The Wine: St. Laurent (Svatovavřinecké) is a relative of Pinot Noir and the most wildly planted red grape in the Czech Republic. This wine has excellent aging potential. When you drink it, pair with game, roast meat and barbecue.
The Winemaker: Víno Marcinčák is a family winery working their own vineyards in the Mikulov wine district. The winery focuses exclusively on producing attribute wines made from traditional varieties. Using modern technology, emphasis is placed on quality, originality, and uniqueness, all thanks to the unique character of the individual vineyard tracts. The philosophy of vintner Petr Marcinčák is to produce wines with character intended for the most discriminating wine lovers.
The Land: The warm Baden Sea left behind massive sediments of calcium gravels, sand, and clays that today form the most important parts of the vineyard tracts. The geologic composition is comparable to that of the Médoc district of Bordeaux, where tertiary sediments were deposited by the same sea.
Produced by: Víno Marcinčák in Novosedly village in Slovácko viticultural sub-region of Moravia. (48.83°N, 16.50°E)
Label Art: Amethyst (1900) by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha
The Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon is a relative newcomer to Czech vineyards and is helping establish Moravia as a world-class wine-producing region. This Cabernet Sauvignon is lighter in body than grapes grown in warmer climates and offers an elegant wine.
The Winemaker: Vinné sklepy Valtice (“wine cellars of Valtice”) was built on the traditional French Chateau model of the 15th century. Having survived two world wars, Chateau Valtice is one of Moravia’s oldest and largest wineries.
Chateau Valtice takes the best from the past and combines it with the technological advances of the present. The wines are stored in both the historic cellars first cut in 1430 and in the most modern stainless steel tanks using both refrigerated controlled fermentation and traditional oak ageing. Many are also bottle matured in the ancient cellars where they are seasoned in the rich history of Moravian wine. The Valtice vineyards are part of the UNESCO world heritage site confirming the rare and unique attributes of the land.
Produced by: Vinné sklepy Valtice in Valtice village in the Mikulovsko viticultural sub-region of Moravia. (48°44’41.743″N, 16°43’45.896″E)
The Wine: Cabernet Moravia has a dark garnet color and aromatic elements of black currant typical for Cabernet grape varieties. Fruitiness and well-structured tannins build complexity through bottle ageing, typical for red wines from northern regions. This indigenous grape variety was bred by Lubomír Glos in Moravská Nová Ves by crossing Cabernet Franc x Zweigelt in the late 1970’s. This variety belongs to the top Moravian wines and may be the only Cabernet Moravia in the USA.
The Winemaker: Vinařství Ludwig continues more than a century of wine making tradition in the Šlancar family. Quite a successful Czech winemaker, they produce upwards of 175,000 cases a year in total.
The Land: Ludwig winery owns about 15 acres of vineyards in the heart of the red wine region of Moravia. This is one of the warmest places in the Czech Republic. Soil types vary from calcareous clay, loamy marl, sandstone and conglomerate rock.
Produced by: Vinařství Ludwig, s.r.o.in Moravská Nová Ves in Velkopavlovicko viticultural sub-region of Moravia. (48.8°N, 17.0°E)
Label Art: Primrose (1899) by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha