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Small Carpathians Region


The Small Carpathians wine region is the most extensive of the six wine regions in Slovakia. Vines have been grown on the south-facing slopes of the Small Carpathian Mountains for two millennia. Green Veltliner, Silvaner, Riesling, White Ruland and Müller-Thurgau predominate among the white varieties and Frankovka Blue, Svätovavrinecké and Cabernet Sauvignon among the reds. The unique bouquet of Small Carpathian wines is renowned far and wide and the region prospers on its delicate high quality wines. Producers from the most important vine-growing region in Slovakia combine in the Small Carpathians Wine Route association. Thanks to this, the Bratislava region is closely linked to wine – the Small Carpathians grape harvest which takes place in September is an event known all over Slovakia, as also the day of open wine cellars dedicated to St. Martin in November and to St. Urban, patron-saint of vine-growers, in May.

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The Small Carpathians Wine Route winds through the former royal towns of Bratislava, Svätý Jur, Pezinok, and Modra and villages with houses typical of vinegrowers. The wine route offers wine tasting in wine cellars, bars and shops across the region and sampling of local gastronomic specialities. Who could resist the traditional goose meat and pancakes filled with goose pâté.

 

  • Svätý Jur and its surroundings make an ideal place for a trip, with its terraced vineyards on the slopes of the Small Carpathians. Šúr, a national nature reserve, a site unique in Central Europe, can be found nearby.

  • The Small Carpathians grape harvest alternates annually between Pezinok and Modra, or in Bratislava – Rača. It is a festival noted for burčiak – fermenting grape must. (www.mvc.sk)

  • An interesting architectural feature in the small wine town of Častá, Fugger’s house from 1540 has a vaulted cellar with amazingly extensive premises.

  • The Small Carpathians Museum in Pezinok provides an opportunity to learn about the history of vine-growing and wine production in the area below the Small Carpathian Mountains. Wine from Modra is distinguished for its unique taste and bouquet; so also are the ceramics from here noted for their original ornamentation and colour. Slovak folk majolica is associated with several generations of masters which reached their peak in works by Ignác Bizmayer. The gallery is part of the Ľudovít Štúr Museum in Modra.


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Cirque du soleil is back in Bratislava This time, the famous circus is coming with the show called Varekai. From 27th to 30th of April you can enjoy spectacular artistic circus. Thousands of viewers in Bratislava have already seen Cirque du Soleil´s shows in the past. The shows include gymnastic arts, beautiful costumes, unique stories and beautiful live music. There is no place for animals´ training in Cirque du Soleil. Only the artists show their perfect art on ground and even in the air. Beautiful shows have amazed the whole world and Slovakia is one of the countries which Cirque du Soleil visits regularly. You can look forward to seeing next Cirque du Soleil show, which has never been performed here yet. The premiere of Varekai took part in 2002 in Montreal. Since then, it has appeared in 130 cities, 23 countries and 10 milion of viewers have seen it till today! Varekai includes 50 proffesional artists, musicians, singers and characters from 19 countries of the world. Cirque du Soleil From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has approximately 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to close to 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.The story of Varekai Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai. The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary.The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies - the universal wanderers. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai.