Wine cellars in Southern Moravia
Autumn is the best time to explore the vineyards and wine cellars of Southern Moravia, the country’s primary wine region. The vast majority of Czech wines is produced in Moravia along the Austrian border. 96 % of the Czech Republic’s registered vineyards are located in this area.
The most obvious destination for exploring Moravian vineyards is Mikulov. The town boasts its local wines and picturesque views. There are lots of wine-tasting cellars you will be offered to do a degustation and sample a range of varieties of wines. Many wine cellars require a minimum of ten people in a group to make a reservation. Volařík Winery is one place which will arrange tastings for smaller groups.
Znojmo is a pearl of Moravia region producing some outstanding wines. Neuburske medium dry white wine is the one you should definitely try with a plate of home cured ham, bread and local famous gherkins.
The heart of Moravian red
The Velké Pavlovice wine region describes itself as the beating heart of Moravian red. Follow in the footsteps of the Knights Templar and take a trip to the underground wine cellars beneath the fortress in Čejkovice, which date from the 13th century. Rather unusually, they even produce sparkling wines and also have an organic range.
The vast majority of Czech wine is white due to higher lime content in the soil and the warm climate which is better for cultivating a Pinot Gris than Beaujolais. The most popular varieties include Grüner Veltliner (Veltlínské zelené), Rhine Riesling (Ryzlink rýnský), Pinot Blanc (Rulandské bílé), and Müller Thurgau.
There are decent reds too such as Pinot Noir (Rulandské modré), Lemberger (Frankovka) with a tipple with a fruity bouquet of overripe cherries or Portugiser Blauer (Modrý Portugal). There’s also burčák, or partially fermented young wine, a slightly sweet alcoholic beverage made from must, a mush of grapes and their juices. Nicknamed mléko starců (old man’s milk), it comes in both red and white.