- Hans Weber
- November 29, 2023
The best Czech wines on August 10, 2023 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Prague
The ceremonial announcement of the results of the 12th national wine competition – the wine region of Bohemia will be held on August 10, 2023 from 16.00 to 21.00 in the auditorium of the Czech Agricultural University in Prague Suchdole. Entry is 100,- KČ and includes a glass with the logo of the Guild of Czech Winemakers, a catalogue and a tasting of competitive wines.
The Guild of Czech Winemakers has a long history. The preparatory committee for the founding of the Guild of Czech Winemakers met for the first time in the autumn of 1967. However, the federal activity of the winemakers is closely linked to the history of the Czech wine industry, which began to develop massively due to charles IV’s efforts to develop the country’s economic development. Modern history dates from the constituent general meeting, which was convened on February 25, 1968, and the “Guild of Czech Winemakers”, based in Mělníka, was founded at the Copper Castle, under the “heading” of the Institute for the Scientific System of Management (ÚVSH). Tomáš DOHÁNK was elected as the first chairman of the Guild from the Wine Research Station in Karlštejn (1968 – 1970), followed by Vítězslav HUBÁČEK, also from the Wine Research Station in Karlštejn (1971 – 1991), who was succeeded by Ing. Vítězslav ŠUHÁJK then a ČZPI worker in Prague (1992 – 1994). After that, Ing. Ivan VÁŇA, entrepreneur and owner of czech winery Chrámec, performed this function. Jiří ČÁBELKA, director of the Czech Wineries, was also chairman of the guild. As of 2017, Stanislav Rudolfský, the owner of kutná Hora s.r.o. Wine cellarcompany, is the chairman. At the time of its creation, the Guild of Czech Winemakers brought together Czech winemakers, who set themselves the goal of revamping a Czech winery that was almost on the verge of extinction. The next task was to reconstruct the existing vineyards and plant new vineyards through the Guild, based on the most advanced knowledge in the wine industry.
The Guild of Czech Winemakers is currently an interest organisation of winemakers, serving to exchange experiences and opinions about viticulture and winemaking in the Czech region. Through its activities, it helps to consolidate the positions of vine growers and wine producers on the market. It strives to restore prestige to quality Czech wines with their inimitable character and promotes them on a variety of occasions. It is incorporated into the Winemakers’ Union of the Czech Republic and at the same time is also a partner to associations and organizations of similar focus. Among other things, it also provides advice and assistance on technical matters, especially to young and emerging winemakers. The Guild holds lectures, regional exhibitions and wine shows. He organizes professional excursions to wine companies in the country and abroad. Each year, it holds social evenings and ceremonial gatherings at which old wine-making customs are preserved. The Guild of Czech Winemakers values its history and its personalities. So he had a memorial plaque made and placed on the building of the Higher Vocational School of Horticulture and High Horticultural School in Mělník to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Josef Šimáček. Josef Šimáček served as a nomadic wineteacher for the districts of Mělník and Roudnice nad Labem. He was a prominent figure in the Czech wine industry and was instrumental in establishing this school. He also hung a plaque on the original building of the school in which the winery began to be taught to remind contemporaries of this important event.
Winery ČZU also has an interesting history, which is not only focused on the production and sale of wines, but there is also a teaching activity. Students carry out their scientific work here. The winery was founded as a scientific base to investigate the suitability of individual clones for the wine-growing region of Bohemia.Thanks to this, there are still a large number of clones – the Rhine Riesling alone is represented 36 times. The winery is among the founding members of VOC Mělník and is housed in the original Carthusian monastery dating back to 1628.
The ČZU winery, established in 1981, farms in the Mělnice sub-region on 13 hectares with an annual production of 45,000 litres, of which 35,000 are bottled. Over the course of its existence, it has collected numerous awards and medals at many competitions.It was recently successful at one of the most important wine competitions in the Czech Republic. Kings of wines of the Czech Republic
The winery’s representative, Ing. Štěpán Weitosch, scooped the gold medal for rulanské white 2021czech land wine at the “King of Wines” competition see photo.