#visitczechrepublic is currently my supper favorite hashtag on Instagram.
The Czech Republic has plenty to offer and one part to visit on it's own, for at least three nights (and you find out it is still not enough) is Moravia. I can still remember, how Mathew did not want to drink the Czech wines and now he is obsessed with them.
Moravia is a region on the south of the republic and when it comes to wine and your holiday you wont regret and will want to come back or at least spread the word among your friends and family as a suggestion for their upcoming trip.
I would strongly suggest you to start in the wine capital town called Valtice. We were here three times already and we would still come back.
There are three main cellars in Valtice.
- Chateau Valtice - their wines are well known and you can purchase them in majority of czech supermarkets. Not all of them though, the rest you can taste an buy here in a barn, beautifully converted into a wine store. Degustation with guided tour through the cellars and wine production areas can also be experienced.
- Valticke podzemi - (Valtice's underground) is a complex of cellars, where you can taste several kinds of local wines, sit down with plate of cheeses or meat and listen to typical moravian music.
- wine salon is a special place to visit at the local castle. In this cellar you get to see, experience and taste only the best Czech wines with medals and other evaluations. You can be tasting on your own for a smaller fee and then put all the wines you liked into a wicker basket to purchase later or you can decide to have a guided degustation. That we prefer, as they can always answer questions you may have.
There are wine cellars on every corner though, because basically every local family have their smaller or bigger vineyard and they do their wine. So you can taste something, you might never find in a store.
Valtice has a great connection to other towns and villages. For example the town Lednice, where you can visit one of the most beautiful castle in the region, it is only 7 km away.
Once you´ve got enough of the town with all it´s actions and festivals, you may want to try some nice secluded places. Do you fancy some quiet place among vineyards with some view? There are plenty!
Obelisk Winery - just literally couple meters from Valtice. You have to call prior your arrival. Which we did not and that´s why we missed the chance of this experience.
Winery u Kaplicky - here we stopped on our way to another city, looking just for a soup and drink. After opening their menu and experiencing the smell of the food coming from their kitchen, we decided to go for a proper meal and non of us regretted. Food was absolutely amazing and delicious. You can hop into wellness here as well or accommodate yourself in a bed&breakfast with great view of the fields.
Winery Sonberk - this winery we can unfortunately suggest only according to their website and a drive-around, as when we wanted to visit, they were closed for a wedding. Huge shame, but i cannot blame, it looks like a perfect spot for a wedding.
Winery Gotberk - Another modern winery, actually very close to the previous one. Here we were able to stop and enjoy the view with a glass of rose. Wines are served at a reception, where you can choose from a list of wines, that this winery produce. Prices are ruffly around 30,- (1,16 eur) In case you are a driver or you came with kids, even they can enjoy a glass of good Merlot. No worries, it is a non-alcoholic lemonade, made out of Merlot grapes. So delicious!
We would also like to recommend you the villa Adalbert we stayed at in Valtice. It is situated in a quiet area in a short walking distance to the center, restaurant and grocery store.
Villa is for up to five people, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one is en-suit), open kitchen, own wine cellar and parking spot in the garden. Every detail here was thought through, we had everything we possibly needed and more. Kitchen was fully equipped even with some goods in the fridge as a minibar, dishwasher so you get more time to explore the cellars and town rather than washing the dishes.
Winter garden is there for you to have a breakfast or dinner with candles and fireplace.
Oh did i mentioned own cellar, equipped with the best Moravian wines? Yes, you can have your own degustation underneath the house (bottles are obviously paid during your check out).