Regions and Appellations Slovakia

Slovakian Wine

Slovakia (officially The Slovak Republic) is a landlocked country described as being either at the eastern edge of Western Europe, or the western edge of Eastern Europe. This dichotomy reflects the state's recent history, a story of political unrest common in this region. The lands that are now Slovakia were an integral part of Hungary for almost 900 years, but became independent when the Austro-Hungarian Empire was dismantled after the First World War. Almost immediately, Slovakia aligned itself with Bohemia and Moravia (the modern-day Czech Republic), Silesia and Carpathian Ruthenia to form Czechoslovakia. This union lasted until the Velvet Revolution in 1989. Since 1993, the Slovak and Czech republics have remained cordially independent.

The flag of Slovakia

Since the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc and Slovakia's subsequent separation from its western neighbor the Czech Republic, Slovakia has embraced its European status. It joined both the European Union and Nato in 2004, the Schengen Area in 2007 and the Eurozone in 2009. It is now among the fastest-developing economies in the OECD, and its once-failing wine industry has shown signs of recovery. Although early attempts to privatize the industry were unsuccessful, new wine laws and the continued growth in wine consumption worldwide have sparked the nation's wine producers into life. The majority of Slovakian wine is still sold domestically or to neighboring Poland and Ukraine, but there are a small number of producers ready, willing and able to develop international export markets.

Slovakian wine comes mostly from the vineyards clustered around Bratislava and scattered eastwards along the border with Hungary. At present, Slovakia's greatest claim to wine fame remains its association with Tokaj, the wine region firmly associated with Hungary by most wine lovers elsewhere. At the end of World War I, the eastern fringe of the Tokaj region was annexed to Slovakia, and with it came not only a healthy vinicultural history but also a reliable consumer base. Sweet Tokaj wines from this eastern corner of Slovakia thus earned the right to be labeled as Tokajsky.

Aside from the Tokaj grape varieties, Welschriesling is probably the main variety for white wines. Key red wine grape varieties include Blaufränkisch and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Most Popular Slovakian Wine

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Wine Name
Avg Price
Tatratea Distillery 72 Outlaw Tea Liqueur, Slovakia Liqueur - Herb - Spice 10,461st $30
Egon Muller Chateau Bela Riesling, Juznoslovenska, Slovakia Riesling 13,233rd 88 $21
Nestville Blended Whisky, Slovakia Whisky - Whiskey Blended 20,911th $13
Tatratea Distillery 52 Original Tea Liqueur, Slovakia Liqueur - Herb - Spice 21,099th $28
Goral Vodka, Slovakia Vodka 24,627th $19
Double Cross Vodka, Slovakia Vodka 30,394th $34
Klasik Tuzemsky Um Rum, Slovakia Rum 39,674th $6
Zlaty Bazant - Golden Pheasant Lager Beer, Slovakia Beer 40,240th $4
Pereg Vino z Ciernych Ribezli - Black Currant Wine, Slovakia Flavored - Spiced - Fruit Wine 40,876th $6
Strekov 1075 Portugal, Slovakia Portugieser 53,369th $31
Apimed Original Slovenska Medovina - Original Slovak Mead, Slovakia Honey 53,369th $8
Tatratea Distillery 62 Forest Tea Liqueur, Slovakia Liqueur - Fruit 54,449th $26
Tatratea Distillery 67 Apple & Peach Tea Liqueur, Slovakia Liqueur - Fruit 55,552nd $21
Nestville Single Barrel Whisky, Slovakia Whisky - Whiskey Grain 57,980th $22
Vcelovina Premium Honeywine Original Liqueur, Slovakia Honey 60,672nd $10
Naboso Spolu, Slovakia Rare Red Blend 60,672nd $25
Chateau Topolcianky Cabernet Sauvignon Neskory Zber, Slovakia Cabernet Sauvignon 60,672nd $5
Strekov 1075 Fred 3, Slovakia Rare Red Blend 63,567th $18
St. Nicolaus Vodka, Slovakia Vodka 66,734th $8
Slobodne Vinarstvo Majer Zemianske Sady Curtis Deviner, Malokarpatska, Slovakia Rare White Blend 68,440th $28
Strekov 1075 Fred 5, Slovakia Rare Red Blend 70,272nd $25
Apimed Trnavska Medovina - Mead, Slovakia Honey 70,272nd $9
Bott Frigyes Furmint, Slovakia Furmint 74,294th $14
Tatratea Distillery Herbal Tea Digestif Liqueur, Slovakia Liqueur - Herb - Spice 74,294th $16
Slobodne Vinarstvo Majer Zemianske Sady Oranzista, Malokarpatska, Slovakia Pinot Gris 86,462nd $25
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