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If you are invited by the local people in Blatnice to a hut (= ”buda”), you need not worry that you would end up in some dodgy, improvised shelter. On the contrary, you have just been granted an opportunity to visit a local wine-cellar.

Small wine cellars have been used by the local farmers in the rural region of Moravian Slovakia since the 16th century. In the past they had been often referred to as “plze” (like the popular complex of wine cellars you can see in the village of Petrov near Straznice a little more to the south). They are usually submerged in the surrounding terrain and can be accessed by a descending corridor called “the spine”. Ventilation is provided by ventilation shafts and chimneys with little caps. One can often notice these sticking out of the ground on the small grass covered hills which form the roofs of the cellars.

Originally, the entrance to a wine cellar was protected by a simple shelter. Many of the shelters were later transformed into wine-pressing rooms, which often serve as storage spaces for tools used for work in the vineyards. The wine-pressing rooms can be separate from the cellars and sometimes they are 2 floors tall. In Blatnice the wine-cellars and pressing rooms are generally called wine “huts”. Some of them are several hundred years old and have become important community social meeting places. In May, the wine-makers here organize an event called From Hut to Hut (“Z budy do budy”) when you can taste the wine and join in the singing and dancing with a traditional dulcimer band.

GPS position

N 48° 57.188', E 17° 27.780'



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