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The Small Carpathian Wine Route – Day of Open Wine Cellars

on November 17, 2013

Yesterday I went on a wine tour with some colleagues from the language school where I teach. We left Piestany at around 11am to visit some of the many wine cellars which were participating in the day of open wine cellars.

First up was Elesko wine park. Elesko is a large wine producer and the winery has an art museum attached. The building is very modern and really stands out against the hills full of vineyards. We had a quick tour of the art gallery where we saw some of the large collection of works by Andy Warhol (possibly Slovakia’s most famous export) including a particularly impressive Red Lenin (We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the gallery so here’s an image I borrowed from the internet) before going on to sample some of the many good wines on offer.





Not sure if this is an art piece or a comment on the perils of cycling under the influence!


After a quick lunch break we got in the van again and headed to the nearby town of Modra, at the heart of Slovakia’s main wine-producing region. A large number of wine cellars were participating in the event and the quality of the wines on offer was generally excellent, especially the sparkling white and rosé wines. The popularity of the event meant that there were a lot of buses and vans ferrying people from one location to the other. The result was that a lot of the wine cellars got quite crowded, but the atmosphere was generally relaxed, friendly and fun. Modra is a pretty little town and probably worth a longer visit at some point.





Nothing says “welcome to my wine cellar” like a dead animal’s skull nailed to the wall…

And on to the next location – another large wine producer, this time Karpatská Perla in Šenkvice. Again this producer had some impressive wines on offer, at reasonable prices. They also had a coffee shop, and food for sale, which was very welcome.




Back in the van again, next stop Pezinok, where again we had the opportunity to visit a number of wine cellars. At this point the number of wines I tasted may have started to take their toll, but it seemed like the stairs into the various wine cellars were getting steeper and steeper! Pezinok also seemed like a nice town worthy of a longer visit, but on this occasion darkness was falling and we concentrated on sampling the wines.





Once more back in the van and onto our final stop of the day – Sváty Jur (St George), near Bratislava. For me, this was the least impressive part of the day, both in terms of the wines available and also the crowds, which had become overwhelming, to the point where we left a couple of places because they were so crowded that there was no chance of being served.




JC continues to work his magic – this was water 5 minutes earlier…

And I’m pretty sure Dan Brown would have based a chapter or two on this lot…




And then home, with some good memories and 5 bottles of wine to keep me going for a while…



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