Czech Wine in Prague
So let’s face the truth, not everyone is a beer drinker. So what is there for those of us who prefer wine to beer? Are there any good places where to try Czech wine? Is Czech wine any good? Let’s take a look…..
Quick summary of Czech wine history
Believe it or not, there have been times when Czech wine was as famous as Italian or French. As far as we know, the first vineyards were planted in 10th century. The Patron Saint of our country, Saint Wenceslas, was, according to legends a big lover of wine and founded couple of vineyards in Prague. The popularity of Czech and Moravian wines (Moravia is an eastern region of the Czech Republic famous for wine making) reached its peak around the second half of the 14th century during the reign of Charles IV (who in fact established the first “modernized” laws of wine making).
The next centuries saw a lot of wars in the Czech kingdom, such as the Hussite wars (1419-1434) and the 30-year war (1618-1648). Unfortunately, these vineyards always took the biggest damage.
The 19th and 20th century became centuries of beer, because in comparison to wine, the industrial revolution made it easy to brew sustainable quality beers pretty much every year. You definitely couldn’t say that about wine.
Czech wine production and reputation is nowadays slightly growing every year. So if you know a place where to go, you get some really delicious wines.
So here are few of our suggestions:
Vinograf is a wine bar with one of the broadest selections of wines from across the world. Their wine bar on Senovážné náměstí was awarded the best wine bar in 2014 for the whole Czech Republic. However, they have three branches across the city center. So you should find the nearest one and sample their fragrant wines there.
Monarch is amongst locals a very well known place with great wines. It recently went through complete reconstruction, which turned this popular wine bar into Spanish-style wine & tapas bar. So it’s new interior looks really cool, however, we’ll see how much the wine selection changed.
St. Claire’s vineyard in Prague Botanical Garden
Address: entrance from Pod Havránkou street, Prague 7
On the outskirts of Prague, nearby the famous Prague Zoo, you can find St. Claire’s vineyard. As a part of Botanical garden, you’ll need to buy a normal entrance ticket (valid for the entire botanical garden). However, just few steps up the hill is a small house where you can try their wines. Over the years they have received many Czech awards for their quality, so we think it’s worth the trip.
If you only like Czech beer HERE