Begin your 6-hour trip with a pickup from your central Bratislava hotel. Settle into your comfortable minivan and drive into the foothills of the Small Carpathians, a range of rugged peaks north east of the city.
On route, get an interesting introduction to this picturesque region from your guide. Hear how wine has been cultivated on the mountains’ lower slopes for around 2,000 years, and how life in the area has changed little through the ages.
Arrive at the gargantuan Red Stone Castle (Hrad Červený Kameň), situated above the town of Častá.
Explore the 13th-century fortress (own expense) that served first as a military outpost and then a residence of aristocrats during medieval times. Admire the mural-coated chambers and see the pharmacy, chapel and wine cellar — the latter the biggest of its kind in central Europe.
Continue through the winemaking town of Modra, also fêted for its exquisite blue-and-white china, and visit Pezinok, famous for its Majolica pottery. Visit a workshop to see the pottery-making process, and have a go at crafting and painting your own piece — if you’re impressed by your creation, feel free to buy it as a memento of your day.
Get free time for lunch (own expense), and continue to a traditional winery in the pretty village of Svätý Jur. Sample the delicious varietals on offer as you nibble on local cheeses and other delicacies.
After your tastings, return to Bratislava where your trip ends at your hotel.