Wine Culture in South Moravia

Wine Culture in South Moravia

Reward yourself with a gastronomic experience and come taste wines from South Moravia

South Moravian wines are considered a national treasure and have been recognised with silver and gold medals by wine judges from all over the world. Thanks to its unique diversity, South Moravia is divided into four wine growing regions: Znojmo, Mikulov, Velké Popovice and Slovácko.
The Znojmo region is primarily characteristic of varieties of Grüner Veltliner, Müller Thurgau, Sauvignon, Pálava and Riesling. The Velké Pavlovice subregion is a domain of Blue Portugal, but also the domestic variety of Pinot Gris and notably the aromatic varieties of Gewürztraminer, Moravský Muškát, Müller Thurgau and Pálava. In the Slovácko region, Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris prosper, and Moravský Muškát has additionally been cultivated there. Of the blue variety, the most notable are Frankovka, Zweigeltrebe and the new domestic variety of Cabernet Moravia. Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay is primarily grown in the vicinity of Pálava. Those who appreciate Pálava, Silvaner, Traminer and Neuburger wines will also get their fill.

A specialty of Moravian winemakers are sweet, extractive and relatively expensive ice and straw wines. Ice wines are made from pressed frozen grapes at a temperature of less than seven degrees Celsius, while straw wines are made by drying well-matured grapes in straw.

When visiting these wine regions you will find open cellars where you can taste some excellent wine varieties. We will introduce you to several places worth visiting:

In the Znojmo region visit Šobes vineyards, one of the oldest and best European vineyards, and the villages of Šatov, Saldorf-Sedlešovice, Hnanice, Chvalovice and Jaroslavice.

The region of Velké Pavlovice is known for the wines of Velké Pavlovice, Hustopečí, Velké Bílovice, Čejkovice and Kobylí.

If you are planning on visiting the Slovácko region, you won't regret you choice. The famous places in this region are Mutěnice, Polešovice, Šardice and Čejč. But the list doesn’t end there! The vineyard village of Blatnice pod Svatým Antonínkem, mostly thanks to the skill of local winemakers, proudly bears the title of Burgundy of Moravia. Don’t forget to visit Strážnice and the neighbouring village of Petrov, which is referred to as the most beautiful area of ​​the Moravian wine cellars.

And lastly, we must mention the much visited and immensely popular Mikulov region. What cities or villages should you visit here? Definitely head to Valtice, the local castle is the seat of a tasting exhibition of the national Wine Salon of the Czech Republic competition, which is open all year round. Pavlov, Dolní Dunajovice, Sedlec or Horní Věstonice and Dolní Věstonice are also worth a visit.

If you like cycling, head out on one of the Moravian wine trails. The atmosphere of the local vineyards and cellar streets is sure to captivate you, ensuring you return here again and again.

The opportunity to try exceptional wines doesn’t only present itself when visiting wine cellars; wine festivities, tastings, banquets, especially the annual grape harvest vintage, are all here for you to try. Then it is up to you whether you choose to go to the Znojmo Vintage or Pálava Vintage in Mikulov, or the quainter festivities in Velké Pavlovice, Strážnice, Bzenec or elsewhere. The autumn celebrations of Burčák (the traditional young Moravian wine) and the November tastings of young St. Martin wines are also not to be missed.