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Small Carpathians Wine Route (Malokarpatská vínna cesta)

Small Carpathians Wine Route (Malokarpatská vínna cesta)
Small Carpathians Wine Route (Malokarpatská vínna cesta)

Southwestern Slovakia's wine region stretches from Bratislava to Trnava. It thrived under the Austrian-Hungarian empire, when Hungary’s wine region was occupied; then suffered a blow under communism when the country’s wine production was centralized. But since 1989, small- and medium-sized wineries here have been resurrected, and the Small Carpathians Wine Route (Malokarpatská vínna cesta) was established to promote them.

On the way through the villages you can see many small, inviting wine cellars, the best places to taste the best home-made wine from this region.

Twice a year, in November and May, all winemakers along the route open their cellar doors to members of the public, who can learn more about the craft and sample the best wines from the previous season. (The May event gets its name from St. Urban, the patron of vineyard workers, whose feast day is May 25.).

There are around 80 wineries participating in the wine route.