Maybe now you have someone at home who, despite the state of emergency, has to work every day and it is more demanding than ever. And perhaps she or he is already fed up and doesn't know how long it will last. We know that there are many such people, and we would like to thank them for that.
We are a winery, so sending energy packages directly to the workplace in our case would be a bit contrary to labour law. That´s why we want to thank differently. When all this is over, everybody who has to spend enormous energy now to keep the health service or food distribution running has a free glass of wine on us. And she or he can enjoy it in peace and sunshine on our terrace overlooking the Pálava hills, where we think our wine tastes best.
How could you organize such an experience for somebody? Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or type us a Facebook message with hashtag #pojdnasklenicku. You should write your name and the name of the person you order the glass for free, and why that person deserves it. We will confirm your order on the same platform, and we will be looking forward to seeing you again at Sonberk. Right now we are thinking of nothing more than how great it will be to be able to welcome visitors back.
We are still open at Sonberk from 10 am to 5 pm. You can buy wine with you and other products through a makeshift window.
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When ordering six bottles (one carton) you have free shipping after entering the "DOPRAVA" code and we will add Sonberk's lavender and apricot jam as well because we have an understanding of the lack of sugar now :)
Spring Box of Wine
Includes cuvée Sémillon / Sauvignon 2016, Riesling 2018 VOC, Sauvignon 2018, Silver Sonberk, cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot Gris 2016, Barrique, Cuvée Pinot Gris & Chardonnay 2018, Silver Sonberk and Pálava 2018 VOC.
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Under normal conditions, in Sonberk, we would already have the experience of season-opening and of the almond festival in Hustopeče. But this year everything is different. None of this happened, so we thought we would like to meet you at least virtually. That´s why we organized the first Online Sonberk wine quiz. It took place on Facebook on Friday. And we enjoyed it a lot, so we decided to repeat it every week until the end of emergency status.
“We were sorry that we can't meet people directly in Sonberk right now, so we were thinking about how to compensate for it. Our colleague Dominika came up with the idea that we could play a quiz with our fans just as we know it from some bars. We rethink this idea so that it can be organized remotely,” explains our marketing and sales director Dáša Fialová.
It was a challenge to come up with questions that are not too difficult for the not so wine educated people, nor too easy for those who are part of the wine industry. In the end, it turned out that the representatives of both groups had signed up, and 13 teams took part in the first quiz. Some competed as an individual, and someone used the quiz as an opportunity to have at least a virtual meeting with friends. "Nice diversion, thank you very much," this is one of the responses we got in Facebook Messenger, through which we evaluated the answers.
Most of the correct answers were sent by a team led by Petra Tesařová, who is rewarded with a carton of Sonberk´s wine. The winning team missed only half a point to the full score. “Good enough even we just guessed from time to time. It's probably thanks to the wine we drank,” laughed the winner in one of her messages.
As the quiz enjoyed you and us, we are going to continue this Friday. Again on Facebook, and again in a special FB event that you can also sign in.
Seven of our wines have been included in the Collection of the Year according to creators of the guide called Best Wine of the Czech Republic. In recent weeks, we have almost all of them introduced on the blog, and today is the time for the last one - our only red - Merlot.
Being the last one makes sense. We already have the last few bottles of the 2017 edition, and we will wait for the 2018 edition until the autumn. If we can advise, this is exactly the wine you want to drink to celebrate the end of the state of emergency when you can see your friends again. We have it in classic bottles, but the 2016 edition also in Magnum bottles of 1.5 liters, so you can handle the celebration in a larger number of people.
One of the reasons Merlot is soon gone is that his bushes make up only a small part of our vineyard. They were planted among the last, a little extra, but over the years of Sonberk's existence, wine has become one of our and your most significant favorites. Thanks for what? Probably a combination of sun and heat that the grapes get on the slope on which the bushes grow. Or strict harvest reduction. We keep less than a kilogram of grapes from each bush.
Olda´s art in the cellar is also essential. The wine matures for 12 months in François Frères oak barrels. The result has the smell of blackberries and cherry syrup and the taste of burnt wood and plum jam. And it has earned a lot of recognition at competitions.
Last year our Merlot became the absolute winner in its category at the Prague Wine Trophy, where Czech and foreign wines are evaluated together. Similarly, a year before, it shone at the Oenoforum conference, one of the few national events held under the auspices of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine. And recently, the authors of the Czech magazines Wine & Degustation and Wine and Style picked it up on their pages. So it also means that you cannot mistake this wine to celebrate the end of an emergency.
