the
Katalin - I would be sad, if it was the
motive, because we all think that those persons who are
dedicated to wine, greap, wine-culture, are not able to
do such a crime. At the same time, the high flight of
the Villa Sandahl Kft. in the past year may have caused
some kind of envy in certain persons, because we have
achieved such results that can give rise to enviousnes.
But not in this level.
Reporter - We speak about 1500 wine
stocks. As you mentioned it is a 0,6 hectar territory.
It was damaged in one night. How many persons were
necessary to do this deed?
Katalin - Probably it was not one
person, but I cannot guess. Truly those stocks could
have been cut by pair of pruning clippers. As you so the
previous film, these stocks are relatively young, 2-3
years old. It did not need very serious equipment.
Reporter - How
did the foreign owner got informed about the crime?
Katalin - From
our Hungarian colleague.
Reporter - What was his first impression
Katalin - The consternation. The shock. In case of
such a crime this is the first impression, I think.
Reporter - Obviously in such case you lett he police carry ont he
investigation ,but inevitably the anger and sadness
rules , and you may start private investigation, you may
pose questions to the local people. What did they say?
Katalin - They only can guess as well, but I think it’s not
proper to suspect anyone. Probably mediocre committers to
be thought of. As I mentioned before we cannot suppose
such deed from any winemaker.
Reporter - What is the extent of
Katalin - We have to divide the question, because
the part of the stocks probably will sprout, but
there will be some that dies because of this brutal
intervention. Those that die ,will be substituted by a
new plant. We speak about 30-year-old stocks. If it
cannot be saved it has to be substituted. Fort he newly
planted shoot will take 7-10 years to produce – at a
rough estimate – as good wine as a 30-year-old stock. On
the other hand, those stocks that will survive and will
come into leaf, will need 2-3 years to produce grape.
Consequently we have to speak also about lost earning, that is several millions of Forints
Reporter - What was the international reaction to this
case? I suppose that’s the news spread also to abroad,
since there are foreign investors.
Katalin - We receive the sympathetic e-mails one after the other. Since we haver
quality wines that e.g. in London on Decanter WWA won
gold medals, the foreign experts that have high esteem
towards our wines, write the e-mails one after the
[Comment from Villa Sandahl: Financial Times writes
about foreign investors and their reporters were upset.
An article about investing in Hungary will come later
Reporter - After a such brutal deed – as you put in to
words – how do you think you can save your stocks?
Katalin - I
don’t think that Badacsony hill or any other vineyard in
Hungary can be equipped with cameras. I don’t think that
this would be the solution. Rather the attitude of
people should be changed in a way that they should be
happy about the other’s success. The fact that we spread
the good reputation of Hungarian wines, and we raise the
reputation of Hungary, this should be welcomed , instead
of reacted with enviousness.
Reporter - Anyway, most people that
we asked in Badacsony, told that the winemakers of
Badacsony don’t carry on rivalry with each other that
way. Consequently I supposed that it is beginning to
take shape a collaboration.
Katalin - Certainly, yes.
Reporter - I know
I have already asked, whether you have any idea about
the committers, but if you think about the past some
months or years, was there any company, or winemaker
(though you told it was impossible) , who you had any
conflict with? Could you mention any? Even with a name?
Katalin - Since the time that I have been working in the
viticulture, I have only met steadfast, honest persons,
that I cannot imagine such crime or even such idea
about. It is almost inconceivable that winemaker can
commit such deed.
Reporter - On this spot, where the 1500 stocks
were ruined, people have been provided for work. What
will happened to them?
Katalin - Truly this will provided even
more work to the co-workers, because we have to start up
almost from zero on this territory. When the stocks will
start up, they will need green works, spraying, etc.
There will be a lot of work with these stocks.
Reporter - We hope
that the police will find some track, and will wind out
who could have committed this destruction. Thank you for
being my guest.
Katalin - Thank you for you to.