13.09.2013, Maria Jagerova
Autumn is just round the corner. This time of the year is ideal to explore the vineyards and wine cellars. Probably nobody would expect vineyards in the middle of Prague but they are here and they even have a long tradition.
The most famous Prague vineyards are Vineyard of St. Wenceslas in the Prague Castle, Grobovka Vineyard in Vinohrady district and St. Klara's Vineyard in Troja district.
Vineyard of St. Wenceslas in the Prague Castle
The first vines were planted during the reign of Czech Princ Wenceslas sometime in the 10th century. According to the legends handed down to today, he was the one who first brought the vine to Bohemia and the one that later became the saint patron of the Czech Republic. He devoted himself to the cultivation of the vineyards for the production of wines exclusively used for the Eucharistic rite.
One thing is sure, the location is fairly exclusive: Saint Wenceslas Vineyards lie on the south facing slopes of Prague Castle. A few years ago, however, these well-kept vineyards, and the gardens of Villa Richter also, resembled more of a jungle than something grand enough to belong to Prague Castle. That all changed though, as the vineyards were once again cultivated, and the villa restored to its former glory.
Varieties Pinot Noir and Riesling are planted in this area. Three restaurants offer a beautiful view of Mala Strana, Prague Castle and the Old Town to culinary lovers.
Grobovka Vineyard and the Vineyard´s Gazebo in Prague – Vinohrady
The Vinohrady district is so named because the area was once covered in vineyards dating from the 14th century. There is a vineyard with modest 1,5 hectares still in production in Grobovka Park.
Part of the park is covered by a vineyard with the Vineyard Gazebo which sits right on top of the vineyard. Vineyard Gazebo is a gorgeous, wooden building with a huge terrace carved on top of a small hill of grapevines, overlooking the park Grobovka and the southern part of the city.
Here you can try local young wine for example in September during the traditional harvesting of grapes in Vinohrady. Riesling, Muller Thurgau, Pinot Gris and from blue varieties
Blauer Portugieser, Pinot Noir, St. Laurent and Dornfelder are grown here. Regular wine tastings are held in the vineyard gazebo.
Vineyard of St. Klara in Prague – Troja
The Vineyard of St. Klara is under the protection of law as "National Heritage". This Vineyard was established during the reign of King Wenceslas II. in 13th century. The vineyard is decorated by a baroque house and chapel of St. Klara, which was built together with nearby castle Troja around 1680.
Mainly white grape varieties are grown there – Riesling, Müller Thurgau, Traminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Moravian Muscat and Pinot Gris, and from blue variety Blauer Portugieser. A part of the area includes table grapes and a vineyard with collection of must and table varieties.
Are you considering about a trip to Prague? Time your trip to coincide with the grape harvest, and you can join the locals as they taste the first bouquet.
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Where there is no wine there is no love. ~ Euripides