It has been a few months since we got the idea at Sonberk to talk about wine in the form of podcasts. And when we were recording the first episode a few weeks ago, we didn't even think how useful it would be at this time when we are all home in the Czech Republic. So welcome, we are introducing the Sonberk´s podcast named Between the Rows, which will talk about everything about making wine at Sonberk and elsewhere.
We will post podcasts in Czech (sorry for that) on Soundtier or Spotify approximately once a month. It's supposed to be a little guide to the wine world. “We want to talk about our philosophy of wine, why we do it, and what it means for those who drink our wine. But we don't just want to close to Sonberk. That is why we will invite guests that we respect. For example, we will talk about how to choose good wine or how to make a modern winery abroad,” explains Dáša Fialová, our marketing and sales director.
Her voice is one of those you will hear in the first episode. It talks about why the Sonberk´s Pálava is mainly done in a dry version, although many consumers associate this typical Czech variety more with sweetness. Along with Dáša, in the premiere episode, is, of course, our winemaker Olda Drápal, who explains how the decision to dry Pálava happened.
But Olda also mentions his famous Pálava, straw wine, which is in contradiction often enjoyed as a dessert to eat. Besides, he describes the difference between these two wines in technology. And he also recalls how surprised he was years ago because of the reward he got for his wine at one of the significant world competition a few years ago. Also, anyone who listens to the podcast to the end will finally find out how much wine the wine workers drink per week.
The Sonberk´s podcast series Between the Rows is also being created thanks to Libor Böhm from the audio publishing company Read Me! And also thanks to guests. We can even now say that we invite one from Prague to the second podcast.
If one had to think about what he or she was doing in the summer of 2017, it would be hard to remember. For wine, however, remember the year 2017 is worth, in our case, mainly Riesling 2017, which is the penultimate wine in the award-winning Collection of the Year and just in these months begins to be the best time for its drinking.
Why is that right now? After all, the wine acquires all its complexity after maturing in a bottle. “When this wine is young, its fruity and citrus tones predominate, and its acid may be too strong for someone. But the aging in the bottle rounds off the acid, and the honey notes, in general, are starting to appear,” explains our marketing and sales director Dáša Fialová.
The German designation is not a mistake and indeed not a coincidence. “We decided on it already in 2013. We realized that this wine is often presented to people from abroad or abroad because we send it to competitions. The traditional German name is much more understandable, ” explains our winemaker Olda Drápal.
The content of the bottle of Riesling is the so-called oenological cuvée, which means that the result is a mixture of the material of several tanks of wine to which the grapes were harvested on different days and thus had different sugar content. Olda´s basic rule is that the result must have slightly higher acids while maintaining a sugar content of around 4 grams per liter. For 2017, it is 4.6 grams of sugar. The result was appreciated not only by the creators of the guide named Best Wine of the Czech Republic but also by the members of the V8 Wine Alliance. In the collection that always selects the best bottle for each winery of the association, Sonberk currently represents the Riesling 2017 VOC.
The almond trees started to bloom a few days ago, so we are looking for spring, and we are planning what you can enjoy with us in the winery. After the Creative Winter, we are preparing the Wine Spring, weekend brunches, and the new vintage of our summer festival. So prepare your diaries.
The season 2020 will start on Saturday, March 21st. On this day we will be open regularly on both weekend days. On the first Saturday, we are going to ser excellent food and famous pâtés made by Matyho Chálka. You can also count on tours of the winery, which our wine manager Roman Slouk will perform from 12 AM and 2 PM.
One week later we will join the Hustopeče Almond Festival, and we will be in two places. Together with the group of winemakers from Hustopeče, we will have a tent right in the centre of an event in Hustopeče. But we will also be open at home at Sonberk.
You can also come to greet us on Easter when we think on children's fun - for them, we hide chocolate eggs around the vineyard and for their parents some bottle because every age deserves its own. Besides this, we prepare something new. You can look forward to the Wine Spring, two evenings in April and May, which will allow all visitors the opportunity to experience wine and its diversity a little more. The Riesling Night is going to happen on April 30th we'll tell you what will be waiting for you that evening.
The Summer Festival is our tradition that has been enjoyed by hundreds of people. In 2020, the time has come for us to go for the usually "sleepy" winter season, so for the first time, we organized two workshops called Creative Winter, where visitors learned something new and not just holding a glass of wine. Although it has always been part of it and it turned out that creative creation goes well with wine.
