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Tastings in the dark

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The Art ofdegustation

Experience wine tasting in the dark with us! Interesting, informative and entertaining evening, based on the influence of darkness on our senses. There is complete darkness all the time during the tasting. You will gradually strengthen your senses and will be suddenly able to feel all the beautiful juicy flavors and fragrances in an incredibly intense way.

  • You will see how little it can take for wine degustation (not only) to be much more enjoyable.
  • You will be able to appreciate the bottle of wine you have been given, or to choose the one you will give to somebody else.
  • You will understand why someone feels specific fruit in the wine, how he does it , and how easy it is to achieve this "superpower".
  • You can easily and effectively master the techniques and principles of the proper wine tasting. You will degust just like a professional.
  • Already while tasting the last samples, you will be able to just reel the merging of wine and food off, as you will understand the principles once and for all, without memorizing the specific combinations.
  • You will support the awareness of small family wineries and the quality of Slovak wine.

You will experience a unique atmosphere in complete darkness!


In the pleasant atmosphere of the vaulted cellar, still in the light, we will offer youa seat at the tables. You will have the opportunity to wash your hands with a special scentless soap and visit the toilet before we start. Then we will slowly start to turn off the lights and under gentle twilight, the sommelier will explain to you some basic information about how the tasting will continue. During the tasting, we don't turn on the lights all this time, and the only one who can see is the sommelier - your guide through the experience.

It's strange how fast the time flies , when you are in a complete dark.

In the Darkwithout Prejudice

Thus, after the opening word, the lights go out completely and we start pouring the first sample of wine. After pouring the wine, we will not reveal anything about it at all! Neither color, nor variety, nor manufacturer. We will start to focus only on what's important. On our senses, on the art of understanding the scents and aromas, to master the technique of smelling, tasting, evaluating body of the wine, the health of the wine, but also combining it with food.

Covert prejudices go aside in the dark, too. In spite of oneself, seeing the color ofthe beverage before tasting affects our brain. Some guests even said, "Another great thing was, that no one can see each other , therefore has no problem to sayanything. Nobody looks at me. That was so liberating”

Finally, after tasting each sample of wine we will start to ask you about the color (which is often not so easy to determine), variety and residual sugar classification(also very sneaky). Then , the sommelier will present the wine, add say some interesting facts and we will continue to the next sample. There will be 7 of themin total + one surprise and the tasting will take two hours.

Enhancingthe senses

When completely in the dark, with eyesight limited , especially the sense of smell and hearing will enhance , while the sense of smell is the most necessary for the perceptions that we usually call tastes. The fireworks of flavors and smellsthanks to the darkness, which suddenly begins to brightly reveal previously masked aromas of fruits and flowers, roses and mangoes, cinnamon and vanilla, black and red pepper, beautiful crunchy toasted fresh bread and grandmother's plum cake.

The tasting takes place in the form of a pleasant free and witty discussion combined with evaluating each sample together. In the dark, a story comes out ofthe wine. Who didn't drink wine in the dark, doesn't know what is hidden inside.


Wine consumption in Slovakia is supported by our wines to the extent of only about 60%. The rest of the wines we drink must be imported from abroad.

Our dream is to increase this percentage radically. To increase the demand for Slovak wines and to help wine growers and wine makers to develop, plant more vineyards and support the economy of our own country. Therefore, we mainly choose wines from smaller wine makers, which are often unknown to you. First of all, we are looking for those manufacturers who give their heart and soul into their work.

Therefore, we try to teach people to understand wine, distinguish quality and to show that also in Slovakia, we can also make quality and exceptionally delicious wines. In addition, if we succeed with this, and we will not import so much wine from all over the world (when we can drink what we already have under our noses), our planet will return thanks to us for sure.

But how to reach the great mass of people for the common good? We had to bring something different, something special and interesting. Ladies and gentlemen, we present our tastings in the dark.

"I believe that all guests at our tastings will discover that it is not a magic or ability of just a few gifted people to feel so many smells and tastes in the wine. I also believe that they will leave with a smile and enthusiasm, same as the guestson the photo on the left, I could not say no and we took a photo together 🙂"

holder of sommelier certificate from Czech Wine Institute

Tibor Kiss

Sommelier answers

Where do the tastings take place?

