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Small Carpathian cellars open for a tipple

AMONG THE biggest events on the Small Carpathian Wine Route (MVC) is traditionally the Days of Open Cellars. This year, for the first time, wine cellars on the route will open on May 23, the day of the Feast of St. Urban – the patron saint of winemakers. During the May 2009 event, more than one hundred vintners and viticulturists will open their cellars from Bratislava to Trnava, the TASR newswire wrote.

Cellars will open on May 23.Cellars will open on May 23. (Source: Courtesy of MVC Information Centre)

AMONG THE biggest events on the Small Carpathian Wine Route (MVC) is traditionally the Days of Open Cellars. This year, for the first time, wine cellars on the route will open on May 23, the day of the Feast of St. Urban – the patron saint of winemakers. During the May 2009 event, more than one hundred vintners and viticulturists will open their cellars from Bratislava to Trnava, the TASR newswire wrote.

Public interest in the event usually exceeds the capacity of the cellars. The amount the vintners can offer has sometimes been insufficient to satisfy the more than 4,000 lovers of good-quality wine who have visited in the past.

“Therefore we have limited the number of tickets, which are already on sale, to no more than 20 tickets per person,” the head of the MVC, Milan Pavelka, said.

The best wines from MVC wineries, those which have passed demanding quality tasting events, are now placed on show in the National Wine Salon in Pezinok and in the Hall of Fame of Small Carpathian Wines in Limbach.

“The idea to make wine routes to highlight the best features of the vineyard countryside emerged in Slovakia in the latter half of the 1990s,” Pavelka said.

“The Small Carpathian Wine Route has gone furthest – it has changed from the initial idea to a year-round programme of events bound to viticulture and wine-production activities and the facilities typical for this wine-making region. The Days of Open Cellars have become our festival to showcase the quality of wines from the Small Carpathians.”

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