After the February workshop of home decorating with Róza from the Brno florist shop Rosebud, last Saturday, we created decorations that can be worn every day. Zuzana Balcárková, known under the Momara brand, showed to participants how to make a bracelet made of minerals to their taste. And not just them. It turned out that such a Saturday in the winery can be spent in addition to friends with children too. While mothers were making a beautiful decoration, they were also able to observe their children with who some of them had with them.
The bracelets of minerals are made in such a way that the whole composition is first formed with the aid of the mold. Each participant could think about it and add ornaments that Zuzana Balcárková also brought with her. Initially, it was planned to create two bracelets. Thousands of colored stone balls attracted almost everyone to other ideas, so each participant left not only with bracelets but also with some extra decoration. And even with a recipe for the production of essential oil, which Zuzana Balcárková also explained.
Since it does not look like winter and snow this year is coming, we will be inviting you to an outdoor program in March. But after two pleasant Saturdays with creation, friendships, and wine, we promise to repeat it next winter.
A lot of prizes are now collected by our wine with a complicated name and a little more complicated process of creation. The combination of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris varieties was discussed here in the Czech Republic and throughout the Czech wine business mainly in autumn. This wine has become the best rated in the Winemaker of the Year competition. For the second time in a row, it reached the 90-point border in the competition What Tastes Young. And since it is another wine of the Collection of the Year, now is the right time to say something more about it.
This blend is a wine from another world, more in the west, and with an even older wine tradition. It is made up of two Burgundy varieties, both of which are each individually 'trained' in French barrique barrels by the master of the cooperage industry François Frères. Only a few wineries have their products in the Czech Republic. French coopers choose who they want to work with, and when they're busy, they just say there won't be more barrels. But when they choose a winery, they give it all the care.
We at Sonberk have had these barrels since 2005, among other things, because of how well they are processed. Their production takes a long time. In standard barrels, the wood matures for 12 to 24 months. Wood for these French is waiting for 36 months. "The manufacturer lets the wood stand outside, whether it rains or shines on the sun to extract the coarsest tannins and to mature properly," describes Olda Drápal, our winemaker.
In the final blend, which has only 0.1 grams of residual sugar and 5.7 grams of acid, 60 percent of the first variety and the 40-second one. Burgundy combination is excellent for food pairing, so it is part of about every tasting menu that we prepare.
For the past four years, there has been an association called Young Winemakers in the Czech Republic. It was founded to promote modern wine-making practices and winemaking concerning nature, grapes, and wine lovers and importing foreign trends and their representatives into the Czech Republic. That is why last week a conference of the association took place. Members of the group chose wines that reflect their philosophy in the best way. “The aim of the competition is to show the wines that most appealed to the new generation of winemakers in the Czech Republic and which have the potential to succeed among young people,” Eva Pelikánová, the vice-chairwoman of the association, explained the meaning of the competition. Her words are even more important to us because one of the wines that received much attention is ours. Blend Chardonnay & Pinot Gris 2016 won the award for the best white wine in the competition.
“It is a great honor for our winery, and success is also very positive news. Some people consider us to be a more conservative winery, so we will be happy to show that our wines also taste to young people,” said Dáša Fialová, our sales, and marketing director. Although Sonberk can no longer rank among the members of the association due to age restrictions, we follow a similar wine philosophy. We were even more pleased with the evaluation of one of the judges. Mojmír Baroň from Mendel University wasn´t afraid, and in a blind tasting, he pulled a mythical hundred for our blend. In total there were 253 out of 63 Moravian and Czech wineries in competition. It was Sonberk cuvée Chardonnay&Pinot Gris 2016 (94 points), Riesling 2017 VOC (86,67 points) a Sémillon/Sauvignon 2016 (86 points).
If there were tens of inches of snow between the rows of the vineyard, there would be nothing strange about it. Snow in January, February, and March, when the main vineyard task is a winter cut, is entirely usual. But not to this year. In these days about twelve people in the Sonberk´s vineyard cut excess twigs in almost spring weather. “But it does not influence the speed of work, nothing can be speeded up on the prunning,” explains our vineyard manager Roman Slouk, who has other tasks. Since there is no sign of snow and there are generally higher temperatures outside, everything also tends to start preparing the soil for sowing a mixture of plants in the vineyard. "It's a rarity of this year," says a little bit suprised Roman.
Along with his helpers, he has to prune about two hundred thousand shrubs on 45 hectares of Sonberk´s vineyards. However, they can omit part of the vineyard this year. It is a newly planted part of the vineyard with bushes of Palava and Moravian Muscat, “There's nothing wrong with them now, they're like in the fridge, and we're waiting for their spring sprouting. The first major task will be in spring to do steel wool, a support structure that will be galvanized, so it will shine like a sun,” Roman gives instructions on how to recognize the new part of the vineyard.
