Slovakia: Small Carpathian Wine Route

Slovakia: Small Carpathian Wine Route Who would have thought that Slovakia (not to be confused with Slovenia) has wine growing regions. They are not well known outside the country since not much Slovakian wine is exported. But if you think about it, Slovakia shares its southern border with two established wine countries, Austria and Hungary. No wonder that you can find similar grape varietals on either side of the border. Except they have different names. What is Gruener Veltliner there is called Veltlínske zelené here, the Slovakian Rizling vlašský is also known as Welschriesling or Olasz Rizling, and the ubiquitous Blaufrankisch AKA Kekfrankos turns into Frankovka modrá.
The best way to explore the finer details of these prominent Central European wine sorts is to go and check it out yourself. An easy way is to take a short car ride from Bratislava, Slovakia's capital at the River Danube with its cute Old Town, to the Small Carpathian Wine Route (Malokarpatská vínna cesta). Read up about it in a nicely produced brochure that also provides names and addresses of many estates you can visit along the road.