Accidental wine tasting in Mikulov, Czechia

Moravia wine region consists of four wine-growing subregions – Znojmo, Mikulov, Velké Pavlovice and Slovácko

Most people know Czechia only as a beer country, but actually Czechs produce great wines in south facing sunny slopes in two regions (Moravia and Bohemia); thanks to fantastic "terroir" that is saturated with limestone soils. Moravia is famous for its white wine making. The most common varieties are Grüner Veltliner (my favourite grape), Müller-Thurgau, Riesling and Welschriesling. In South Moravia there is also 65 kilometre long Mikulov Wine Trail (Mikulovská vinařská stezka) for people who enjoy cycling like we do.

Getting ready to cycle in Lednice, Czechia.

The following is a funny anecdote from an accidental wine tasting in Mikulov with Czechia's Heads of States. 

We were visiting our friend Ilona in Milovice in South Moravia for a long weekend. We did day-trips around the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape and visited Mikulov's Old town centre and the Chateau. On our way back to Milovice we stopped by at a Hotel Zámeček to see if we could grab a bite. 

Mikulov Wine Fair 2015

I got out of the car first to check if there was anything to eat. As I started walking towards the hotel, all of the sudden I was being surrounded by bodyguards who made me move along the group. Once the group stopped, I asked who are their escorting. One of the bodyguards replied to me, "the Prime Minister of Czech Republic. He is here to inaugurate the wine fair (Mikulovské vinné trhy). So, I accidentally entered into a wine tasting event without an invitation. I asked the organisers if it was ok for me to fetch my family and thankfully they said yes. We were the only foreigners there and people were really nice to us. We had some cheese, cold meats and only I was able to sample the wines as my husband was driving. This accidental wine tasting has been one of my top enogastronomic experiences!

Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (wearing as striped tie) talking with the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman (sand coloured shirt & grey hair).

There were 625 wines to sample 

Czech vineyards grow typically Gruner Veltliner, Muller-Thurgau, Welschriesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, and Chardonnay grapes.

 I received an ex post invitation from the organisers.

Ilona's beautiful garden in Milovice

My husband bought five cases of Galant's Riesling Vlasský & Grüner Veltliner wines from the Hotel Galant in Mikulov. Galant winery has a total 27.5 hectares of vineyards.