When the vines sprout and green leaves, the new bushes will look similar to the older ones, but they will not have grapes this year. We expect the first crop should in four years.
Last time when presenting wine from the Collection of the Year, we talked about dry Palava of Sonberk as a speciality. So if this is a speciality, then the Pálava Straw Wine is even more significant. This is due to the bottle of 250 ml in which this wine is sold, and especially its content, which is a dessert wine with 197 grams of residual sugar per litre.
The term “straw” means that the grapes were left to dry for about five months before the must is pressed. Thanks to this, sugar is more concentrated. The drying process is traditionally done on straw, but in Sonberk, we use individual grates to allow better air circulation. We have them since the founding of the winery since our winemaker Olda Drápal knew he would create straw wine. “We wondered for a while what kind of variety it would be. After some time of testing, the final choice was on Palava because it has firm skin, so it is suitable for long grape laying,” explains Olda.
In the Collection of the Year awarded by the creators of the guide Best Czech wines is this variety of Pálava from the year 2016, which was created at Sonberk about 4500 bottles. Specifically, it is mainly bought directly in the winery. Sonberk visitors are usually attracted by its atypical packaging or a distinctive sweet taste with tones of dried fruit.
“We say this wine is a diet dessert. It is great for a multicourse dinner if you don't have enough space for dessert, but you still want something sweet. It's a wine for gastronomy,” explains our sales and marketing director Dáša Fialová. However, she has seen many bottles of wine sold directly from a wine shop, mainly by Asian tourists. The popularity of this wine is partly because in 2018 received a gold medal and 96 points at the famous Decanter World Wine Awards.
When we sent the authors of the Best Czech Wine Guide our collection for evaluation, it was clear that the part of it will also be our dry Pálava. This wine is typical for Sonberk, and at the same time, it makes us quite different from other wineries. So it´s why of the reasons why we were awarded the title Collection of the Year. Pálava is a variety, which many wine consumers associate with a sweet taste. But we made it in our dry version. Our winemaker Olda Drápal does not plan to change it, and there are many reasons for it. What exactly?
First of all, the character of the variety and its flavour. “The fact that Palava is often made sweet is not written; there is no rule for it. It is sweet simply because some winemakers do it because they know that it will appeal to people who do not drink wine so often,” says Olda, who has been working with this variety at Sonberk since the founding of the winery. But it was for him for the first time in a larger amount, because Palava is a relatively new variety.
The hybrid of the Traminer and Müller Thurgau varieties is specifically Moravian. The new variety of Pálava was registered in 1977, so it took a while to spread, but it became more popular. Traminer is known for its spiciness, but often lacks acidity and has uneven fertility, which Palava supplies Müller Thurgau. That was the reason why it became a part of the vineyard in Sonberk founded years ago.
Today we owe this variety the most significant international success. According to the evaluation of the Decanter World Wine Awards, our dry Pálava 2015 became the best dry aromatic wine in the world in 2017, which caused a crack on the Czech market and abroad as well. “This award means, among other things, that we got a whole page for ourselves in the Decanter magazine, which informs about the world's best wines and is followed by everyone interested in wine. The British and Americans used to come to us with a copy of the magazine,” says our marketing and sales director Dáša Fialová.
Among other things, thanks to the success in Decanter, Pálava is the wine that most often goes from Sonberk abroad, especially to London. Wholesalers and restaurants remembered it thanks to the competition, and they like it as a specific Moravian variety, so it is unique to them. In the future, we will have even more of these grapes. Pálava is one of the two types we planted around Sonberk in the autumn.
There are things we are used to at Sonberk. Grapes, bottles, glasses, and a lot of good food from various chefs. And then there are things that we don't do so often. Actually, we don't do them at all, but they can be all even more interesting. This is also the reason why we embarked on a new program called Creative Winter this year. At the end of January, the florist from Rosebud store Markéta Střechová named Róza stopped at our first part and gave an entirely new utilization to our tasting table. She left a lot of floral scents and 13 visitors who tried something new in their lives.
On the first episode of Creative Winter, we made decorations for the apartment, which took the form of a mossy hill with vivid flowers, twigs, plants, and other decorations. At first, it wanted a little explanation. “Everyone got their own polystyrene form, which was first arranged with moss. Roza talked about what she had done and how she did various installations, for example, for functionalist villas or restaurants. And she added information about what can be used to create the decoration and how is needed to take care of it,” says our marketing and sales director Dáša Fialová.
