The union of vintners
from Starý Plzenec, Mikulov, Velké Bílovice, Bzenec and Pavlov has formed an ideal foundation for a broad range of quality still and sparkling wines. The combination of environmental conditions, tradition, people and ideas gives specific contours to this goal -- The contours you known from bottles and wine glasses. In addition to the Bohemia Sekt, Víno Mikulov, Habánské Sklepy, Vinařství Pavlov and Chateau Bzenec brands also belong to the Bohemia Sekt group.
Even today we are lovingly and skilfully expanding on the experience that French wine expert Louis Girardot passed on to us in Starý Plzenec over sixty years ago.
Bohemia Sekt has long enjoyed popularity and prestige at home and abroad. Awareness of the brand, which is viewed as the family silver in the Czech Republic, is nearly 100%. This number corresponds to its huge share of the Czech sparkling wine market.
The sparkling wines of Starý Plzenec appeal to those who appreciate quality, elegance and luxury. They have all of the attributes of a modern and increasingly sought-after lifestyle. People connect Bohemia Sekt with the art of enjoying the company of others, finding inspiration, confidence, contentment, harmony and sensuousness.
Mikulov is the South Moravian bastion of winemaking. Vineyards were planted in the area already by Roman legionaries who came to the region in the 3rd century AD. Local winemaking guilds continued this work, cultivating wine on about eight hundred hectares of land in the 16th century. They knew why. The sun warms the white cliffs and vineyard slopes facing the Pálava. The lower slopes have deep, fertile ground with drifts of loess in places. Limestone increases as the elevation rises.
Mikulov region is the home of Welschriesling. The terroir has bestowed this variety with an exclusive status, creating a truly unique grape. With gusts of warm air, the northeastern and northwestern slopes are ideal for cultivating varieties that do not need a lot of heat. Of these varieties, Müller Thurgau, which features a strong peach nose, is the most widespread. Chardonnay also does well here, and the deep, loamy soil in the southern areas provides optimal conditions for Grüner Veltliner. Wines from these areas are well-bodied, mildly spicy and fresh with pleasant acidity.
Habánské Sklepy is located in Velké Bílovice, the largest wine commune in the Czech Republic located at the foot of Chřiby. The Habans, reform Anabaptists and skilful artisans, excellent builders and superb vintners, contributed most to the development of local winemaking in the 16th and 17th centuries. They founded vineyards, built cellars and spearheaded the use of new technology and processes. They left passed on their heritage in the form of respect for the land and grapes and careful oversight over every stage of the winemaking process.
The slopes of the Velké Bílovice wine sub-region feature soil containing a wealth of nutrients and lime. In the autumn the slopes are exposed to warm Foehn winds and create fertile ground for wine varieties with a low acidity content and full, colourful palate. Velké Bílovice is fames for its red wines featuring intense colour, mild bouquet and full-bodied long finishes that develop into a mellow, soft or even velvety palate with age. Wine experts have high acclaim for the local St. Laurent with its exceptional, very pleasant palate of dried plums and for the Traminer, in which the higher sugar content in the grapes imparts spicy full body. White varieties growing in the best vineyard areas in Chřiby are ideal for producing dry, soft and full-flavoured wines with low acidity.
Wine associated with the Chateau Bzenec label started to be produced in 1875, when Count Reichenbach developed the production of classic sparkling wines in addition to his still wine production. Already by the end of the 19th century the wine received numerous international awards, including gold medals in Toulouse (1881) and Madrid (1890) and first price and a state honorary diploma in Vienna in 1894. The optimal position of the slopes of Chateau Bzenec vineyards offers winemakers an excellent environment to grow northern extractive wine varieties featuring a mild, characteristic bouquet. The Chateau Bzenec label is a registered trademark, and its long-celebrated Rheinriesling achieves excellent quality characteristics at the vineyard.
Given its unique properties, the type of Rheinriesling that has been cultivated in the Bzenec area for over 130 years could be considered a separate variety due to the given the special terroir of the location. Research conducted by a team led by Czech winemaking professor Vilém Kraus has proven this. Scientists discovered a type of Rheinriesling here that could be called "Lipka" or "Bzenec lipka" and brought it to revitalised vineyards at the Stará Hora plantation in Syrovín. In early 2012 nearly 43,000 grafted plants from the original variety were transplanted to the site.
The smallest wine commune with the largest number of vintners is located at the foot of the highest hill in Pálava, Děvín. The people of Pálava have had a reputation for being good farmers and winemakers since mediaeval times. The local protected wine plantations of Sahara, Stará Hora, Pod Pálavou and Slunný Vrch are among the warmest areas in South Moravia. Together with the unique limestone bedrock and hundreds of years of winegrowing, the area offers an ideal location for harvesting and producing exceptional wines.
The current vineyards almost exclusively produce white wines that have an unparalleled terroir here. Welschriesling and Chardonnay especially stand out for their excellent quality; Sauvignon, Pinot Gris and the local Pálava variety ripen at higher elevations of the Pálava highlands. This exclusive wine combines well with gourmet dining and can boldly be compared to the world's best wines.