I’m coming back after a long break with a rant. As a wine enthusiast, I was quite excited to know about all these wine/harvest festivals going on around Bratislava. After accidentally discovering the intriguing Svätovavrinecké grape and tasting the wonderful Mrva & Stanko Svätovavrinecké wine at Primi bar, I was quite happy about these events and the possibility of tasting more Slovak wine.
So last weekend I attended the Vinobranie in Pezinok. Once I got there I thought I was witnessing an early Christmas market. ‘Where’s the wine?’ I kept asking myself. Toys, sweets, handmade jewelry, handmade useless stuff, Jägermeister (!), sausages, ciganska, kebabs,
kürtőskalács trdelník, beer (!), too many people, too many mothers trying to make way using prams with babies in them. The good thing about the whole event was that I got to drink burčiak and mušt after a very long time. But no wine tasting whatsoever
In short, about Slovak wine festivals. If you’re looking for a peaceful, well-organised wine tasting… avoid. If you want to attend a street market with your friends, drink beer and have local fast-food, well… what better excuse than the grape harvest?