- Hans Weber
- September 29, 2023
You can experience wandering through the vineyards of Prague this weekend
The charms of the vineyards in the heart of the city, guided tours, beautiful views, winemakers’ talk and gems of history. All this is offered by the project of the capital “Prague Vineyard 2022”, the 4th year of which brings further news. Just as wine villages in Moravia and Bohemia have their open cellars, Prague has its own wine-growing tradition – wandering through Prague’s vineyards. Since its premiere in 2017, the unique event has gained a firm foothold in the metropolis’ program and, after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, will once again offer a total of sixteen vineyards on the last weekend of May, 28 and 29 May, including the new Lysolaj Vineyard.
Thanks to the capital and private individuals, the vines in Prague are now growing on about twenty hectares of land. In addition to the St. Wenceslas Vineyard in the area of Prague Castle and Vyšehrad, where there are three small vineyards, the capital also offers such pearls as Vinohrady’s Grébovka with an almost First Republic atmosphere, as well as the beautiful St. Vitus Vineyard. Klára, the magnificent Salabka overlooking the Prague Zoo and the steep slope of the newly “bitten” Zilvar’s vineyard on the territory of the former Popelářka, one of the few homesteads that has been restored to its original function.
Furthermore, the only Baba organic vineyard in Prague hidden in the greenery on a rocky promontory near the ruins of the same name, several vineyards of the Strahov Monastery and the Svatojánská vineyard along Úvoz pod Petřínem await those interested. And if visitors are looking for something more personal, they can also see a small vineyard with a distinctive atmosphere surrounded by modern buildings and historic Gothic walls on the slopes of Albertov, the famous Máchalka near Prosecká bobsled track or the exceptional Modřanská vineyard, which is southernmost in Prague.
The vineyards will be open from 10:00 to 17:00 on the last weekend of May, free of charge or for a symbolic entrance fee. An accompanying program with a small tasting will be prepared in some vineyards, and guided tours will be prepared in all of them. During the event, information stands will be placed on each of the participating vineyards, which will provide visitors with basic information and interesting facts about the given vineyard and location. At the same time, printed information leaflets with a map are available, which are distributed by the Prague City Tourism tourist information centers; the map can be downloaded in electronic form at www.prazskevinice.cz.
Participating vineyards: Máchalka vineyards, Albertov vineyards and Baba vineyards, which also offer wine tasting from their production, St. Clare’s vineyards in the Botanical Garden in Troja and Salabka vineyards, which also have a rich program, Zilvar’s vineyards, Grébovka vineyards, Vyšehrad Chapter vineyards, NKP vineyards Vyšehrad – Old Burgravy, Modřanská vineyard, Svatojánská, Svatováclavská and Strahovská vineyards on the slopes of Petřín and the newly connected vineyard in Vítkov and Lysolajská. The Pod Vyšehradem vineyard is presented together with the NKP Vyšehrad – Staré burgrave’s vineyard, from the area of which it is possible to see the Pod Vyšehradem vineyard and where an information board will be located.