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2 Day Czech Republic Best Wine Experience in Bohemia

Bohemia, Czech Republic

Wine Tour in Czech Republic

Only an hour drive North of Prague you will visit one of the most northern wine regions in Europe. Although the smallest wine region of the Czech Republic, Bohemia boasts an interesting history. The first vines were planted during the reign of the famous Emperor Charles IV in the 14th century when Prague was the royal residence of the region. Moreover, it offers sumptuous castles with exquisitely furnished apartments. Vineyards are usually spread over protected southern slopes near main rivers – the Vltava, the Elbe, the Ohře and the Berounka. Some of the wine cellars were built by the Cistercian Order, which founded the vineyards in Žernoseky in 1251.

Highlights

  • Visit 2 historical royal cities
  • Learn about winemaking from your guide
  • Enjoy the winetasting in top wineries with its winemakers
  • Be charmed by the beauty of renaissance chateau close to Prague
  • Taste local cuisine and homemade traditional dishes
  • Exclusive and personalized tour for your group only
  • Pickup and drop-off in Prague
  • 1-night accommodation

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Accommodation

You will stay at a hotel which is a part of a winery you will visit.

Program

Day 1: Discover the best of Bohemian wines

Pick up at your hotel by an English-speaking driver and guide, very knowledgeable in the wine and heritage of the region. Your first stop on the way (45-minute drive) to the Bohemia wine region will be at the beautiful city of Mělník, located where the Vltava River reaches the Elbe and dominated by a beautiful renaissance chateau.

You will enjoy the visit of this exquisitely furnished chateau and the largest Czech collections of Flamish maps from the 17th century. You will have a short tour also at its amazing historical wine cellars located within the castle, full of history.

Next, you will move further north to a small privately-owned winery. There you will have homemade lunch, prepared by the winemaker himself (who is also a great cook).

Your traditional Czech lunch will be followed by the wine tasting, which will end up in their small cellar, where you will get to taste local rarity “portlike” wine with a unique opportunity to compare the samples of these wines from the bottle to the one which will be served to you right from the barrel.

After this experience, you will drive you to the next village where you will visit a small family, but very modern winery and you will have the wine tasting experience there together with the backstage look to the wine production.

You will get to see the most modern winemaking machines and equipment. Thus, you will have the opportunity to understand the winemaking process. If the weather is good, you will also visit its vineyards and its “lucky” chapel at the top of the vineyard.

Your final stop of that day will be back at the previous village, where you will have an exclusive entrance to a very old and traditional wine cellar, where you can enjoy a wine tasting of wines from its production presented by the winemaker himself.

Check-in at your charming and authentic hotel that is part of the winery. And finally, you will have a dinner which will be prepared by the winemaker himself.

Day 2: Enjoy wine tastings in a historical wine village

Check out from the hotel. Then, you will be transferred from Velké Žernoseky to the nearby royal city of Litoměřice.

Litoměřice is one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic. The extensive historical center of the city has dozens of streets and squares. The colorful Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance buildings right in the center of the city, bordered to a great extent by well-preserved Gothic fortifications.

After a coffee at the main courtyard of the Renaissance style city, you will start the Litoměřice tour with the visit of historical underground cellars, which holds some of the most extensive corridors in the Czech Republic.

Having your taste buds ready, you must try some of the specialties of the Town Hall Cellar restaurant where you will have lunch.

Finally, you will visit a small family-owned winery, which has got its wine cellars based in a large barn, under which large historical cellars are located. Great opportunity to understand more of how extensive Bohemia wine history is. Accompanied by a wine tasting with winemakers itself.

Time to get back home. After this stop, Wine Travel in Czech will drive you back to your hotel in Prague.

Note

Please be ready at the meeting point in Prague at 9:15 a.m. for a prompt departure at 9:30 a.m. The return time is approximately 7 p.m.

Location

This wine holiday takes place in Bohemia, Czech Republic. Bohemia (Cechy in Czech) was established long before the vinous expansion of Moravia, but despite this headstart, it now accounts for just 5% of the Czech Republic’s annual wine production.

Bohemia’s position in the Czech wine industry is now largely ceremonial: it covers the picturesque, traditional, historic end of production, leaving Moravia to churn out many millions of gallons of wine each year. Bohemia works to reinforce the romantic image of Czech winemaking and looks after the nation’s tourists; Moravia works to ensure those tourists can buy Czech wine when they return to their home countries.

Bohemia became properly established as a wine region in the late 16th century, under the rule of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II (also King of Bohemia).

The first vines may have been planted there two centuries earlier, during the reign of Charles IV, but it wasn’t until the 1580s that Bohemia saw focused vinicultural development. The vineyards were, as now, somewhat fragmented: planted not according to the rules of efficient, intensive agriculture, but to the capabilities of the individuals tending them.

This pattern of development is standard for wine regions in those times. Vinegrowing was an enterprise of individuals, and there were few (if any) large-scale wine companies like those existing today. Whether the vignerons in question made their own wine or came together in co-operatives was a question of practicality, and of local custom. Their vines were located near their homes, certainly within walking distance and typically within sight too.

During the communist era in the second half of the 20th century, almost all vineyards in Bohemia (and across what was then Czechoslovakia) came under state control. Individuals were permitted just one-tenth of a hectare for private, personal use, while the remaining land was used for intensive, collective agriculture.

During this era, industrialization arrived in the peaceful, pastoral world of Czech wine: vine rows were dramatically lengthened to increase automated efficiency, and harvested by machine. Bohemia was less affected by this than Moravia, and this is visible in the current differences between the two regions.

Bohemia’s wine country retains its original, patchy layout today. It could easily be viewed as several distinct wine regions rather than a single large one, being composed of four discrete areas to the north and north-west of Prague. These are Most (on the border with Germany’s Sachsen / Saxony), Louny, Litomerice, and Melnik. Traditional and modern grape varieties are grown here, and made into both long-established and new wine styles.

The commercial drivers behind pastoral, low-intensity wine regions such as Bohemia are heavily linked to tourist expectations rather than the demands of mass-market exporting. The quality and diversity of Bohemian wine relies on individual winemakers who, at present, exist in relative harmony with their prolific Moravian cousins in the south.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch

What's included

  • 2-course lunch with no drinks and coffee
  • Entry fees
  • Hotel pick up
  • Personal English-speaking wine and heritage expert
  • Private tour
  • Visit of a castle
  • Visit of a winery
  • Wine tastings from 4 to 6 samples depending on the wine cellars
  • 1 night accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • All extra beverages and meals
  • Tips

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at áclav Havel Airport Prague (PRG). Transfer from the airport is not included, but it can be arranged at an extra cost.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 5 days before arrival.
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