The moss basis could be arranged in various ways, so in the end, we had 13 completely different decorations. Who needed help, asked Róza or a neighbour directly, so such a cold Saturday afternoon was a way to meet new people. And also wine. "Our fans and fans of Rosebud, who have never been in Sonberk, arrived for the first part of the Creative Winter, so they got to know each other and our wine," Dáša points out.
The next part of our Creative Winter is on 29th February. This time, thousands of beads of minerals will spread on the tasting table, which will be merged into colourful bracelets under the leadership of Zuzana Balcárková, who creates under the Momara brand.
Whether you are celebrating your partner on February 14 or another day, just on February 14 and Valentine's Day, there are lots of great ways to do it nice. With one such option, we were approached by the Hustopeče wellness hotel Amande, which prepared a special three-day Valentine package, which also has a great experience at Sonberk - a five-course dinner in our place with lights of candles and accompanied by our wines.
We are going to serve beef tartar and our Sémillon / Sauvignon 2015, zander from Pohořelice with smoked butter, almonds, and Riesling 2015 VOC or as a dessert strawberry with lavender, chocolate, and 24-carat gold and sweet Riesling 2014 selection of noble berries. Dinner should be the peak of the first day of your stay in Amande. It begins with the arrival at the hotel, the accommodation, and the transfer of guests to Sonberk. The stay, limited by the number of seats to nine couples, can continue with any access to the wellness center and allows for an extended Sunday check-out time, which is up to 13 hours. If it sounds exactly like something you want to enjoy with your partner, you can check out the whole offer at or directly order by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The two recent successes of the Sonberk´s wines have one thing in common - Riesling Noble Rot 2017 will represent Sonberk winery next year in the Wine Salon and is also part of the award-winning Collection of the Year by the creators of the Best Czech Wine Guide. That's why this wine deserves a more detailed performance.
Two foreign words in its name refer to the fact that it is a wine made of grapes covered with noble mould Botrytis cinerea. During the year, winegrowers routinely resist it. However, when it shows on the grapes in the final ripening, it causes the husks to crack, which means a higher concentration of sugar, acids, and other substances inside. “By creating Riesling Noble Rot, we use not only these grapes. The proportion of grapes with botrytis is about forty percent, which is greatly complemented by the acids that naturally dominate in Riesling, creating a pleasant full-bodied wine,” explains our winemaker Olda Drápal, who finally mixed Riesling Noble rot to 17.8 grams of residual sugar and 8.3 grams of acids.
Olda is a fan of drier wines, but here he makes an exception. He likes Riesling Noble Rot mainly in its older form. Therefore, this wine is bottled into a 1.5-liter bottle, which is suitable for more extended maturation. The bigger and smaller bottle is suitable to hide because the vintage 2017 is our last, and nobody now knows when the next. “We had the vintage 2007, 2013, and now 2017 and we would like to continue with the year 2019, but the grapes eventually did not have enough sugar content. Generally, it is necessary to be foggy overnight and windy and warm during the day so that water can evaporate from under the grape peel,” explains Olda.
In this case, the work with grapes is more complicated, but in the cellar, we can continue as with other dry wines. Maybe even simpler is that this wine stops fermenting spontaneously and does not have to be stoped in development. Most important, however, is its taste, which appealed not only to the contest evaluators, but also the head sommelier of the Prague wine bar Bokovka Roman Novotný, who, along with his colleagues, is its patron, as everyone can read on a tag.
If some company in the Czech Republic wants to pursue its wine only competitions, it could do it all year round. There are many competitions according to various criteria, but not all are worth it. One of the genuinely esteemed ones is the Prague Wine Trophy, an almost year-round contest in which Czech and foreign wines are measured mainly according to varietal categories. This year's competition ended a few weeks ago. There is a degustation in Prague at the Jalta Hotel today, where the best will be shown. For us, mainly Merlot.
It is this wine in its varietal category that tasted the evaluators of all Czech and foreign wines and won the highest possible award Prague Wine Champion. Outside of Merlot, the Prague Wine Trophy was especially appreciated by wines with higher-level residual sugar - Prague Premium Gold was awarded the Riesling 2014 and Pálava 2016 straw wine. “All of them gained more than ninety points. And that is why we apply for the Prague Wine Trophy, so there is no such wide-ranging comparison with foreign wines in Czech Republic,” emphasizes our marketing and sales director Dáša Fialová. Also important is the status that Sonberk has at the Prague Wine Trophy - we hold the rating of a five-star winery, which points to the fact that the point average of our three best wines again got over 90.
