- Hans Weber
- December 1, 2023
Sixteenth vintage on Grébovka will be in the sign of the film
PRAGUE (September 19, 2023)
Vintages on Grébovce have gained a reputation for their many years of existence as one of the biggest events of autumn Prague. This year it takes place on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September in already traditional places, i.e. in the Square Mile and in the Havlíčkův orchards (Grébovce). Visitors will be treated to a rich accompanying programme as usual, with Michal Hrůza’s saturday performance with the band Hrůzy being the highlight of this year’s event. Not the least bit of visitors will be bored, however, with a puppet theatre and a band full of songs with Iveta Blanarovič waiting for them.
In addition to a few musical concerts and offerings of dozens of wine stands, burnout, gastronomic specialties and handicrafts, this year’s Vintage on Grébovce will be enhanced by an accompanying programme in the form of a screening of the film, listening to well-known film tunes and songs from fairy tales for children. This will take place on Saturday on both the main stage and the secondary one at the bottom of Grébovka. This year’s motto of vintages Two Film thus refers to the film cycle, which the city district is hosting for the second year running.
“Each vintage year has a different thematic focus, so this year will be no exception. It’s no secret that Two’s cultural ly historical riches and beautiful parks attract more than one filmmaker. Alongside the film’s pictures, the scenery of the parks is also used as a theatrical backdrop or amphitheatre. The Grotto in Havlicek’s orchards, for example, has repeatedly attracted viewers to summer performances. The open-air culture also returns to Riegro’s orchards, where the reconstructed amphitheatre comes to life years later. There, this year, was a remembrance literary evening in honor of the Chapek brothers. The selection of the motto of this year’s vintage sale 2 Filmova offered itself so directly and our vintage is therefore not only a festival of wine and food, but also a cultural and social event where everyone really chooses from the accompanying programme,” says the mayor of Prague 2, Jan Korseska, who will officially launch this year’s vintage on Friday in The Square Mile.
Traditionally, wine-growing on Grébovce has been treated by visitors as an all-day picnic with a sitting on the grass and a glass of good wine or burnished, perhaps just from the local historical vineyard. Wine from this year’s Grébovka vineyard may be a rarity. “We’ve had a dry and relatively cold spring, which has been replaced by a hot summer with occasional torrential rains. In mid-August, hail damaged around 60% of the grapes, including the foliage, but fortunately hot and dry weather followed. While the harvest takes place about a week earlier, the sugar content is so far standard and the quality of the grapes is surprisingly good, with a lower acid content,” says Pavel Bulánek, who looks after the vineyards on Grébovce, assessing this year’s crop.
This time, visitors will be able to choose from a menu of 87 stalls, 39 of which will sell burnout and still wines. Both traditional Czech and Moray wineries will be introduced, and there will be no shortage of smaller or family wineries. “Although the weather was changeable, winegrowers in the South Morang vineyards have tackled the challenges, hoping for sunny weather in the following days and weeks to ensure a good harvest. In terms of volume, the harvest in 2023 is expected to be average or slightly below average,” says Karel Havlíček, a representative of Mojave winegrowers who regularly takes part in grébovce vinobraní.
The event will not be short of traditional or gastronomic specialties not only from the country, but also from different parts of the world and all sorts of delicacies, and of course the popular Wine Rye-Dot in the Grotto. There will surely be lovers of quality still wines from renowned vi-narries.
The vintage on Grébovce is an action for the whole family, so they don’t forget about the children. For those in the lower part of the park, there will be a special programme including creative workshops and face painting. The vintage on Grébovce proves every year that the tradition of Prague’s vineyards, as founded in the Middle Ages by Charles IV, is still alive today.