Autumn in Slovakia is associated with the grape harvest (vinobranie) and winemaking. The Carpathian region is famous for its wines. After November 11th, winemakers open their cellars for visitors, and it's the official start of wine sales in Slovakia. To try the best new wines check out the Little Carpathian Wine Route which leads through the towns Modra, Svätý Jur, Pezinok, and Bratislava. You will also learn about the history of Slovakia and the Carpathian region, about winemaking in general, and see and hear folk dances and songs.
In the fall, wine festivals are held all over the region—in Rača, Svätý Jur, Modra, and Pezinok. One of the best is held in a small vineyard town—Pezinok. The festival offers a chance to try delicious local wine with different traditional dishes—roasted goose, ducks, grilled chicken or pork with onions and cigánska mustard, potato pancake, and many others.
The festival is full of different live concerts, competitions, and exciting performances with traditional dances and music on the streets of Pezinok. It's also a great way to explore the medieval town of Pezinok and enjoy its architecture and famous places.
Wine season in Slovakia runs from September until December, smoothly flowing from grape harvest to new wine festivities, and then to Christmas mulled wine time.