A small, family run winery, Krásná hora's approach to their vineyards is the same as their children, “we love them and we try to do our best to make the best of them.” From the first planting by their grandfather in the 1960s, while under the communist system, they have followed this approach and the winery has come a long way. They focus on releasing high quality wines from small parcels of premium fruit after long and careful aging in their cellar located immediately behind their vineyard.
Managing 7 hectares of certified organic vineyards, they harvest their grapes by hand and yield on average 30-40 hl/ha. They are not trying to be as large as possible, but as healthy as possible and since 2014 they have followed biodynamic methods. The vineyards are of varied soils including loess, sand, and limestone. The result is their ability to blend the unique qualities of each fruit into the beautiful wines they produce.
The first vines in the Krásná hora line were planted by French monks in the 13th century, which may be the reason for their traditional French varietals such as Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir. The monks understood the unique requirements of the environment for excellent production which were exhibited in the vineyard; the perfect soil, the south-south west orientation of the hill, which also provides good protection from the spring frost, and the oak forest at the top of the vineyard.
Their name, Krásná hora, translates to “beautiful mountain” in English, and this family extends the beauty from the mountainside right into its winery. Their building has been featured in a catalog published for an exhibition in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prague called “Architecture and Wine in Central Europe”, the preface to which includes a remark by Karel Schwarzenberg where he states, “the idea became popular… for vintners to promote the idea that Winery Architecture should correspond to the modern trends of wine production and thus also contribute to the surrounding landscape.” This could not be more true for Krásná hora. When constructing their new facilities for grape processing, they underwent a modern and highly efficient yet historical interpretation of traditional village houses with saddle roofs and white facades interrupted by colored glass blocks reminiscent of windows typical of local farmhouses. Take a tour.
Their passion and dedication to creating modern beauty translates directly into their wines.
Krásná hora won Czech Winery of the Year at the 2018 New York International Wine Competition as well as a Silver for their 2015 Cuvée Bernety.