Slobodné is part of the new wave of wine producers from eastern Europe that have been working hard on the wine road since the fall of the Soviet Union. The family estate, Majer Zemianske Sady, located near Hlohovec, lost its yards in the communist era, but through the efforts of the fourth and fifth generations, they managed to regain their yards in the 1990s. In addition, the wine cellar also had to be rebuilt, and a number of orchards had to be replanted. Wine has only been produced since 2010, and now under the name Slobodné Vinárstvo, Slobodné for intimates. Freely translated it means 'free winemaking', very fitting for the life course of the domain. In 2010, Slobodné produced its first vintage, and from 2016 the domain has been fully converted to biodynamics.
At Slobodné, they see wine as a living organism that can only come about by keeping the entire wine-making process natural. For this reason, there is no manipulation or intervention anywhere in the process, and therefore no modern additives are used. From the beginning, Slobodné's focus has been on making orange wines, using knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation. We also look at wine traditions from other countries; Since 2014, Slobodné has been experimenting with winemaking in qvevris, the traditional buried clay amphorae that the Georgen have used for 8,000 years.
Slobodné mainly uses varieties that are also found in Slovakia, such as Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Blaufränkisch, but also less well-known native varieties such as Alibernet and Devin. All combinations and permutations are very much worth trying.