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The old church was reduced to ashes, they built a new one and surrounded it with walls. They lacked a school - well, they built one too. It may surprise you, but we are talking about Croatian colonists who found their replacement home in Šenkvicy. Under what circumstances did they enter the history of this village, what legacy did they leave here and what does the village offer today?  

Šenkvice is already mentioned in a document of the Hungarian king Bela IV. from 1256. After the Tatar invasion, German colonists found refuge here, later Croats fleeing from Kostajnica, which had been burned by the Turks. They built a village on the site of the defunct Čaník settlement. The residents built a wool spinning mill, a mill, and after the rails were completed, a brick factory, a starch factory, a distillery, a distillery, and after 1945 the mill became a soap factory. Šenkvice were extremely viable and, in addition, they were engaged in agriculture and viticulture on a large scale locally.

The opportunity to get to know the rich history of the village better is offered on the Educational trail through the natural heritage of the village of Šenkvice. An inseparable part of it is the living viticultural tradition for centuries. It is no wonder that a research viticulture and winemaking station was established here, which contributed to the spread of new Moravian and Slovak grape varieties. Currently, the most cultivated variety in Šenkvice is Green Veltliner. The local winemakers are also assisted in their work by a specialized weather station located in the vineyard behind the Municipal House. 

If you are interested in the development of viticulture, be sure to go on the Vinohradnícky naúčný trail. Planted on a slope with heavy clay soil, typical for this location, it is a true example of grape growing in Šenkvice. 

Here you will discover 30 selected varieties included in the List of Registered Varieties, Slovak Nouveau Nobles and old varieties grown in the Šenkvice farmstead in the Middle Ages. Those who want to be initiated into the work connected with the cultivation of vines will be interested in demonstrations of the basic methods of cutting and guiding vines. In total, 240 seedlings of Tramín red are planted in 15 rows, which has always achieved exceptional quality here.

Be sure to also visit the Perl Lookout with a chapel in the grounds of the Karpatská perla family winery. From a height of 21 meters, it provides a panoramic view of the Lesser Carpathians and the Trnava Hills. An invitation to the Šenkviký grove and the Martinské forest, where winter oak and cerium oak predominate, is a guarantee of pleasant walks around the area.

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