Quality Czech Wines Abound in Prague’s Wine Bars

Czech Republic, Prague Guide (B): Quality Czech Wines Abound in Prague’s Wine Bars

It’s been nearly 20 years since we last visited Prague and, frankly, I cannot recall having had wine back then. The Czech Republic is famous for its beer*, especially Pilsner Urquell, and we drank plenty of it. So on our return, we expected that we would again have to spend our time drinking beer. Our biggest surprise has been the proliferation of wine bars in Prague and the quality of the wines we’ve tried. We arrived in Prague with no experience with Czech wines, since they are difficult to find outside of the Czech Republic, and we’ve been having so much fun tasting and learning about these interesting wines.

The Czech Republic has a 2000 year history of winemaking, but quality winemaking was nearly destroyed by Communism. After World War II, winemakers businesses were turned over to the state, vineyards were nationalized and vines of most varietals were ripped out in favor of varietals that worked well for mass production of cheap wines. Most wines were produced by state run cooperatives, although grape growers were allowed to keep a small amount for their own personal use. After the fall of Communism in 1989, the cooperatives were broken up and vineyards returned to the winemakers. Since then, Czech winemakers have been busy recovering what was lost. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Quality Czech Wines Abound in Prague’s Wine Bars
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Prague
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Veltlin Wine Bar   Virnarna Bokovka   Vinograf Senovazne Sq.   Vinograf Misenska St.  
Author: Julia B. Wilde
Read it on author's website: https://jillsurbanfoodcrawls.com/2018/08/19/quality-czech-wines-abound-in-pragues-wine-bars/

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