What exactly is Mikulov wine? We have been asked by many tourists and foreigners visiting our area making a mistake by drinking beer (here and why?), or wines and varieties that are not typical and have really nothing to do with us, our traditions and common wine routines and customs.
As a small wine country (20.000 ha/50.000 ac.) we are mostly unknown in the global wine industry and are actually more celebrated for beer, which is mostly thanks to the epic consumption level.
However, we have a very long wine history and tradition and wine has been made in Czech lands for more than ten centuries and has always played an important role, not only in economy but also in culture, society and even politics.
So what wines should one seek when visiting Mikulov? There are actually a few simple guidelines that we recommend to keep in mind when searching for the right Mikulov wine.
The 5 most grown varieties
We are a COLD GROWING AREA with a CONTINENTAL CLIMATE and wine areas stretching alongside the 48th parallel and have a strong GERMANIC influence.
Apart from that we Mikulov winemakers have a quiet distinctive local element and without any doubts a unique speciality in a form of the Palava Highlands that compliments our wines and gives them their unique character
- Drink whites – 70% of our production
- Expect a very diverse choice of varieties from naturally occurring to different hybrids and crossings. Crossings are very common here – a last two decades trend.
- However, the traditional ones are typical Central European (Germanic) varieties – Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling and Muller Thurgau. From Burgundy we mostly do Pinot Blanc, but now also have a striking number of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris and there has always been a very popular and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc.
- Buy and ask for varieties, Cuvées and blends are rather rare here
- Expect a whole range of different wine styles and/or residual sugars from dry, semi-dry and semi-sweet and even sweet
- Now, most will be dry and/or semi-dry, but it is quite common to find yourselves sipping a semi-sweet Chardonnay
- Yes, we do that here – not your international palate Chardonnay, but quite common
- In summer drink rose! Again a wide range of different styles and varieties, but most will be fruit-driven with good crisp acid and perfumed nose – the best checking the sugar as lot will have some (see above)
- Reds are minority and most will be typical Central European ones – St. Laurent, Zweigeltrebe, Blaufränkisch, but do not miss out on a vintage and oak seasoned Pinot on the other hand better skipping Cab Savs, or need to have a really wine adventurous spirit
Forget the local wine appellation as it is way too complicated and in fact useless especially when compared with the French AC/AOC or Italian IGP or DOP