For January, please accept our invitation to events related to our wines.
16.1. Wine Thursday in Hustopeče in the wine cellar
25.1. Creative Winter at Sonberk: Decoration for your apartment with Rosebud
28.1. Galadegustation Prague - wine tasting from the Prague Wine Trophy competition
Do not hesitate to stop by to taste our news and fixed stars :)
Looking forward to you!
The performance, where the verb “enjoy” has a profound meaning, is presented in the Reduta theater by the National Theater Brno and Sonberk has the honor of being a part of it. The theater play entitled Duchess and Cook, written on the motifs of Ladislav Fuks' novel is complemented by a four-course tasting dinner made by the Koishi restaurant. Sonberk´s wine flows right next to the soup. Currently, the last place remains for 27th of January, further repeats in February, March and April are sold out.
The play has been introduced in Reduta for several seasons, and Sonberk´s wines have been there since the beginning. “Koishi was right at the start of the project, so they chose our wines. Of course, we were happy to agree, because combining wine with other strong and cultural experiences is exactly what we want to do,” assures our sales and marketing director Dáša Fialová.
Visitors to the show have been enjoying the same wine for the fourth season - blend Chardonnay & Pinot Gris. “Pairing wine to soup is difficult, not enough candidates. Our blend is specific due to its structure and robustness, it is one of the few that fits,” Dáša adds.
The creators of the performance speak of it as an exclusive experience, where besides great food and wine, the performance of the actor Vladimír Javorský, elegant service, and unique musical accompaniment are served.
When you do something for the first time, it may be a coincidence. Maybe a second time, too. But if you manage to get somewhere fifteen times in a row, that means something. And this is the score of the Sonberk's wines in the Wine Salon, a selection of the hundred best Czech and Moravian wines that are exhibited and tasted every year in the cellars of the Valtice chateau. The organizers of the Wine Salon have announced this year's selection, and the great news is that we are there for the fifteenth time in a row! This time represented by semi-dry specialty, botrytic Riesling Noble rot 2017.
It is a specialty in many ways. For example, our winemaker Olda Drápal can't even plan if he will be able to create this wine in a certain year. “It is always decided at the harvest. This wine is made from grapes infected with noble mold, which needs special climatic conditions, and these are not every year. This type of Riesling was supposed to happen again this year, but the sugar content was not high enough, ” Olda explains.
This concrete Riesling Noble rot is the 2017 edition and has 17.8 grams of residual sugar, and although Olda is normally not a fan of dry wines when he should drink some, where there is a little more sugar, he would choose this one. “But I would do it now by buying it now and drinking it in two years until it is a little wise and mature. I prefer it in older editions, but it probably won't be available anymore, so that I would insure myself,” he points out.
Those who would like to taste this wine can buy it in our e-shop or directly in the Wine Salon. This year´s edition opens for the public in Valtice on Thursday, February 6.
In spite of all modern trends, we are rather conservative at Sonberk, and we are introducing significant changes gradually. One such change happened in our winery a few years ago. In 2016 we purchased a new grape press, and the technology of production of Sauvignon has changed quite a lot since then. Our winemaker Olda Drápal now calls this wine in a little ironically way „gigolo“, but the truth is that perhaps this change may have given us the award Collection of the Year from the creators of the Best Czech Wine Guide.
What exactly did the change entail? As a result, the flavor of Sauvignon shifted from a conservative version to a new, fruity, fresh, and expressive form. “The most famous wines of the Sauvignon variety come from France in the Loire region. They are dry, strict, smoky, sometimes matured in barrels. On the contrary, New World wines of this variety from New Zealand, Chile or South Africa tend to be very fragrant and fruity, with a peach or grass-herb tinge,” explains our sales director Dáša Fialová.
Thanks to the new press, Sonberk´s Sauvignon shifted to the New World variant. The pres is closed, not open as it used to be. “When the press is open, the primary aroma and fruitiness of Sauvignon are loosing during several hours of pressing. The must oxidizes. In a closed press, the aroma is not loosing and we also use nitrogen to ensure complete impermeability, so the juice flows beautifully fresh and fruity all the time,” Dáša explains. The result has the smell of gooseberry and elderberry, so many people are waiting for it every year in spring. You can buy the whole award-winning collection or just a bottle of Sauvignon vintage 2018 just separately. The 2019 edition will be back in spring.
