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Reviewed June 7, 2019

Is this isn't the ULTIMATE wine tour, I don't know what is. This private experience should be on every food & wine lover's MUST-DO list. It's a bit pricey but worth every penny and you will enjoy every moment. GO!

Here is a detailed overview:

We had a very interesting three days in the Czech wine region with our very own personal Wine Travel in Czech guide, Andrea Kotaskova. The oh-so lovely Andrea was dedicated to us for the entire three days. She served as our personal driver, wine expert, and tour guide from the minute she picked us up at our inn in Prague until we boarded the train in Breclav, CZ (where Andrea dropped us off, at our request).

Andrea was a wonderful and knowledgeable wine expert and guide. Thank goodness we booked her to guide us every step of the way as the Czech language can be a little challenging for Americans (once you are out of the big cities, where English is not so prevalent. Andrea, also served as the perfect English <-> Czech translator, ensuring our three days in the wine region were perfect).

From the moment Andrea picked us up at our inn in the Castle Quarter of Prague, she entertained us with delightful conversation about her business and her family as she drove us through the lovely Czech countryside for the three hours it took to get to Moravia.

First stop (not counting a latte break at a super new and clean gas station / WC stop along the highway) was a leisurely walk in the absolutely charming and colorful little town of Mikulov. We enjoyed a light lunch in the tiny little KUK Bistro cafe (which had maybe 4 or 5 little tables). We ordered their soup of the day, a lentil, onion and mushroom soup which was absolutely delicious, HUGE portions, and so inexpensive by US standards. This nice big bowl of hot soup was perfect on what was otherwise a very cold and grey day.

We followed lunch with a walk around the Chateau Mikulov gardens (we would have toured inside the chateau but they are closed on Mondays). The chateau is the biggest, most noticeable place in Mikulov...you can't miss it. We also toured the chapel and tomb dedicated to a local, historic, noble family, which all served to get us well acquainted with the local culture. We really loved the radiant architecture of this charming little town.

Next, we checked in to our "wine cellar" style room (a basement apartment) at the Apartment Antico inn in Mikulov. Andrea had personally booked the room for us, specifically selected to give us the ultimate wine country experience. The room was quite unique, to say the least, and I must say, while I was initially somewhat skeptical, we rather enjoyed our two nights there in our nouveau rustic wine cellar room. Thankfully Andrea was able to communicate with the inn keeper as I don't think my four-word Czech vocabulary correlated much, if at all, with his four-word English vocabulary. Andrea was an excellent translator so we had all the help we needed to make our accommodations as comfortable as possible. Fortunately, the inn keeper was very kind and willing to carry our two fully-packed (and heavy) travel bags down the very narrow and steep stairway to our basement apartment.

I think my six-foot-plus tall husband was a bit taken aback to find our room had a rather low, rounded (wine barrel shaped) ceiling and an even shorter door that led into the "powder room"....my dear husband managed to hit his head on that door every time he went in! I must say, he was a very good sport about the lack of a shower (which most Americans are used to and expect). With all our experience traveling around Europe, we have come to expect we may have to suffice with just a bathtub now and then, as we did here. Interestingly, the bathtub (a really nice, modern, big and deep one) was one of the main features of the main sleeping bedroom. I loved it...my husband not so much, but he managed. A younger couple might find it to be just wonderful and very romantic.

After checking in to the inn Antico, Andrea took us to two different wineries for our first afternoon of wine tasting. We must have sampled 6 to 8 different wines everywhere we went. Good thing we caught on very quickly that we would need to pace ourselves and simply "taste" (versus "drink" the generous pours of each of) the local wines!

One thing we quickly became aware of: we actually knew nothing about Czech wine (90% of which are whites) going in to this excursion, perhaps because they export very little to the US....virtually all their production is consumed in Czech (or in some very limited quantities to other EU countries). By US standards, the prices for Czech wines are very reasonable....even for their highest quality premium editions.

It was all quite a delightful and educational couple of days of tasting. For the most part we really loved the Palova wines and some of the Welsh Rieslings (which weren't really Welsh at all). Do try them ALL if you ever go.

On our first night in town, Andrea had made dinner reservations, just for the two of us, in her favorite Mikulov restaurant, Sojka. Dinner there was just terrific. This little locals hang-out was fabulous, comfortable, and the people there couldn't have been nicer. I enjoyed a delicious Thai curry with chicken (the first time on this two-month European trip that we didn't focus on eating local fare) and my husband had Duck Confit (French!)....both were outstanding and it was actually a nice break from all the traditional German and Czech dishes (even though we loves those dishes, too).

Tuesday was pretty much a full day of wine tasting, with the exception of an early morning excursion to the Archaeological Park in Pavlov, which was really quite interesting, both in terms of the award winning eco-designed architecture of the museum, and the displays of their 40-50 thousand year-old relics, still positioned right where they were originally discovered in their archaeological digs. It was very well done and well-worth the visit (you really don't need to do wine-tasting ALL day, especially that early in the day).

