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Welcome to the website of Via Harmonia, the experience agency.
We are a company with a single mission: “Give our guests unforgettable experiences”. We greatly prefer using the word “guest” over “client” or “customer”. As a client you get perfect service and a "five-star" all-inclusive programme everywhere. We, however, honour you as our own guests. We will show you Bratislava and Slovakia, our country with all of its charm, all of its secrets and all of its faults as well. The same way we see it, and the same way we love it. We will lead you to places full of history, tradition and craftsmanship. We will offer you wines to drink which carry within themselves the scent of our land and the tastes of the people who created them. Modest yet rich, friendly and with unforgettable sparkle at their core.
We are a company that will offer you not services but the experiences of Bratislava and the Small Carpathians wine region.
We are Via Harmonia. Quality and Experience Tours.
Visit Bratislava and the nearby wine region
The picturesque capitol of Slovakia on the foothills of the Small Carpathians, after all of its dramatic transformations, is becoming one of the most remarkable places in Europe. This originally sedate, romantic, cosmopolitan township with many cultural landmarks has become a veritable multi-styled city by way of megalomaniacal communist construction and the dramatic building boom of recent years. Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicist and Secession architecture exist here side by side in the scenic centre close by monumental buildings from the communist era and the quality modern architecture of today. The collection of not always well-considered solutions thus creates the conspicuous chaos of styles and forms which gives Bratislava a truly distinct atmosphere unique in Europe.
One of our treasured guests termed Bratislava’s centre as a great “cultural restaurant”, and he was right. Coming to Bratislava’s cosy centre in summertime means weaving through the outdoor seating of dozens of restaurants, wine bars and pubs and crossing paths with the hundreds of waiters and waitresses, all of which gives the city the atmosphere of port towns on the Mediterranean. Amidst all this, however, you will discover dozens of beautiful palaces, churches and burgher houses with a wealth of galleries and museums within, plus stands selling traditional handicraft products. Though tourism is up in recent years, Bratislava still does not suffer the tourist glut of the great metropolises. Here you will find many locals who love sitting around the centre and enjoying themselves long into the night. This is Bratislava: living, pulsing yet comfortable and individually distinctive.
Visit the Small Carpathians region
A country that breathes with history and wine. It sprawls from Bratislava along the southern slopes of the Small Carpathians, dotted with vineyards and wine-growing towns, villages and farmsteads. The wine route through the Small Carpathians region leads you through the three charming wine-growing towns of Svätý Jur, Pezinok and Modra, the histories of which reach back as far as the 12th century. All three cities are seated at the foot of the Carpathians with ideal conditions for growing grapes and, like the Garden of Eden, are surrounded by vineyards where the most diverse varieties are cultivated.
The most typical here, though, are Rizling (Riesling) vlašský, Rhine Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Green Veltliner, Green Silvaner, from red Frankovka modrá (Blaufrankish) and Svätovavrinecké (St. Laurent). The best-known solely Slovak variety grown here is Devín, which is a hybrid of Traminer and Green Veltliner. Apart from the three royal viticultural cities – in which, besides numerous wine cellars, you will find a great number of cultural landmarks – the Červený Kameň castle is without doubt among the most beautiful locations in the area, and one of the largest and best-preserved castles in central Europe. You might certainly want to stop also at the castle in Smolenice, at the Fugger house in Častá, at the castle wine cellars in Pezinok – where the National Wine Salon is located – and at many more of the beautiful spots our beloved region offers.
The wine’ s tale
Life in Slovak capitol Bratislava and the Small Carpathians region since time immemorial has been touched by wine, and its history in the area is documented as far back as the 7th century BC. Over the centuries here the conditions for grape growing have changed, but wine has always been here and winemaking has breathed its spirit into every corner of this colourful land. After the ruinous fall of the Tatars, winemaking here began flourishing once again with the arrival of German and Italian colonists, culminating in the 18th century when the legendary Frankovka from Rača was always required to be on the table of Austro-Hungarian Empress Maria Theresa. Slovakia’s last brutal intervention into this magnificent art came with the agricultural planning of the communist regime. That regime is past, however, and the local people’s deeply-rooted love for the beverage has brought about a literal wine renaissance here. After long years of hard work the wines of the Small Carpathians region are beginning to assert themselves at prestigious international competitions.
But perhaps it would be best to speak of those personally, over a glass of delicious wine.
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Our company is a member of MVC - Malokarpatská vínna cesta (The Small Carpathians wine route)