The Martinmas tradition goes back to the 18th century, during the reign of Emperor Joseph II, when vineyard owners would visit their winemakers on St. Martin’s Day to sample the new wine and decide whether to extend their contract with the winemaker for another year. Legend has it that St. Martin was originally a Roman soldier who later accepted the Christian faith, becoming a missionary and eventually a bishop. And why are gooses roasted on St. Martin’s Day? According to the legend, gooses interrupted St. Martin while he was preaching and they are now being punished on the roasting-pan. This traditional seasonal dish is now offered in all good restaurants, and is typically served with stewed red lettuce with autumn apples and bread dumplings or fine semolina dumplings.
Svatomartinské wine at Prague vineyards
In Prague you can sample svatomartinské wine at, for example, the wine shop in the St. Clare’s Vineyard, a traditional spot for the celebration of wine from the new vintage. Come and sample young wine and test for yourself the quality of the latest vintage this year, too. The first young wines from Moravia and Bohemia will be sampled from 11 o’clock on 11 November in the vineyard cottage at the St. Clare’s Vineyard.You can enjoy St. Martin’s wine and various culinary delights even aboard ship while sailing on the Vltava River. You can try wines from South Moravia and a special menu put together just for the occasion of the feast of St. Martin while admiring views of the famous panorama of Prague. There will also be fun on the banks of the Vltava – specifically at Náplavka. A section of Rašínova Riverbank, just above the surface of the Vltava, is a place well known to every inhabitant of Prague and to some who don’t live there.
The cycling and inline trail is where the action is today, where locals and students meet for a beer that often goes on until daybreak. The atmosphere of Náplavka attracts many foreigners as well, who come to Prague for an excursion or who live here steadily. And you will certainly meet them here on the feast of St. Martin. Naturally St. Martin’s wine and succulent goose can be enjoyed here as well.