Trpělka & Oulehla
The small village of Nové Bránice, situated not far from the wine producing village of Dolní Kounice, is the seat of the family winery of Václav Trpělka and Luboš Oulehla. Wine has been grown here since 1991 and today they operate on as many as 18 hectares of vineyards. Vine-growing has had a rich tradition in Nová Bránice, dating back to as early as the 12th century and is connected with the local monastery called Rosa Coeli. For that matter, the labels of the Trpělka & Oulehla winery are specific and non-confusable thanks to the symbol and sign - Regina Coeli.
Specific wines of this winery include Sauvignons, which enjoy great appreciation and are sought after in top-class gastronomic circles. Other white wines produced by this house are mainly Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Müller-Thurgau. As to red varieties, this wine-maker and the wine village as such probably gains its best results with Lemberger.
The dutiful processing of these wines obviously goes without saying, and one can also expect that the resultant product is prepared using the latest technological processes, controlled fermentation and other procedures, which are intended to bring the wine to the best possible level.
This Mikulov winery processes grapes from vineyards stretching over the protected area of Pálava. The soils are characteristically rich in calcium, thus giving a high quality input material.
The firm’s philosophy is to grow grapes and process them with a technology very friendly not only to the resultant product (for example thanks to the minimum chemical inputs), but also to nature and the landscape. The winery professes the idea that “wines are made in the vineyard”, meaning that they devote great attention to grapes and try to prepare them in a suitable manner and harvest them in a way so that they do not have to be “finished up” or saved in cellars.
The company production is very wide regarding the varieties offered. Depending on the year, it markets up to 14 white and 7 red wines. The winery itself boasts the prime position in the Czech Republic in the production of naturally sweet wines in the ice wine category, as well as production of the same varieties from various locations.
This is a relatively young wine company, founded as late as 1999, nevertheless despite a short history it is possible to achieve interesting results and produce exceptional wines.
And that is the main idea of the firm – to produce wines as natural as possible, not to interfere with them too much and to allow the specific characteristics of the used variety to excel in combination with the natural, soil and climatic conditions, to speak through the wine.
Currently, Tanzberg works 68 hectares of vineyards in the wine villages of Mikulov, Bavory and Perná. A large part of the produced grapes represents varieties for white wines, mainly Rieslings, Chardonnay, Sauvignon or Pinot Gris. All these vines are subjected to the philosophy of great reduction, which means they are regularly cut down making sure the plant is weighed down as little as possible and its strength and nourishment are not shared by a large number of grapes, but focuses on a small and therefore better quality and concentrated yield. And now it probably goes without saying that good wine-growers show a friendly approach to nature and apply chemical treatments as little as possible.
Since 1991 this has been a business association of wine-makers, on whose philosophical and personnel foundations a winery of the same name was set up in 1999, having its seat in Valtice and a cellar in Pavlov in a magnificent location in the hills above the Nové Mlýny water dam.
The original idea and target of the winery was to buy selected grapes on the basis of a long-term co-operation with growers, then to process these and sell wines under the Reisten brand. Nevertheless, shortly afterwards the owners realised that in order to produce high quality wines to their liking there was more involved than just processing the ordered grapes. To put it simply, a philosophy of a wine-maker has to go hand in hand with the philosophy of grape growing and that can be achieved only in one’s own vineyards. That is why within a short period of time they bought their own vineyards in three localities and started planting grapevines. Since 2005, bottles with the Reisten label contain wine originating solely from their own grapes.
Reisten winery focuses almost only on white wines; red wines are quite an exception. As to white wines they produce both types of Pinots, Chardonnay, Rieslings and Sauvignon. Grape growing is regulated at approx. 1.2 kg per capita.
The winery of František and Hana Mádl is located in Velke Bílovice and they refer to themselves as the “small wine-growers”, and truly it is not a big firm as to its production. They work their own vineyards and also buy grapes for some of their wines, but they strive to gain new vineyards and prepare grapes for their wines as they grow them, allowing them to control the whole process of wine-making from the very beginning to the end.
This winery produces both white and red wines, offering a very good stable quality in simpler wines, such as quality wines or kabinetts, but they are successful also in making very good wines, for example their Sauvignon, which matures in oak barrels.
The firm – Michal Robek–Winery is really a very small producer, operating since 1994 and working 4 hectares of vineyards; it produces about 30 thousand bottles a year. This enterprise is located in the Slovácko wine-growing sub-region of Hodonín.
As is typical for Moravia, the Michal Robek Winery concentrates more on white wines. The preferred varieties include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Welschriesling. Grapes ready for processing are usually of the sugar content suitable for wines with special attributes. Some wines are produced with the elevage method, leaving them to mature in oak barrels; this is particularly suitable for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The product range also includes several types of rosé.
Since 1995 the company has been operating on 135 hectares mainly in the vicinity of the villages of Šardice and Dambořice. All the grapes are processed by them in their Augustinian cellars located in these villages.
The firm prides itself on using the latest technologies in the production of still as well as sparkling wines. These include pneumatic presses ensuring very careful handling of grapes during pressing, a reduction technology for the controlled white wine fermentation and use of vinificators for red wines.
The varieties grown in these vineyards reflect plants typical for this locality, that is to say in white wines these are both Pinots, Moravian Muscat, Grüner Veltliner, Chardonnay and Sauvignon, and red varieties include Blauer Portugieser, St. Laurent, Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as the relatively new Moravian variety of Neronet. In addition, Neoklas offers a very wide range of naturally sweet wines, such as straw or ice wines.
This company has its seat in Lednice-Valtice area, right in the traditional wine town of Valtice not far from the Austrian border. As to the area of its vineyards, at 15 hectares and an annual production of about a quarter of a million bottles, it ranks among medium-sized businesses.
The winery produces white and red quality wines as well as wines with special attributes, some of them are left to age in Barrique barrels.
Ing. Petr Marcinčák officially founded his winery in Mikulov in 1990. At present he works vineyards with a total area of 102 hectares in the wine village of Novosedly and produces about 200 000 bottles a year, solely from the grapes grown in his own vineyards.
The winery specialises in grapes of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, Neuburger, Veltliners, both Rieslings and Roter Traminer, and as for red wines, Lemberger, Zweigeltrebe, St. Laurent and Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines are produced as those with special attributes using the latest technologies. In addition, Marcinčák winery uses suitable grapes from good quality vineyards for production of naturally sweet wines, such as straw or ice wines.
The firm regularly achieves success with their wine at wine competitions such as the Wine Salon in Valtice, Vinex Brno, Valtice Wine Market and others.
This company was founded by the renowned Moravian wine-maker Miloš Michlovský in 1993. Since then it has been priding itself on its dutiful work in the vineyards and cellars as well as traditional procedures supplemented with the latest technologies. The wines from this company have found their place in top-class gastronomy and good wine shops.
In the Velké Pavlovice, Mikulov and Mutěnice sub-regions the firm grows grapevines on approx. 130 hectares. The varieties mostly found here include Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pálava for white wines, and for red wines - Pinot Noir, Lemberger and delicate Merlot, which is processed using small oak barrels.
Vinselekt prides itself – particularly in the Pálava area – on an approach which is friendly not only to nature but also to the grapes, which are processed in a very delicate manner, using only the necessary minimum of chemical substances. The firm also produces sparkling wines, and some of them are processed with the classical method of secondary fermentation in bottles. Their sparkling wines and mainly still wines quite often win prizes at domestic wine competitions.