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Czech vineyardAlthough Czech Republic travel is becoming ever more popular, the country's wines are still not well known in international wine circles. However, the wine producers of Moravia and Bohemia are working hard to change that.

High quality wines - both white and red - are beginning to win international awards as well as support from fans both within and outside the Czech borders.

By tradition, the Danube in southeast Moravia provides the warmth and moisture that add up to an excellent grape wine crop on the more than 11000 hectares currently under vine in the Czech Republic. In Bohemia, north of Prague, protected slopes along the rivers Labe, Vltava and Berounka tributaries of the Elbe river, provide a base for a smaller region comprised of only 400 hectares of vineyards.

White wines produced from Müller-Thurgau, Riesling, Wälsch, Pinot Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Grüner Veltliner and Neuburger grapes make up a little over 74 percent of the wines. Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Sylvaner or Chardonnay are also grown, but these grapes account for a very small portion of the Czech whites.

The white wines are light, aromatic and usually dry and there are some very good sparkling wines available.

Red wines are produced from grapes such as Frankovka (Blaufränkisch), Vavrinecké (Saint-Laurent), Blauer Portugieser and Pinot Noir. A later addition, Cabernet Sauvignon, meanwhile is quickly becoming more popular with wine makers and drinkers alike.

 

also see -> Croation Wines | Bulgarian Wines | Ukrainian Wines

 

More about Czech wines and wineries around the Web:


Czech wine - Wikipedia
- Check out the long, colorful history of Czech wine production, with more detail on wine growing regions, the grapes, and terroir.

Czech Republic - About Wine - This site is the home of CZeCOT, the tourist server of the Czech Republic, offering in-depth information on the wines as well as the wine regions, complete with pictures to send as postcards and other friendly offerings.

The National Wine Center - This is the official site of the Národní salon vín, the National Wine Salon, which offers cellar tours and wine tasting of all of the Czech wines. The information on wines is not overwhelming, but the resources are fantastic.

 

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