The Czech Republic is not only the land of beer. In East Moravia, there are other alcoholic beverage with a centuries-long tradition: fruit brandies, especially those made with plums. The most famous fruit distillery is that of Rudolf Jelínek in Vizovice, which has roots dating back to the 16th century, though the company was not officially founded until 1894. Today, the distillery is one of the largest producers of distilled fruit beverages in the Czech Republic, and they make such specialty products as kosher plum brandy, and raspberry, serviceberry, or red rowanberry liquor.
A Tour with the Aroma and Taste of SpiritsIn Vizovice in East Moravia, they welcome visitors with open arms. You can take a tour of Distillery Land where you will learn about the tradition of making plum brandy in Wallachia, as this region is called, as well as about the history and current state of the distillery.
During the tour, you will see the industrial distillation equipment where the world-famous fruit drinks are made, and you will learn about the principles of the distillation process. You will also see the areas where the products mature, especially barrels of Gold Cock, one of the few Czech whisky brands, and one that has been reviewed as very tasty and high-quality. Tastings are possible during the tour for visitors 18 years and older. Distillery Land also includes a shop where you can purchase the whole line of R. Jelínek products.