The Czechia is considered as the country of beer, but wine production is also excellent. Tours to the Czech vineyards will lead you to the sunny hillsides in South Moravia where high quality Czech wines come from. Visit unique wine cellars and picturesque wine cellar streets and taste some of the local wine production. The atmosphere of South Moravia is notably more relaxed and warmer, and life seems to move at a slower pace. For that reason, not to mention the beautiful countryside, South Moravia is the perfect escape for wine lovers, or anyone looking to take a break from the busy streets of Prague. One visit to South Moravia will leave you hooked!
The region of Znojmo is known for aromatic white wines, including the varieties Grüner Veltliner, Müller Thurgau, Sauvignon, as well as Riesling. Located next to the Austrian border, the town of Znojmo is the center of the sub-region and it is known for its extensive labyrinth of wine cellars and medieval corridors.
As a first thing there, visit Enotéka of Znojmo wines - Wine Gallery. Visitors are offered 120 samples of wines from the Znojmo wine region there, which can be tasted using self-service wine machines. Bottled wines can also be purchased at the same price as from the winemakers. A total of 29 wineries from Znojmo are represented here. Besides the hight quality of wine you can also appreciate amazing architectural renovation of historical building from 19th century.
Countless wine themed trips can be also taken around Znojmo. The most popular destinations include Blue Cellars in Nový Šaldorf, Painted cellar in Šatov, decorated with folk paintings or the famous Šobes vineyards in Podyjí National Park. In early autumn, you can also experience a traditional historical gathering of grapes which take place in city of Znojmo. You can either taste a wine or burčák, the partially fermented young Moravian wine which is very popular in Souh Moravia at this time of the year.
The Mikulov wine region is centred around the Pálava hills. It’s the oldest and most famous wine-growing region of the Czech Republic. Typical varieties include Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Pálava, and the regions number one variety, Ryzlink Vlašský (Welschriesling). The historical town of Mikulov, offers many amazing places to visit. Its most notable landmarks include Mikulov Castle, which towers of the town square, and St. Sebastian Chapel, located on top of the town’s Holy Hill. The Mikulov Castle also features the largest domestic exhibition of wine making and viticulture with a unique giant wine barrel. Visit the historic centre of the city and sample some of local white wine in cafés or small cellars. Mikulov is also at its most vibrant during the early autumn, when the popular Pálava grape harvest takes place.
There are not many places in the world which are so impressive as the elegant Lednice and Valtice chateaux. A beautiful park has been created here over the centuries, full of rare tree species, romantic little buildings, fishponds, and beautiful little corners. The Lednice-Valtice Complex, which has been included in the UNESCO list, is known as the Garden of Europe to this very day. Visitors can tour the remarkable residences, walk the palace grounds, and enjoy their fill of local wine. Another recommendation is a visit of the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic in Valtice. The Salon is a permanent tasting exhibition of 100 of the best Moravian and Bohemian wines. The wines are selected annually in the country’s most renowned and all-encompassing national wine competition. In this enormous cellar you can taste any of the 100 wines on display. An open bottle of each wine is available for tastings on a self-service basis. Additionally, you can take a tour with an on-staff sommelier.