Our wine tastings in the dark for public take place in Bratislava, Panskaulica 7 in the cellar space under the pub Dolnozemska krcma.

This space is also used for private / corporate events, but we also have more places in the city and its surroundings, depending on your requirements (number of people, projector for conference, menu, accommodation, etc.). Feel free to ask for more details.

Will it be completely in the dark?

Yes, it will . All the time except for introduction, we will gradually get used to it, and at the end when I bring you something to eat.

Is it addressed only for wine connoisseurs?

Not at all. Wine knowledge and experience don't play a role in the sensory perception of the wine in the dark. On the contrary, those who say that they don'tunderstand the wine and that only someone long and well-trained can feel vanilla, plum and white pepper in the wine, will enjoy it . It's the same like in the cinema, when two different people come to see the same good movie - a film expert and an ordinary person who just wants to have fun and relax.

What wines will be there?

This is a surprise, so that no subconscious prejudices arise and moreover, it is extremely entertaining for guests if they don't know the color of the wine they drink. I will only reveal that all of them are Slovak wines.

Wines are from one wine maker?

No, they are not. From seven wines, some vinecultures repeat, some appear only once. The selection varies according to offer, season, and my most conscientious choice.

What if Iwill be afraid in the dark?

If you suffer from panic fear of the dark, it probably won't be the right thing for you. However, from my experience I know, that hearing my voice all the time, perceiving each other sitting and drinking wine together in a good mood, you don't need to worry about anything. Besides that, I will fully engage you during the degustation in a natural discussion and evaluation of the wine, so you won't have time to be afraid.

“I came to the Dark degustation together with my friend, and at the beginning wedidn't know what to expect. Excellent atmosphere, playlist(winelist) compiled in agreat way and what I must appreciate first of all was the overall approach. I will definitely return to Dark degustation and I will also recommend it to my friends.”

Ivetka Marušakova

“Excellent, interesting, funny, professional event, not only for connoisseurs! We've come to a pleasant company. Thanks for this idea. We are looking forward to experiencing the next dark degustation!”

Slavo Jančo

“Great event. Degustation in the dark was a great experience Tibor did a great job , we learned a lot about wines and about the degustation itself”

Patrícia Chovancová

“Great experience, I recommend it to anyone who is interested in wine. Tibor is a great guide in the dark, he can talk nice about the wine and he is very entertaining! Once again, great thanks, Tibor!”

Mirek Hlaváč

“Theoretically I knew what to expect , but in practice it was about 500% more interesting!”

Miroslav Paulík

“I've never been to such an event, so I was wondering what it would be like. I wasvery pleasantly surprised. Darkness creates a mysterious atmosphere. In additionto tasting the selected samples, one can learn a lot of interesting information. I definitely recommend it!”

Martin Stropko

“I've already attended several tea degustations, but this one impressed me the most . The teas were really top-notch and the tasting was gradually and pleasantly escalating . It was interesting to listen to other people, what all they perceive in smell and taste and what they remind them of . I definitely recommend this event to everyone who likes tea or/and would like to learn more about it. I will be happy to participate in this event again in the future.”

Ondrej Gavalčin

“I've never heard of a dark degustation before. All the more, it was a unique experience for me. In complete darkness, the other senses began to "work" more and the flavors felt more sensually expressive. I praise that the wines were Slovak and we were accompanied by a great sommelier throughout the evening.”

Zuzana Kováčová

“Great experience. Only when a person loses the prejudices about the color of wine and its "typical" attributes, can he fully feel its taste potential.”

Tomáš Kovaľ

“Before the Dark degustation, I had never recognized the differences between thewines. Today I'm taking sommelier exams.”

Ján Šalát

“Great experience ater which I changed my mind about dry wine and the opportunity to get to know better the wine itself, its taste, smell, etc. Pleasant atmosphere:)”

Kristína Palsovicsová

“Wonderful way to enjoy wine and feel like a sommelier for a moment. Great selection of wines with a pleasant accompanying word. Simply a great event.”

Dominika Šenkárová

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