A few days of wine tasting in Velké Bílovice

Imagine a small town with more then a thousand winemakers, all surrounded by vineyards and orchards. On the edge of the town, there is a hotel with rooms that overlook winemakers attending their vineyards. Imagine that, in the evening, you can sit on the balcony, looking at the sunset over the gentle hills, whilst drinking…

Wine paring for a traditional Czech Christmas Eve

In the days before Christmas, street corners in the Czech Republic are suddenly occupied by temporary Fish shops. They only sell one type of fish – carp. At these shops, that usually consist of a simple preparation table and a few big tubs full of live carps, you can buy your carp “prepared”, or you…

Entrée: Enter the garden of culinary joy

If you are at all interested in the Czech food scene, you have most likely already heard of Entrée. Although it is still very new, this restaurant has already become the “it” place for national and international food lovers, who don’t hesitate to endure the 2 hours long train ride from Prague (or even 12…

A tour through the unique cellars of Chateau Valtice

Decades ago, a famous movie director threw a party in the wine cellars of CHÂTEAU VALTICE. Perhaps the party guests thought that the already impressive cellars weren’t special enough yet, so they decorated the wine barrels with nice drawing, wine-related proverbs and women unfriendly jokes. You can still see these drawings from 1971, and a lot…

Painted Cellar in Šatov

We’ve read that the Painted Cellar in Šatov is a must-see, so naturally we had to see it. The wine cellar with unique wall painting is definitely one of a kind and I dare to say that you will not find another cellar like this anywhere else in the world. The question remains, though: where…

Our visit to the 2016 Wine Salon

As the new top 100 for 2017 is being picked these days, we are thinking about our latest visit to the Wine Salon, a great place to get acquainted with the Moravian and Czech wine scene. The Wine Salon of the Czech Republic is a collection of the 100 best Moravian and Czech wines for…

Labyrinths beneath the City of Ghosts

There is an extensive labyrinth of passageways and cellars underneath the city of Znojmo. It is nearly 30 kilometers long and has 4 storeys. That is surely interesting, but why are we mentioning this on a wine blog? Not only that these catacombs were used for storing wine in the past, a few bottles still…

Znojmo: drink while sightseeing

Wine is ever present in Znojmo. It´s grown there, it´s made there, it´s sold there and, most importantly, it´s drunk there! You can taste local wines almost anytime and anywhere. You can enjoy a glass in the labyrinths of Znojmo Underground 18 meters below surface, or you can drink in an observation tower 32 meters…

The independent wine republic of Kraví Hora

If you cross the river on the northern edge of village Bořetice, you will also be crossing a state border. You won´t end up in Austria or Slovakia, though. You will enter the Independent Federal Republic of Kraví Hora, a tiny wine-making republic. This miniature country has its own flag, national anthem, currency, government and…