"Slovakia is located in the Eastern part of what used to be Czechoslovaka. As of April 1st, 2005, Slovakia has governing wine laws relevant to those of the EU, with the same specifications as Austrian, German and Czech wine laws. The wines from Chateau Bela can be compared to the great Auslese wines of Germany. Chateau Bela is an ancient property of the Baron Ullmann situated in Slovakia on the banks of the Danube River. The first vines were planted by the Romans and today Riesling grapes are grown on the hills below the castle and vinified by Miroslav Petrech and Egon Muller. Egon Müller has discovered the potential of wines in the Château Béla area in Slovakia and makes a dry Riesling which objective is to challenge the best Rieslings from Austria and the Alsace region. The first vintage was 2001."