Wine Bratislava has been a good combination for ages. Discover with Bratislava City Tours a little bit about the bright past, present and future of wine cultivation in Slovakian capital.
First written mentions about the wine cultivation in Bratislava we have from middle age. In all Europe the climate was quite warm and Slovakia had a really good conditions for wine cultivation. The wine had a really good quality and was a big demand for it. The main market for Bratislava’s wine markers was mainly Poland Kingdom. There is one saying from this period, that Polish nobleman said, rather no wine if not from Hungarian Kingdom. Development of wine culture of Bratislava is closely connected with a long period when Bratislava was a capital city of Hungarian Kingdom.
Actually Bratislava is located on border of three drink cultures. It is mainly beer culture from Czech republic & Germany, spirit culture from North of Europe and wine culture of South of Europe.
According the legends the most favorite wine of famous empress Maria Theresa who was coronated in Bratislava was Racianska Frankovka from outskirts of Bratislava – Raca. The legends say, that every time Maria Theresa drunk Racianska Frankovka she became pregnant. And as we know Maria Theresa had 16 kids, so she drunk Racianska Frankovka quite often 🙂
In 1825 in Bratislava was established the first company outside France what produced the sparkling wine. The founders were Bratislava’s citizens Michal Schönbauer & Jan Fisher. They called their sparkling wine Ungarischer champagner – The Hungarian Champagne. The sparkling wine became very popular. In 1875 the company was bought by the rich family of Huberts, and the sparkling wine was renamed onto Hubert. The head of the company was young lady Pauline Hubert, what was unusual for that time. The Hubert champagne became even more popular, the most popular brand name was Gentry Club.
The most famous family of wine makers was a family of Palugyay, who can compete thanks to the good marketing with their Bratislava’s wines even to French wines. Their wine you can buy even in Mexico or India. Their wine should be in the offer of restaurant at TITANIC.
Wine Bratislava is one of the successful tales of “the beauty on Danube”, which is one of the nicknames of Bratislava. Would you like to learn more about the wine and wine history of Slovakia? Book one of our tours closely connected with wine: