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Wine Tasting & Brewery Tour of Slovakia

Wine Tasting & Brewery Tour of Slovakia, Slovakia Travel, Location Slovakia - A land of wine. Have you heard this assertion before? No? Then you should keep reading this short intruduction until the end.

Although Slovakia is not home to the legendary Mount Ararat, where Noah landed with his ark, carrying a vine, its winegrowing heritage dates back to the times well before Christ. Wine was relished by Celts and Romans, as well as Svatopluk, the Great Moravian monarch. Modern Slovak wine has its roots set deep in the past.
Nowadays Slovakia’s winegrowing territory is divided into six regions that are further divided into forty winegrowing subregions and 603 winegrowing municipalities. Each of the regions has its own specific natural conditions and distinctive history. Slovakia is a winegrowing and winemaking miniature of Europe. It is a country of unlimited potential for white wines and of surprising variations of red wines. It is a country worth exploring with a wine glass in your hand.

Besides wine, production of mead and beer is strongly connected with Slovak territory as well. Mead is historically known as typical Slavic alcoholic beverage. Mead was considered the source of life, wisdom, courage and strength, and as such was preferably served to the kings and war heroes.

The tradition of brewing was evenly spread throughout Europe in the past, but only a few countries are still producing high quality traditional beer. Besides these countries, Slovakia has also preserved a few breweries that produce delicious beer using traditional recipe and keep it carefully kept secret for centuries.

During this tour you will explore and taste wines of local producers in 3 most popular wine regions: The viticular region of Male Karpaty, Central Slovakia wine region and Tokaj wine growing region, you will taste mead of awarded Slovak producer and you will see 2 local beer manufactures.

Highlights of the trip:

Banska Stiavnica Trinity Square Banska Stiavnica UNESCO World Heritage - gold mining town - The majority of monuments of Banska Stiavnica are concentrated into the area spreading between the Trinity and Radnicne squares. Both squares are separated from each other by the Gothic church of St Catherine from the end of the 15th century and the building of town hall with its slender clock tower.

Bratislava Castle four tower symbol Bratislava castle - symbol of the city - The Castle Hill in Bratislava and its Slavonic castle were of importance in the period of the Great Moravian Empire. The south-west tower housed the Hungarian coronation jewels for two centuries.

Bratislava Old town buildings Bratislava old town - characterised by many Baroque palaces and sacral buildings - Town Hall was erected in the 14th - 15th century. The historic centre is characterised by many Baroque palaces, notable cathedrals and churches include the Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral, the Franciscan Church and the Blue Church.

Male Karpaty Viticultural Region Male Karpaty viticultural region - the largest and most significant one in Slovakia - The Wine Route of Male Karpaty leads through the former royal towns Bratislava, Svaty Jur, Pezinok, Modra and ends in Trnava.

Sebechleby Sebechleby - Monument Reserve of Folk Architecture Stara Hora - Old wine growing village with preserved wine cellars dug into the tuff.

Kosice St Elisabeth Cathedral - the largest church in Slovakia - The dominant of the square and the town of Kosice is the monumental Gothic St Elisabeth Cathedral. Besides of beeing the largest cathedral in Slovakia it is also the easternmost situated Gothic cathedral of western type in Europe.

Tokaj wine region Tokaj - the smallest Slovak wine region - The Tokaj wine region, officially called Tokaj-Hegyalja, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002 and as producer of the world’s oldest botrytized wines it has a number of unparalleled assets. The area spreads in Slovakia and Hungary.

Trnava Town Trnava - called "Small Rome" thanks to many churches - Gained privileges of the free royal town as the first town in Slovakia in the 13th century.