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Vacations in the Czech Republic: wine festival in Melnik

Vacations in the Czech Republic: wine festival in Melnik
Vacations in the Czech Republic: wine festival in Melnik

Just half an hour away by car or train from Prague is located a small town of Mělník, which appeared around the eponymous medieval castle in the late tenth century. Thanks to the local climate, as well as the enthusiasm of the Lobkowic noble family, who own the castle from the middle XVIII century to the present day, the town of Mělník and its environs became one of the main centers of wine-making in the Czech Republic.

It is therefore not surprising that in the second half of September (September 18 - 20) here will be held a grand celebration dedicated to the harvest and winemaking. More than 50.000 tourists are going to visit this annual wine festival. And although in Mělník there are many pretty comfortable hotels and motels, we recommend to book accommodation here in advance.

During the festival here is organized a medieval fair, a wine auction, numerous artist and musician performances. The main event of the holiday is a traditional theatrical performance, which tells the story of the birth of winemaking in the region. According to the legend, Prince Václav, the king’s brother, planted in Mělník the first vine brought from Burgundy, and taught the people together with the French winemakers to produce wine. Even though not all facts in this legend are true, the truth is still out there.

Local conditions are really very similar to the climatic conditions in the French Burgundy (type and mineral composition of soil, rainfalls and sunshine), so the local wines are very similar to the Burgundian. The most popular wine is Ludmila (both white and red), named after the grandmother of the Czech King Václav. Other highly valued wines are Rulandske, Red Tramin, Rhine Riesling and local sparkling wine, which, according to the experts, can compete with the famous champagne.

Ilya Kozlovskiy

Date: 20/09/2011

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