Weather in January and February does not attract everyone for walks, and because there is not much snow in the Czech Republic, we organize this Winter for the first time creative program for anyone who wants to have a nice Saturday. On the 29th of February, we are preparing a second episode, when you can come to create two bracelets from minerals with Zuzana Balcárková, who is known under the brand Momara. Bracelets can be just for enjoyment or you can create them as a gift.
The price of the workshop of 990 CZK includes the workshop management, material and several glasses of wine. Zuzana Balcárková will bring about 180 kinds of minerals, so you can choose which stones you like or which will suit your particular clothes.
This workshop is the second part of our Creative Winter. A month earlier, on Saturday, January 25, we organize a workshop with florists from the Brno Rosebud store. You can sign for the first or second one at email@example.com.
Sure, we carry wine throughout the country and abroad. But what make us even happier is when you come to visit us directly to Sonberk. This is one of the reasons why we are preparing a special new program in the coming year. In January, February and March there will be a series of workshops called Creative Winter at Sonberk. Save the date January 25th. On this Saturday florists will come from the Rosebud store in Brno and will teach us how to make our own decorations for the apartment.
During about four hours of the programme, we will talk about what and how you can use for your decoration and then each participant will create her or his own product. “We will sit in the warmth of our tasting room and the price of the workshop includes a few glasses of wine, so it´s an ideal filling for a nice Saturday with a friend,” says our marketing director Dáša Fialová.
The price of the workshop is 990 CZK and you can order a place on it via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. It could also be a nice Christmas present.
We are on the cover of the world wine guide and with the best collection in the Czech one
September is the month of harvest - the real one in which we pick grapes and its celebrations. This year our fans gathered grapes and pressed the juice from them as well. Unlike last year, everything is going to be somewhat calmer, so we manage to organize, in addition to the vintage celebration, the second Sonberk´s Brunch, which was our summer holiday farewell party. Another celebration would deserve another success, but there is no time left for it - in September in Paris, there was a presentation of the guide of the most interesting wineries, as chosen by French wine lover Jean-Baptiste Ancelot. Not only did he put us inside a book. He finally put on the cover photo of Palava mountains taken from our vineyard!
We got great news from Prague that our Merlot 2015 dominated the rating of the Prague Wine Trophy competition in its category. A little worse is the information from our cellar, which says this wine is no longer available. There is not even his successor from 2016, so we can´t wait to release the 2017 edition. In the same month, we manage to send one new product to the market - Sonberk's juice made from our Sauvignon grapes. And we also enjoy the great praise of the leading Czech sommelier Ivo Dvořák, who picked up our winning collection sent to the Best Czech Wine Guide in the current issue of Wine & Degustation magazine.
The more peace there is in the vineyard, the more action we do outside of it. We continue with dinners hosted by great guest chefs. We are also at the launch of the charity calendar of the project For a Healthy Land. And at the end of November, we close the season by tasting samples from our archive with our fans and open bottles of the new Merlot. At the beginning of the month, we have a new young Moravian Muscat, but it´s so popular that it´s available just for the few weeks.
In the bookstores and in the wineries, the guide of the Best Wines of the Czech Republic finally appears and we are proudly browsing through it because we got an award for the best wine collection from its creators. But we are already thinking of Christmas, so we create three gift collections according to the taste of our Roman, Olda, and Dáša. And we're also planting a new vineyard. Over time, new grapes of Palava and Moravian Muscat appear.
Dear friends, thank you all,
who buy our wine and pair it with the nice moments of your life.
And thanks to everyone,
who comes to us and with a glass in hand you enjoy your free time with us.
It makes us feel that our work makes sense, and we will be very pleased if this is the case next year.
Olda, Roman, Dáša, David, Táňa, Silvie, Bohdana, Dominika, Majka, Jirka, Monika, Jenda a Vladimír –the whole Sonberk team :)
We introduce new wines and see how the previous ones are doing in competitions. It's nice to watch. Pálava 2017 VOC receives a gold medal at the famous Concours des Grands Vins Blancs du Monde competition. Merlot has been acclaimed in Zurich or in the editorial of the Czech magazine Víno a styl, where the 2016 edition is the winner of Grandtest. One of the reviewers in blind tasting even said that if this wine was from Moravia, he would come to clean the house of its creator. By the way, no one has ever arrived here…
Our vineyard manager Roman Slouk is praised for his photographic art - his photos from the pressing of dried Pálava grapes are presented at an exhibition in Marseille. Winemaker Olda Drápal was given another opportunity. People from the Partnerství Foundation chose him as the important personality of the Czech wine business so Olda had a big presentation of his craftmanship in Brno. He really knows what he does and it was confirmed at the Oenoforum conference, where we were successful with our cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot gris 2016 and Pálava straw wine. They became category winners. Especially the first one is drunk at the first Sonberk Brunch, which we organize directly next to the vineyard.
