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“This is the right place to taste the best Czech Wines.”

National Wine Salon (Narodni salon vin)
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South Moravia Wine Day Trip from Brno
Ranked #4 of 18 things to do in Valtice
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Owner description: Formed in 2000, this non-profit industry has tasting rooms and courses on wine and wine tasting.
Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is the right place to taste the best Czech Wines. The cellar is housed in one of the wings of the beautiful castle. We have been on a lot of wine tasting tours across the world and have to say that this experience was very good. For a fee of 355Kc (about 14 EURO), you are given a wine glass, bread and let you to try 112 best wines of 2012 for 90 minutes by yourself. You are receiving a booklet as well that includes info about each wine. The place is very recommended for the wine lovers (amateurs and professionals) . It is possible also to buy wine for the reasonable price. We definitely will come back again.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

South Moravia is the Czech Republic most important wine producing region. Located inside the Valtice chateau, in a cellar of course - the National Wine Salon offers a unique opportunity to taste a wide spectrum of Czech wines, which have been improving year after year. There are different entrance fee options depending on the amount of wines you might like to taste, and it is possible also to buy bottled wine for later consumption ;).

1  Thank Kittynam76
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

As this was crush season we traveled for hours without finding a wine cellar with any tasting until this. We just got in before closing and it was the highlight of our trip outside of prague. Over 100 wines to taste, all quality from all over the republic.

1  Thank sjchof
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

After visiting on 2012.09.08 the Valtice Palace I stopped at the Národní Vinařské Centrum (Czech State Wine Centre), which is housed in one of the palace´s wings. Readers of this review may also be interested in my review on the restaurant of the Hubertus hotel, which is also located in the same palace.

A previous point to be cleared up is that the TripAdvisor heading for this site “National Wine Salon (Narodni salon vin)”, though not incorrect, is incomplete. What the visitor enters is the said Wine Centre, starting with an exhibition of wine-growing history, techniques, areas (see photo 80) and grape and wine varieties in Czech, which the visitor must go through. This museum is as interesting if not more than the degustations the previous TripAdvisor reviews refer to. The Salon vín České republiky (Wine Salon of the Czech Republic) has two related but different meanings. First in time the Salon is a the highest national wine competition. Wines made from grapes grown in the Czech Republic which have previously passed a process of nominating exhibitions, are then assessed by a Czech-only jury of wine-tasters. They award each year to the best hundred wines the right bear the label “Salon vín České republiky”. The name “Salon vín” is also given to the permanent degustation and sale exhibition in a cellar to which the visitor arrives after having walked through the museum and office. Earlier TripAdvisor reviewers refer to the degustation programmes, which I didn´t indulge in. I don´t think drinking many types of wine one after the other is wise, specially if you can´t spit them out.

Another point of great practical importance for visitors of the Wine Centre and potential buyers of this country´s wines is the meaning of the concept “Czech”. The Czech Republic is formed by three regions: Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. But the Czechs often shorten the name of the country “Česká republika” to “Čechy”; and English speakers also shorten more and more “Czech Republic” to “Czech”. But “Čechy” means Bohemia only, the adjective český (Czech) means both Bohemian and Bohemian and Moravian (i.e. Czech), and the majority of the best “Czech” wines are Moravian. So, if you want a good Moravian wine make sure it isn´t Czech in the sense of Bohemian.

By the time the average wine lover advances along his heavy degustation scheme till the massive steel grill discretely concealed behind a recess in the cellar wall, he is usually not in a state to notice it. I asked the sommelier to open it for me (photo 79) and we descended a steep flight of stairs to the narrow lowermost cellar where the Wine Salon´s premium wines are kept under lock. I don´t know their English names, if there are, but the Czech wine denomination system is practically identical to the German and I know the German names: výběr z bobulí/Beereauswahl, výběr z cibéb/Rosinenauswahl, slámové víno/Schilfwein, ledové víno/Eiswein. These are the best wines Moravia, Central Europe and Canada have to offer . They are many times more expensive than the wines exhibited in the public cellars but, in my opinion, they are worth it. I bought a few.

Besides its huge assortment, the Národní Vinařské Centrum offers a guarantee of impartial advice and fair pricing, since it is state-run.

4  Thank PabloAyala
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

the best wines are presented in typical cellar atmosphere. great to visit in any time of the year...

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