1. Small Carpathians. Our superb guide takes you to explore the wine-making countryside to the east of Bratislava known for quaint villages, historic towns and castles. Slovakia’s largest compact wine-growing region starts already in Bratislava and extends for 60km to the east of the city. The vineyards that cover the south slopes of the Small Carpathian Mountains produce some great white and rosé wines. Some of Europe’s largest wine cellars are to be found in a mighty fortress surrounded by thick forests rich in game.
2. Cerveny Kamen Castle. The highlight of the Small Carpathians Tour is the visit of the Cerveny Kamen Castle (Red Stone Castle), which ranks among the best preserved in Slovakia and boast apart from the beautifully furnished period rooms the largest cellars in central Europe. Originally built in the 13th century as a royal castle, it was transformed in the 16th century into an untakeable fortress that was meant to store and protect copper from invading enemies. Shortly after the castle ownership in the 16th century, its enourmous cellars started to be used to store wine from the region.
3. Wine & Ceramics. To finally see how wine is made in Slovakia nowadays and taste some together with traditional food, you will visit a unique state-of-the-art winery that combines art, food and wine in one attractive complex.The Small Carpathians wine-growing region is noted, besides its wines, for ceramics production. Before heading back to Bratislava, you will visit a local Majolica manufactory where you will experience all the different stages of hand-made production.
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"I just wanted to pass on my thanks for a fascinating tour. We certainly got to understand a lot more about this country and Bratislava. Your knowledge is amazing and what must be in that memory is mind boggling! You are a great ambassador for the city and the country and have a passion for the history of Slovakia and this shone through."
D.M., Florida, USA
Enjoy a scenic drive through the quiant countryside with vineyards and historic towns at the foot of the Small Carpathians. Visit the mighty Cerveny Kamen Castle, taste local wines and discover the old tradition of ceramics production.
Duration: 5-8 hours