Delicious Czech wine
In addition to world-famous beer, Czech Republic also houses another treasure which is a delicious wine. You will have a chance to enjoy its flavor at the traditional autumn wine festivals where the winemakers initiate the annual harvest. There are lots of grape harvest festivals held in Czech Republic where you can taste young wine and other local specialties.
Wine-growing has a long tradition in the country, and reached its greatest expansion in the 17th century, when about 35,000 hectares of vineyards were planted. Today, you can taste wines mainly from Southern Moravia (the region of Znojmo, Velké Pavlovice, Mikulov or Slovácko), although the capital city of Prague, Litoměřice and Mělník also have their own production.
Grape harvest festivals
Autumn in the Czech Republic is traditionally combined with the launch and celebration of the grape harvest, when the first grapes of the new harvest are pressed. Besides the tasting, the grape harvest festivals also include grand, historical parades, folk dances and craft workshops. The drink that must be present at any grape harvest festival is young wine. The fermenting grape must is produced as an intermediate in the production of wine, where the sugar and alcohol are roughly in balance. However, you can only drink it for a few days after the start of fermentation, and it is necessary to let air out of the bottle into which the young wine is poured throughout the day.
In the Czech capital, you will be able to enjoy the grape harvest festivals directly in the interiors and gardens of Prague Castle. The tasting of Czech and Moravian wines will be pleasantly accompanied by dulcimer music and demonstrations of traditional crafts.