At one of the wineries we visited on the second day, Gotberg (one of my favorites), our wine-tasting experience was led by the chief wine maker...a charmingly friendly and wine-passionate young man (whose looks, mannerisms, smile, and eyes reminded us of our son). While we enjoyed all the wineries we visited in Moravia, this one had a special calling for us.

Along the way, we realized why Czech wines are so little known in the US. Although the Czechs have been making wines in this region for over 600 years (they claim their Riesling is the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings), when the Communists took over all the buildings and all the businesses after WWII, they (the Communists) had no idea how to produce wine and basically ran these old historic businesses into the ground. It was only after the Velvet Revolution that some enterprising citizens decided to revitalize the wine making industry and started planting new vineyards.

By US standards, the Moravian vineyards look very young (much shorter, smaller vines than we are used to seeing in Napa). Most of the wineries we visited were less than 20 years old. But we must say, these people are very passionate and proud (deservedly so) of their wines and all they have accomplished since the turn of this century.

From a wine-tourist's perspective, it's more like touring Tuscany maybe 50 years ago (albeit, even then, Tuscan vineyards would have been around for a much longer time, just without the tourists). The Czech wine region is delightfully tourist-free and really a wonderful experience. We highly recommend it for anyone who has an interest in exploring new and untried wines (especially whites).

On the third and last day, our wine travel guide, Andrea, took us on a hike up to the top of the highest point in Mikulov for a great 360 degree view of the region, followed by a tour of the Castle in the town of Lednice (the summer "cottage" of the Liechtenstein family, for whom that other country is so named). The castle was spectacular (it didn't matter to us that the group tour was conducted in Czech, with no English translation)..the opulent wood-carved interior architecture and the massive castle grounds were incredible and well worth a visit. The town of Lednice appeared to be just as charming a place to stay as Mikulov, but Mikulov has far fewer (if any) tourists, which certainly appealed more to us as a home-base for this three-day adventure.

Overall, our wine tour guide, Andrea (a Prague native), was highly efficient, well-organized, and a great conversationalist. She kept us on our very active schedule without ever making us feel rushed.

We highly recommend hiring her or her Wine Travel in Czech business partner, Isabella (who we understand is from Paris), if you ever decide to visit the Czech wine region. It's a really special place to go if you want to get away from the tourist hubbub and be one of the first in your area to become more knowledgeable on Czech wine.

It was certainly a very special and unique part of our almost two months exploration in central / eastern Europe.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Deb B
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Reviewed May 18, 2019 via mobile

We had a private tour that first led us to a small family owned winery in a small village that was as if we were sitting in our own family’s home just enjoying wine together... from there we went to a more commercial winery for an amazing lunch followed by some exceptional wines. Finally we ended up at a historic chateau with great history including the location of the first Pinot noir grapes to be grown in the country. We took a tour of the chateau followed by a tasting in the cellar which has historic barrels still in place!

Overall it was a perfect day, great wines, and an awesome guide! We highly recommend the experience!

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Reviewed May 11, 2019

Although we are not wine experts, one of our hobbies is visiting wineries when we're in a new country. We feel extremely lucky to have discovered Wine Tours in Czech, as they provided one of the best wine tours we have ever had. During a recent visit to Prague, we spent two days with Isabelle, one of the leaders of this group. She is extraordinarily knowledgeable not just about wine, but also about Prague, the Czech Republic, architecture, art, history... You name it, she was able to give us colorful information about it.

Isabelle and her partner Andrea also do extensive research into local wineries before including them on their tours. The result is that you get a fascinating look at the wide range of winery operations in CR, from a small family-run home-based operation to some of the largest wine cellars we've visited anywhere. We selected private tours with Isabelle, and they were well worth the cost. At most stops the owner personally guides your visit, and offers fascinating information about their operations, philosophy, future plans, etc. Many of the wineries we visited offered locally made food specialties to go with the extensive tastings.

We were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of Czech wines, mostly because we've never gotten to taste them before. And that's because, at least for the wineries we visited on this tour, even though with high quantities of production, their wines sell out to local customers and they never export. That's too bad for the rest of the world - hopefully some day that will change.

If you have a day or two to spend seeing gorgeous scenery in great company, we'd highly recommend you look into Wine Tours in Czech with Isabelle and Andrea.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed April 10, 2019 via mobile

We had an excellent time with Isabelle in Troya vineyards tour. She was knowledgeable and we got to drink great wine! Hearing about each wine maker's process and wine history in Czech Republic were really interesting. We would love to do another tour on our next trip.

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Reviewed April 8, 2019

Isabelle walked us through Troja vineyards for a lovely wine testing . She is very knowledgeable and you can learn a lot about Czech history and wines in general. Isabelle is always spreading her good mood within the group to make your time a very special moment. I would really recommend taking a tour with her enjoying your wine testing experience with her.

Date of experience: April 2019
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