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Technical Monuments
Old Winemaking Implements (for grape processing)
Catalogue Number:  266
Stamp and Coupon Design:  Karol Kállay using the museum's exhibits and old printed illustrations
Stamp and Coupon Engraving:  Václav Fajt
Date of Issue:  June 24, 2002
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Rotary recess printing combined with recess printing
Size of Impression:  40.0 mm x 23.0 mm
Print Run:  800,000
FDC Motif:  Duıan Kállay
FDC Engraving:  Václav Fajt
Cancellation Design:  Duıan Kállay
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
FDC Print Technology:  offset
FDC Print Run:  6,000

For centuries it was disputed from when were vines first grown on the hillsides of the Small Carpathians and in other traditional vine growing areas in Slovakia. Archaeological research has at last determined that the Celts had indeed cultivated grapevines several centuries before the arrival of the Romans and Slavs. During the Middle Ages, viticulture and winemaking were developed by the towns, nobility and monasteries which consequently generated a significant part of the country's economy. At the height of development, there were up to 80 thousand hectares of vineyards in Slovakia. Neither the Thirty Year's War nor the pest epidemic, phylloxera, brought the wine growing industry to its knees.
Presently, vine growing is progressively moving forward as Slovakia prepares for the transition to become an equal player in the European system of vine growing, as testified during the 27th World Congress of Vine and Wine in Bratislava.

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