We fell in love with the Moravia region of the Czech Republic not only for its wine pedigree, but also for the real, genuine people we met along the way. This country is not producing wine for the glamor - this is an industry that has been around since the 13th century. People in this region produce true, natural, old world wine. Principal grape varieties are predominantly whites such as Pinot Gris (Rulandske Sede), Dry Riesling (Ryzlink Rynsky), and Sauvignon Blanc. However, the reds are not to be overlooked. Be sure to try the Movarian Cabernet, Pinot Noir, or any of the many blends with popular grapes such as Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch when you have a chance.
The wine history of the Czech Republic is rich and intriguing. Dating back to the 2nd century, stories of Emperors dictating plantings of vines in designated areas as well as being sent to other royals as gifts in celebration of births and sacrifices to harvest gods all adds to the interest and intrigue of Moravian wines. The country itself has a fairy-tale feel with Gothic castles and rolling countryside that takes you back to another age. The Czech National Wine Center and the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic even reside in one of these gothic castles in Moravia.
Read more about Moravia and it's history.
Read more about the Moravia terroir and climate.