The Czech Republic is no giant as regards the production of wines. But in
spite of this it is possible to buy Czech wine in local vintners´ shops
whose quality can be compared to wines from renowned wine growing areas.
The Czech Republic can be divided into two wine growing areas: the smaller
one, both from the point of view of its extent and importance, is in
Bohemia around the towns of Mělník and Litoměřice.
Viniculture in this area has its roots in the 9th century. In the Middle Ages exports of wines were
more extensive than imports. This area takes advantage of warm autumn
vapours from the Labe River, which add a specific flavour to the wines. The
most significant producers are the „Lobkowicz Castle Viniculture“ in the
town of Roudnice nad Labem, and the „Žernoseky Viniculture“. These firms
produce dry wines, mostly white. The typical varieties used are
„Mueller-Thurgau“ and „Veltlínské zelené“. The red wines include e.g.
„Svatovařinecké“, „Modrý Portugal“ and „Zweigeltrebe“.
In Moravia there are also viniculture areas.
They have better conditions for wine growing than
Bohemia. The best known are Mikulovská, Slovácká, Velkopavlovická and
Znojemská areas. The beginning of wine cultivation dates back to the 3rd
century when Roman Legions were based there. Vineyards are located both in
the hills and on flat lands, avoiding the cold basins. Large enterprises
supply the markets with good quality table wines. Predicate wines are
produced by small and medium-sized wine merchants. Our wine shop can offer
you the best known of them: e.g. „Dobrá Vinice,“ „Vinařství Hort,“
„Reisten“ and „Víno Marcinčák“. Moravia is well known for its dry white
wines, which are popular for their spicy flavour and intensive aroma. A
typical variety is „Ryzlink rýnský“ which is sometimes called „the King of
wines and the wine of Kings“. Other very famous varieties are „Ryzlink
vlašský,“ „Rulandské bílé“ and the aromatic „Muškát moravský“. Red wines
include the dark ruby „Frankovka“ and „Svatovařinecké“ which has the colour
of a garnet. The „Dvorní vinotéka“ wine shop, which is located in a 15th
century building, can offer you the best selection of quality wines
produced by experienced wine-growers from all over the Czech Republic.