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The dominant feature of many cities has been a castle or chateau for centuries. This also applies to wine-growing towns and villages, so you will find several castles and chateaux in every wine-growing sub-region in southern Moravia and Bohemia. Some are right in the center and form a dominant feature, others are a short distance away, for example, in solitude and you have to reach them. But wherever you are for wine, you will definitely find a castle or chateau nearby. We will introduce you to the most famous ones now.
Znojmo wine region
We don’t have to look for a long time in the Znojmo region. Right in the capital of this area of Znojmo stands a castle rebuilt into a chateau. Znojmo is a historical and wine-growing city, so such a building is no big surprise and the possibility to have good wine nearby is a matter of course. Just a few tens of meters, still in the castle complex, there is the Enoteka of Znojmo wines. In the entrance area there is a design café and a wine bar, behind them there are rooms where it is possible to taste wines from the Znojmo wine region, completely independently. All you have to do is top up your tasting card and then choose a specific wine to taste at the vending machine. This is the largest tasting room with the “by the glass” system in the Czech Republic. You can also go out of the tasting hall with a glass and sit on the terrace and enjoy the beauties of the historic city.
Author: Wine Fund
Mikulov wine subregion
Mikulov region offers several places to focus on wine and in the impressive backdrop of historic castles or chateaux. Of course, the Mikulov castle, which rises on a hill above the town of Mikulov. Another is a unique complex of the famous and unique Lednice-Valtice area. Perhaps the most interesting option is the Valtice chateau and the Wine Salon. In the reconstructed cellars of the state chateau there is a tasting exposition of the Salon of Wines of the Czech Republic, ie the 100 best Moravian and Czech wines for the given year, originating from the National Wine Competition. It serves not only for viewing and instruction, but above all for year-round tasting. You can manage the wine tasting yourself, or according to your choice and with the interpretation of a professional sommelier. So right after a tour of the picturesque castle, all you have to do is go to the cellar and just think which wine you will taste first.
Author: Wine Fund
Slovácko wine region
Slovácko also has its own castle set in the wine region. In the center of the town of Bzenec in the Hodonín region there is an extensive pseudo-Gothic chateau, which has a rich history. Unfortunately, it is currently not open to the public, but visitors can see the adjacent park. The historic chateau cellars then underwent a complete reconstruction and the well-known winery Zámecké vinařství Bzenec, which is one of the most successful in our country, has its seat here and produces wine. It has already won the title of absolute champion of the Czech Wine Salon seven times. By prior arrangement, however, it is possible to tour the cellars with a tasting.
Author: Wine Fund
Mělník wine subregion
The last tip on the chateau in connection with wine is located for a change in Bohemia, in the town of Mělník, after which the whole wine-growing subregion got its name. The royal dowry town of Mělník is famous mainly as a Czech wine center. It lies at the famous confluence of the Elbe and Vltava rivers, which for millennia have built the character of a landscape with slopes as if created for growing vines. At the castle you can see the huge wine cellars, walk through a small wine exhibition and of course taste local wines. In September, the well-known vintage wine festival is also held here, which is one of the largest in the Czech Republic and can boldly compete with the Moravian ones as well.
Author: Wine Fund
Maintenance and operation of castles and chateaux is a relatively expensive thing, and with a larger number, it is difficult to keep them all in good condition. And that is why it is often a rescue for them when they pass into private hands and entrepreneurs contribute to their renewal with their activities in the form of operating a restaurant, hotel, etc. The winemakers and wineries are not far behind. In the Czech Republic today, you will find a number of wineries that have their headquarters or otherwise use the premises and buildings of the former castle. For example, the Lobkowicz Castle Winery has its premises in the castle in Roudnice nad Labem, the Munzar Castle Winery is located in the castle in Domousnice or the VINO CIBULKA Winery is located in the former summer house Portz Insel on the so-called Quiet Island, surrounded by Nový rybník, near Mikulov.
You can find more about Moravian and Czech wines, including tips for trips and wine events at www.vinazmoravyvinazcech.cz.
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