Wine-making in Slovakia is known quiet badly in Europe. By far more people know about other Slovak drinks- beer and a drink from plums. It looks as if Slovak people are not satisfied with this fact. Truly speaking there are some kinds of wine in Slovakia which their country can be really proud of. There are special wine tours in Slovakia which can tell you a lot about the history of wine production in the country.
Maybe for some people the fact that Tokai is the most known Slovak wine will become a revelation but still. It’s admitted to consider that Tokai is a purely Hungarian product. In reality Tokai valley is the only one where a special sort of grapes is grown for this wine. It’s situated on the territory of Hungary and Slovakia. More than 200 hectares of this valley belong to Slovakia. Slovak Tokai doesn’t cede to Hungarian one as Slovak people keep to the technology of a 300 antiquity in the production of wine which is the same as their neighbor’s one.
Price is the only means which distinguishes Slovak Tokai from a Hungarian one. The price of a bottle of a 7 year wine produced by not quiet a big wine-making economy can make up 15 Eur.
Slovakia isn’t restricted to Tokai only. The lovers of tours along the towns can make a raid along the longest wine route of the country – Nitryanskiy. It goes along the region of a full-flowing Danube across the towns of Topolchanka, Seredi, Pukanec and it finishes in the town Nitra at the bottom of a well-known Zaborskiy hill where the first Slovak wine was produced more than two thousand years ago.
Preshov, Bardejov, Levoca, Kezmarok are the towns which are famous for their traditions of a wine-making. Preshov deserves a real attention. The museum of wine was opened by enthusiasts in this very town. It’s situated in the basements of an old city prison. The museum collection honors not only Preshov but the whole Slovakia. Except for local kinds of wine there are the ones of the countries of an Old Europe (France) and a new world (Chile). The tasting is regularly organized in the museum.
Those people who are tired of long trips can make mini-excursions along the wine-making in Slovakia. It’s enough to come into one of the hundreds of wine houses (a building where the only alcoholic drink is wine). These places are practically in every Slovak town, so you get there and ask for a wine map and understand the meaning of choice when you can’t really make up your mind at once. “Vlashskiy Riesling”, “A Green Velteliner”, “Rachenska Frankovka” are the names of the wine the taste of which you understand after the first gulp.