Alternatively, many more can be found in the small towns and villages north-west of Bratislava, often by the roadside. Most of these sell their own vineyards' products.
Local winemakers have grouped together to form the Small Carpathian Wine Route, which extends along the foot of the Small Carpathian hills through Svätý Júr, Pezinok and Modra as far as Smolenice, and east to the city of Trnava. The route makes for an excellent day trip from Bratislava (providing the nominated driver refrains from drinking). In the hills nearby are several castles – of which the largest, Červený Kameň (Red Stone), is open to visitors – as well as walking and cycling trails.
In Pezinok, about 30 kilometres north of Bratislava, is the National Wine Salon, where the best vintages from around Slovakia are collected (the selection is renewed annually) for visitors to taste.
Small Carpathian Wine Route: http://www.mvc.sk/topic.php?lang=en&topic=mvc&id=mvc
National Wine Salon: http://www.nsvsr.sk/ (in Slovak)
Červený Kameň castle: http://www.hradcervenykamen.sk/?page=how-to&language=en
Národný salón vín?Slovenskej republiky (National Wine Salon of the Slovak Repulic)
902 01 Pezinok
Hrad Červený Kameň (Red Stone Castle)
900 89 Častá
(about 10 kilometres north of Modra)
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