Country: Czech Republic
Farming: Varies, Mostly Sustainable
Vino z Czech is an umbrella label encompassing several producers from the Moravia region in the Czech republic. With a winemaking history dating back to Roman times, this area is the focus of a recent resurgence in quality. Sharing a border with northern Austria, this cool climate lends itself to high quality wines, and the winemakers involved in Vino z Czech are proud to present small-production offerings from this up-and-coming area.
Though made by different winemakers, the wines share much in common. Producers in this area use traditional methods, using no additives and only minimal fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides. Since the area allotted for vineyard land is limited and further expansion isn’t possible, vineyards in the area are by definition sustainable, since they need to be able to produce for further generations.
Michlovský (Riesling and Gruner Veltliner) winery was established in 1993 by Dr. Michlovský. Though it originally produced wine designated for the production of sparkling wines, by 1995 the company started to bottle its own selection of still wines. One of the first winemakers in the region to focus on creating quality wine, Dr. Michlovský is an innovator and vine expert and now also teaches Moldavian and Eastern European winemakers in the art of producing high-quality, natural wines.
Chateau Valtice (Rivaner) is one of Moravia’s oldest wineries, with historic cellars dating back to 1430. The chateau today combines its history with modern innovations, using both stainless steel tanks and temperature controlled fermentation alongside traditional oak ageing.
The Spielberg winery (Blauer Portugieser) is located near Austerlitz. This site is near the historic site of the Battle of the Three Emperors battleground (Slavkov u Brna), where Napoleon fought against the Holy Roman Empire in 1805. Historical records show that Napoleon sent Moravian wine home to France after this battle.
Znovín Znojmo Winery (Saint Laurent) grows wine in its estate vineyards located in and around the historic village of Znojmo. The area of Znojmo was recognized with a VOC designation (like AOC in France, DOC in Italy, DAC in Austria or DO in Spain) when this system was introduced in the Czech Republic in 2009.