Slovak wine remains mostly unknown, but the emerging regions in this country have lots to offer to the traveler who gets a kick out of discovering new wines and enjoys heading off-the-beaten path. Like Hungary, winemaking here dates back centuries, suffered terribly under Communism, and has tremendously risen in quality in recent years. The Južnoslovenská wine region is located just over the Danube from Hungary, where the rivers Garam and Ipoly meet the Danube. On the Hungarian side, the basilica in Esztergom is nearby, and the Slovak side holds vineyards that once belonged to the bishop of Esztergom and a beautifully-restored old chateau which is one of the region’s leading wineries. This region has attracted many boutique wineries, which are at the forefront of the new Slovak wine scene. Southern Slovakia produces the country’s best reds, as well as many white varietals. A visit here will include visits to several up-and-coming wineries (including one which focuses on natural winemaking) to taste their wines, which include international varietals such as cabernet sauvignon and grüner veltliner; important regional varietals like welschriesling and blaufränkisch; and varietals such as Devín and Dunaj, which are Slovak hybrids that you will never taste anywhere else.
In the Južnoslovenská region we offer private Wine Day Tours, which are customized to suit your interests.
The region can also be visited on our Budapest to Bratislava: Wine & Culture Along The Danube tour.
• Visit this emerging region to discover some fantastic wines, and taste some unique native varietals, which are practically unavailable outside of this region.
• Esztergom, one of Hungary’s oldest towns and most important historic cities, lies just over the bridge from Slovakia. The Danube winds in front of the basilica, which is the largest church in Hungary, and several ranges of hills are visible.
• The town of Komárom, which was split in two after World War One, can be visited. The southern side is in Hungary and the northern side is the Slovakian town of Komárno. The most outstanding sight is the 19th-century fort Monostor, which claims to be Central Europe’s largest military fortress.
• A region’s wine is closely intertwined with its food, and in this region we can arrange a home-cooked meal prepared at a winery. Eating lunch in the vineyards, while the winemaker pours you his wine, will be an experience to remember.
Esztergom is about 50 kilometers (a 1-hour drive) from Budapest, and then the wineries in Slovakia are about a 30-minute drive further.
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