Wine has always been and will no doubt continue to be key to Bratislava’s cuisine.
In the city center you will find many charming places where you can taste wines from the surrounding region but also from all over Slovakia and abroad. Try the National Wine Salon of the Slovak Republic, where you can taste a selection of the best Slovak wines, which are selected by oenologists, sommeliers and winemakers in the highest Slovak wine competition. There is only one more such place in Europe.
A short distance away, another unique experience awaits you in the form of a Wine Tasting in the Dark. You lose your sight for a moment and your other senses become fully activated. Your tongue will recognize the finest textures and your taste buds will become extra sensitive. In the absolute darkness of a medieval old-town cellar without disturbing sensations, you will discover flavors that you have only read about on labels so far.
The Bratislava wine-growing district is part of the Small Carpathian wine-growing region, where the Slovak version of Chardonnay, Pinot blanc, Noir and Gris is produced as well as Savignon, Gewurztraiminer, Cabernet Sauvignon, Albernet, St. Laurent, and Zweigeltrebe.
Unique to the region are Silvánske zelené, Devín, Milia, Noria, Dunaj, and Hron grapes The latter are Slovak grape varieties cross-bred to thrive in the unique Slovak climate and soil.
- In addition to the Devín castle, great way to experience Devín is traditional local currant wine made from red and black currants that were grown on the slopes. Fans of sweeter fruit wshould not miss it out.
- Rača, a northern suburb of Bratislava, produces the wonderful red wine Blaufrankisch/Lemberger known as Frankovka. Forever linked to Empress Maria Theresa, who was so impressed with its medicinal qualities and its ability to make her forget the many headaches of governing a large and complex empire that she gave Rača royal privileges to reward the region for producing this rich, full-bodied, red wine.