Piece of the Mediterranean near Pezinok

Lavender plants are in full bloom on a slope of the Small Carpathians. 

Lavender garden in the Small Carpathians.Lavender garden in the Small Carpathians. (Source: Jana Liptáková)

ONE does not need to go as far as the Mediterranean to experience the scent and colour of lavender and other Mediterranean plants. The hills of the Small Carpathians known especially for their excellent wine terroirs also hide a real Mediterranean garden. It is a result of enthusiastic agricultural chemist and soil expert Vladimír Píš.

The Mediterranean garden is located in the Stará Hora vineyards above the historical wine producing town of Pezinok. Its location on a steep, sunny, and rocky slope inspired Píš to plant here, along with vines, also lavender and other Mediterranean plants. Now the garden contains, apart from lavender, also fig trees, albizia, pomegranate and almond trees and herbs like rosemary or thyme that winter here without any problems. Along with lavender, Píš is also known for his excellent white wine Rizling Vlašský (Welschriesling).   

Those interested can visit the garden when lavender is blooming, i.e. in early July, during the Wine and Lavender event. At that time they are also able to taste wines of local producers, who include also producers of some of the best Slovak wines like Hacaj, Dubovský & Grančič or Pavelka a Syn. The most recent such event took place on July 4. Another possibility to visit the garden is in the autumn during the event Day in the Vineyards, with this one planned for this year on September 5.

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