Tuesday Afternoon at the Magula Winery
We drive up the dirt road to the Magula winery and Speedy, the local resident winemaking puppy greets us in the driveway. It's a glorious sunny evening and when Miska, Robco and I open the gates, Raimon comes out of the house to greet us. Not the most usual occurrence. Raimon and I met just a week prior to that in Barcelona where he was working his last shifts at Bar Brutal, the Barcelona natural wine legend. Currently en route to London to explore more of the world and work at The Brawn, another natural wine scene staple, he made an unusual stopover in Bratislava to explore the local wine scene and share some beautiful bottles with us. And explore we did! It was an honor to host him and his wickedly precise palate and to show him a small sliver of what is happening in Slovakia in terms of wine. That sliver? The family winery Magula.
For some, Vlado Magula and his family need no introduction. But I will give a quick one anyways - one of the most honest winemakers I have met, his family has a long history with winemaking that he has resurrected with his parents and his wife Lucia more than 10 years ago. Since then, they have come a long way and continue to strive to make the most honest, terroir driven and environmentally respectful wines they can. Located a 40 minute drive from Bratislava in village Sucha nad Parnou, the winery produces both reds and whites, notably Blaufrankisch and Blauer Portugieser from the reds and from the whites a special skin contact cuvee under the title "Orange Wolf" - a blend of Welschriesling, Gruner Veltliner and Slovak hybrid variety Devin.
We were very lucky to taste the entire portfolio that was showing just marvelously, witness the building of the new, extended winery and enjoy some delicious snacks and wine outside in the sunset. Thank you so much to Vladko and the whole family - it was a much needed mental refuge. And to Raimon for making such a huge effort and dedicating his time to us and our beautiful region. Voste es marvellos.
Tuesday afternoons do not get much better than this.