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The Wines of Jas這
October 1, 2010   
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Maria Kurowska, mayor of the southeastern town of Jas這, talks to Magdalena ζsak about the town’s tourist appeal.

Your town hosted the International Wine Days event for the fifth time in the summer. What’s the rationale behind the event?
Jas這 is the key wine production center in Poland. The first grapevine seedlings were planted here 25 years ago. Production gradually spread across the Jas這 area and the rest of the Podkarpacie and Ma這polska regions. Today Jas這 and its surroundings alone have over a dozen vineyards. The grapevine grows on slopes and other places that used to be covered by bushes and weeds. It is a marvelous sight. During the Wine Days, we provide wine makers with an opportunity to showcase their products and passion, while audiences get to taste the wine and compare it to foreign wines. We prove that Polish wine is by no means inferior to wines made abroad and can successfully compete with them on the market. Connoisseurs say the wines of Jas這 have a specific, exceptional flavor that results from the local soil and climate.

The International Wine Days are held together with the Visegrad Folklore Festival, which gives a broader cultural and international dimension to the event. Participants are entertained by Polish and foreign music acts that mainly play folk music from the four Visegrad Group countries, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Gourmets who like to revel in regional cuisine get to taste specialties of the Beskidy mountains. Each year, crowds of fans come to this celebration of wine and winemakers, held on the last weekend of August.

What else attracts tourists from Poland and abroad to Jas這?
We want Jas這 to be both a tourist mecca and an industrial town. We take advantage of our attractive location in southeastern Poland near the Beskid Niski mountain range. Tourists can visit the Karpacka Troja outdoor museum, climb the observation tower on Liwocz Hill, explore the John Paul II Trails in the Magurski National Park as well as the ㄆkasiewicz Trail and the Vineyard Trail. We also have small farms that produce food for themselves.

Three sites in Jas這 are part of the Tarnobrzeg Economic Zone with land available for development. There is a particularly attractive plot of land for investment located in the Warzyce zone in the direction of Krosno. We are laying down infrastructure in the area. In the town center, in turn, we have land assigned for hotel services. Investment in this rapidly developing sector is a proposal well worth considering. We also have smaller plots allocated for those wanting to do business. We are convinced that both large and medium-sized investors will find something just right for them in Jas這. We are open to cooperation and try to make all administrative procedures as simple as possible.

Maria Kurowska
Age: 56, married with three children.
Graduated from the Cracow University of Economics’ Faculty of Commodity Science in 1979.
Postgraduate degree in education management

Work experience:
- 1983-2006—mathematics teacher
- 1991-2006—principal, Elementary School in Lipnica Dolna
- 1990-1998—councilor, Brzyska Community
- 1999-2006—councilor and County Council chairman, Jas這
- 2006-2010—Mayor of Jas這
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