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WINES FROM THE CZECH REPUBLIC

The main producing Czech wines regions are mostly Moravia and Bohemia.

The production of wine and the culture of the vine in the Czech Republic would go back to 3rd century following the discovery of vestiges. The first written records dating back to the 9th century. With also the right of Falkenstein of 1309 in Moravia, a code governing the viticulture. A short time later appeared the land books of the vineyards, to better administrate the wineries and establish a system of franchise tax. Still today students can be form in the various jobs related to the vineyards at an university level and the Union of the Wine growers of the Czech Republic exists. The vineyards in Czechia extend themselves over approximately 18500 hectares, and occupy a little more than 20000 farmers. Fine wines to savour at home with friends, or to discover along the wine route in the Czech Republic.
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The main wine producing regions of the country are Bohemia with 66 municipalities for 174 farmers and about 713 hectares mainly in the north of Prague. In  warmer microclimates of the region such as the basins of Central Bohemia and the Czech Massif Central and near as the river Elbe. The culture of the vine is located on steep terraces on the banks or on natural hillsides. The soils are mostly gravel and basalt to produce original wines with a background of minerality. The main winegrowing region of production is Moravia, which occupies about 20000 farmers over 310 villages in the south of Brno. Most limestone soils are located on hills of the Tcheco-Moravian highlands with wet climates, windy and cool. To produce more aromatic, varietal and distinguished wines. Viticulture in Moravia is a tradition since the Roman legionaries and from the 14th century it surrounded villages and monasteries.

Grapes, vines and vineyards are really doing part of the traditions in South Moravia, an hospitable land with beautiful landscapes, a fantastic countryside and also full of culture throughout history. Almost the entire production of Czech wines is produced in South Moravia, the classification of grape varieties and the winemaking in this region of Central Europe is following the German model of vinification. The main grapes for white wines are Müller-Thurgau, Gruner Veltiner, Riesling, Traminer or Sauvignon Blanc. As for red wine, it is Saint-Laurent, Limberger, Zweigelt and Pinot Noir among others. A region for excellence in the world of wines (cellars, winemakers, vineyards…) from the Czech Republic. The wines of South Moravia offers a wider variety of tastes and a huge diversity with a wide spectrum of aroma, an experience to discover.

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Chateau Valtice considered as the capital city of wine: National wine centre and permanent wine-tastings.

 

The various wines still find their ways to the world market, and can also be discovered at one of the numerous wine salons or tastings trough the wine route, mainly around harvest time. Oenotourisme can also be a growth driver for the wine growers. The villages grower are also producing rose wines, sparkling wines or liqueurs and the wine of the Saint-Martin. A tradition celebrated around November 11. Do surely not hesitate to visit and be welcome in Czechia, there are plenty of occasion to discover a new culture, other traditions and lifestyles. For example trough a summer festival of music or wine. There are so many ways to travel in the country: by discovering the famous personalities of the Czech history like Janacek, Mendel, Bata, Havel and many others. By exploring  the diversity of the regions, or by visiting architectural wonders which some are classified on the Unesco list, or Napoleonian battlefields. To follow the historical footprints of the “elders”, or simply to rest, to do shopping or to practise sports activities…a lot of pleasant moments to experience.

Olivier Bulto

http://www.wineofczechrepublic.cz/en
https://www.czechtourism.com 

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