Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

FOCUS SHORT

‘First Lady’ of wine cultivation

DEVÍN and Dunaj: these are the names of an ancient castle near Bratislava and the river that forms much of Slovakia’s southern border. But they are also the names of the best-known new grape varieties cultivated by Dorota Pospíšilová, who first started cultivating grapes in 1952 even though her first officially-registered varieties came much later, in the late 1990s.

DEVÍN and Dunaj: these are the names of an ancient castle near Bratislava and the river that forms much of Slovakia’s southern border. But they are also the names of the best-known new grape varieties cultivated by Dorota Pospíšilová, who first started cultivating grapes in 1952 even though her first officially-registered varieties came much later, in the late 1990s.

Pospíšilová explained in a show on TV JOJ that for a new grape variety to be registered it must be much better than the grape from which it was cultivated in characteristics such as fertility or sugar content.

The white Devín variety and the red Dunaj variety are very suitable for the specific soil and weather conditions in Slovakia. Other grape varieties that have been cultivated by Pospíšilová for wine production are Breslava and Hetery, both white, and red varieties such as Hron, Nitra, Rimava, Rudava, Torysa, Rosa and Váh.

Though Pospíšilová has reached the age of 81, she is continuing her experiments, for example by crossing established wine varieties with wild vines to make a new, stronger variety.

Top stories

My five-year-old daughter will almost certainly encounter a Weinstein too

It’s not that I thought sexually harassing women was okay, it’s more that I accepted that was just part of how things worked. Unfortunate, yes, but also standard.

Harvey Weinstein

Socialism elections were parody of free vote

After the revolution in 1989 the number of people participating in elections fell from 99 percent to around 60 percent.

Elections during socialism regime.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 17 and November 26, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Lúčnica

Top 3 stories from Last Week in Slovakia Video

Chinese could produce e-cars in Slovakia - PM Robert Fico does not see election defeat - Poliačik leaves the strongest opposition party

PM Robert Fico