Wine in Slovakia
Winemaking in what is now Slovakia started over 2000 years ago. During the Habsburg Monarchy wine from the Slovak wine regions was exported worldwide and served at royal courts. The modern Slovak wine-makers have reconnected to the famous past.
Royal wines from Slovakia
Thanks to the ideal climatic conditions, viticulture became an important part of the economy early on. Ever since the 13th century viticulture and trade with wine was for 700 years the dominant part of the economy of Bratislava (then Pressburg).
Thus Bratislava was already in the Middle Ages one of the few bigger towns that not only lived from wine trade, but were also important wine producers. It was a tradition back then that Hungarian kings would visit during the harvest. Naturally, the local wine would be supplied to the royal court. The Blaufränkisch from today’s Bratislava’s suburb of Raca (then Ratzersdorf) was one of the preferred wines of Queen Maria Theresa (Royal Decree of 1767).
The Klevner (a blend of Pinot gris and Pinot blanc) from the village of Radosina, on the other hand, was liked by the Windsors. It was served during the wedding of Queen Elizabeth II in 1947 as well as during her coronation in 1953. More recently again at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
World class wines
In 1825 Fischer & Schönbauer established in Bratislava (then Pressburg) a winery that started producing “champagne” wines as the first winery outside France. The brand was in 1872 renamed into Hubert J.E. and became one of the favourite sparkling wines of the Emperor Francis Joseph I. and the official supplier to the court.
Bratislava (then Pressburg) with surroundings was the leader of wine exports from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The local wines were exported to all continents for 1860s onwards and were being compared to those from France. Apart from Hubert J.E. also Chateau Palugyay had become very successful and exported worldwide in the late 1800s. They were official suppliers to numerous royal courts across the continent and were served at the best restaurants in Europe. Chateau Palugyay was also available in the first class restaurant of the Titanic.
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