- "Wine Making"
Wine making is a specific part of the agrarian culture, and one that has two components: growing wine and producing wine. The varied natural conditions in Slovakia allow wine to be grown only in the south. There, wine growing was an important source of income, often the main occupation, and was culturally and socio-economically very important.
The present northern boundary of wine growing in Slovakia is a line across Skalica-Nitra-Zlate' Moravce, and after a short interruption in the Gemer region, it continues alongside Slovenske' Nove' Mesto, towards Michalovce as far as the border < http://image.absoluteastronomy.com/images/encyclopediaimages/v/vi/vinohradnicke_oblasti_slovenska.png >. However, historical sources say that in the past the boundary was significantly farther north (at Trenc~i'n in the 13th century, and at Povaz~ska' Bystrica in the 18th century). This boundary also forms the northern edge of a large region in southern and central Europe where the wine growing has existed from the distant past to the present.
For at least the past 11 centuries, Slovak territory has had a wine-growing culture, one that, in the early Middle Ages, obviously continued ancient traditions. Evidence of the expansion and high level of output at that time comes from archeological discoveries (wine-growers' knives from the 7th-8th centuries), and later from written sources (donor's letters, privileges during the 11th-13th centuries), toponyms [place names], wine-growing motifs on village seals and town coat-of-arms, and surviving terminology. The extent and importance of wine growing increased in parallel with the strengthening of the feudal system and the spread of Christianity into the region.
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