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Prague is a beer, of course. But ... the Czech Republic produces very good and interesting wines. If you didn’t know, there are Moravian wine tours to promote wines made in the Czech Republic! So, if you are no longer interested in beer, but you want to try something tasty, you can appeal to Morava.  Rent a car and go for 2-3 days to Mikulov or Pavlov, it's a couple of hours drive from Prague.

South Moravia is the most important wine region in Czeh Republic. Wine growing in this region has been reliably traced back to the Roman Empire period – the 2nd century AD.

Spreading over more than 16.5 thousand hectares, the region includes 96% of the country’s vineyards. Quality can be outstanding, especially the Moravian whites. Mikulov has certainly the highest concentration of wine cellars for tastings, as well as a fairytale chateau on a hill overlooking the town. Like a guardian, the Pálava Hills, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, seem to be carefully watching the vines.

The different climate compared to the south of Europe and variability of individual years offer an incredible array, the originality and uniqueness of local wines. A big investment into modernization of cellar technologies during the last few years together with traditional procedures put the Moravian and Czech wines among the interesting European wines.The attractive fruitiness, primal aromatic agents, flowery tones in aroma, pleasantly unobtrusive acid and an “easy-to-drink” feature encouraging one to take another sip guarantee easy identification and popularity among a wide spectrum of wine lovers.

The Velké Pavlovice Sub-region The rough relief of the countryside peaking to the north behind the largest wine-growing village of Velké Bílovice towards the hills of the Hustopeče Highlands and slowly declining as far as Brno, hides the southern slopes of loess-clay soil with a sufficient magnesium content. Extraordinary red wines are born here, especially Portugieser Blauer and Limberger. Typical representatives of excellent white wines are Valtelina Green, Traminer or Neuburg. The sandy soil near Žabčice gives an interesting aroma to the Muscat variety.

The Mikulov Sub-region The southern slopes of the Pálava Hills are the first ones in the entire Moravia where snow disappears after winter; they have one of the warmest climates. This was known already at the time of Roman soldiers, who once established vineyards there. Varieties as Italian Riesling, Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc do extremely well here. Also varieties of Sauvignon, Müller Thurgau, Rhine Riesling or Pinot Gris have good results in this area. Pálava gave its name to the newly bred variety, which excels in aroma. Limy soil – clay, claystone and loess – created on the slate sediments give the prerequisites for sparkling wines. The local conditions are suitable for blue varieties. The chateau in Valtice houses the National Wine-growing Centre. Pálava gave its name to the newly bred variety, which excels in aroma.

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The most popular white varieties of Czech wines (wineofczechrepublic.cz)

  • Müller Thurgau – decent wine with a delicate aroma resembling vanilla and elderberry bloom with light muscat tones in taste, with delicate acids.
  • Grüner Veltliner (Veltlínské zelené) – traditional wine of a straw yellow shade with a delicate honey linden aroma and fresh spicy taste resembling almonds and pepper.
  • Italian Riesling (Ryzlink vlašský) – pleasant neutral wine with a delicate, unobtrusive fruity taste and flowery aroma.
  • Rhine Riesling (Ryzlink rýnský) – elegant wine of a golden colour with delicate spicy aromatic tones resembling linden bloom, honey and peaches.
  • Pinot Blanc (Rulandské bílé) – full-bodied extractive wine of a harmonious composition with a flowery aroma, complemented by bouquet of tropical fruit and hazel-nut.
  • Sauvignon – aromatic fresh wine of a light green-yellow colour with a distinct peach or even nettle aroma and a full spicy taste.
  • Chardonnay – full-bodied harmonious wine with an aroma resembling tropical fruit, attractive taste with creamy honey spice and a higher acid content.
  • Pálava – full-bodied wine with a lower content of acids, smooth and with a long lasting aftertaste, with aroma resembling roses and vanilla.
  • Moravian Muscat (Muškát moravský) – lighter wine with a flowery Muscat aroma and pleasant harmony when the wine has enough acids.
  • Aurelius – quite a robust wine, harmonious, slightly spicy, aroma similar to Rhine Riesling, but more intense, resembling quince-linden trees.

The most popular blue varieties

  • St. Laurent (Svatovavřinecké) – velvety smooth dark wine with a harmonious taste, aroma resembling dried plums or plum jam with a distinct and full taste.
  • Lemberger (Frankovka) – wine of a fervent color with a harmonious spicy taste, fruity bouquet of overripe cherries with delicate piquant tones.
  • Zweigeltrebe – full-bodied wine with a pleasant aroma of cherries and berries delicate spicy taste with pleasant tannin acid.
  • Pinot Noir (Rulandské modré) – harmonious full-bodied wine with a typical taste and aroma resembling small red fruit, velvety, pleasant tannin acid.
  • Portugiser Blauer (Modrý Portugal) – lighter wine of a mellow taste with a delicate aroma resembling forest fruit, less distinct acid and lower alcohol content.
  • André – wine with a dark garnet color and aroma of mellow blackberries, tannins and acids in young wine, a full-body together with substantial fruitiness in wines matured in bottles.
  • Cabernet Moravia – wine with black current aroma, fruity in taste with well structured tannins, suitable for maturing in bottles.

A small remark - in the Czech Republic you can not drink while driving. Here are traffic rules. Be careful! 

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