Bratislava has been a wine-making town for centuries - part of the Rust - Sopron - Pressburg wine region. Earliest evidence of wine growing dates back to the 3rd century. King Andrew III. granted the city privileges in 1281 including a relief from royal taxes on vineyards.
Bratislava's present day centre used to be covered with vineyards, leading to the current city part of Rača, where a lot of wine is still made today.
Sparkling wine used to be produced in Bratislava based on a French recipe (later renamed to Hubert, currently the best known Slovak sparkling wine producer) and Palugyay used to be one of Hungary's most renowned wine producers in the Austro-Hungarian times.
Bratislava is part of the Small Carpathian Winemaking Region. In addition to Rača, there are vineyards and wineries in Vajnory (with the name pronounced Vine-ory, derived from German word for Wein) and Devín.