The first month of the Czech summer holiday is for us also beginning of our Sonberk´s cultural summer festival. Hundreds of people come to us for the Javory band concert. And while apricots of 2019 edition are slowly ripening, we are going to market with the apricot brandy made from the 2018 apricot edition.
The August part of our festival belongs to hundreds of people who came to see the performance of the actor Jaroslav Dušek or all those who danced to the Jananas band´s songs. Riesling 2015 VOC is running in the cellar, but fortunately, we have the 2017 edition and we´re finalizing the 2018 edition. Harvest is not as fast as last year, so we have the opportunity to catch up with big news from Prague: We reached the final eight in the Winemaker of the Year competition, where a number of foreign holders of the title of Master of Wine are active as evaluators. The tasters are only interested in the quality of the samples and we turned the nomination into a great second place. And in addition our barirque cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot gris 2016 was awarded as the best wine in competition!
Right in the beginning, we experienced the greatest joy: We won our category of the Winery of the Year competition
People don't go to the winery so much, but we go out and collect prizes. At first, we received information that for the 14th time in a row, this time with Riesling 2015 VOC, we got the place in the collection of 101 best Czech wines called the Wine Salon. This great joy was followed by an even bigger one. We won the category of medium producers in the competition Winery of the Year.
Regardless of achievements, wine does not make itself. Our vineyard manager Roman Slouk and his colleagues run around the vineyard and work on the winter cut, so everybody can see rows of piles left in between. In this activity Roman has a big experience, so he is also judging in Czech Republic's winter cut championship. Meanwhile, our winemaker Olda Drápal squeezes the grapes for the Pálava straw wine. And our marketing director Dáša Fialová goes with a selection of Sonberk wines to London. It´s because our British importer Ellis Wines organizes gala tasting.
We can´t stand winter any more, so this time we open the season twice. First, we join the Hustopeče almond festivities and at the very end of the month, we have the official opening of the season with the tasting of wines from the archive. We also introduce the new Sauvignon and we host a visit from web TV channel Mall.TV.
One of the most beautiful and photogenic times of the year in the vineyard. Almond trees and apricots bloom around the winery. We celebrate Easter by hiding eggs around the winery for children and bottles of wine for their parents. We have also received the results of an analysis made with the help of a drone, so we can see which places of the vineyard are the driest. According to the results, we can adapt further land management.
Even before Christmas, we are open, so you have the opportunity to buy the latest gifts or Riesling, for example, which is very suitable for Christmas Eve dining.
23.12. we are here until 17.00. Between the holidays you can visit us on Friday (27.12.) or Monday (30.12.).
We are looking forward to your visit and wish you a peaceful and relaxing Christmas.
Have a beautiful Advent Sunday! Until 18.12. you can order last gift vouchers in 2019.
Delight your loved ones with wine tasting, a tour of the winery or your own wine selection. Email us at email@example.com
We don't talk about this wine very often, but that doesn't mean that our Riesling selection of noble berries doesn't deserve it. Exactly opposite. This specialty, with a high amount of residual sugar of nearly 140 grams per liter, is definitely not suitable for everything and certainly not for everyday drinking. But opening it means special day, because the food that it is ideally paired with this wine will take it to a whole new level.
Currently, high quality of this wine was reminded by Prague Wine Trophy competetion evaluators who ranked it among the best naturally sweet wines in the competition. They gave him a total of 93.25 points and the title Prague Premium Gold. The same Riesling glittered at our last gastronomic evening, where it created an excellent combination with an orange-toned variation on créme brulée.
“This wine is perfect for sweets, desserts, but also for very fat, mature cheeses. This type of wine and the right food are just as inseparable as football and Lionel Messi, a classic example of connection that will lead to an explosion in your mouth, ” explains Dáša Fialová, our marketing director. Sonberk's selection of noble berries is compared to the famous French wine of the Sauternes, for which the cult partner is roquefort cheese. “Not everyone would have guessed, but it really will sit well with fat-ripened cheese and desserts with a touch of citrus,” Dáša adds.
In addition, when counting the number of awards, this wine is the most successful in the entire existence of Sonberk winery. In 2017 it even received a platinum medal in the famous Decanter World Wine Awards and Best in category.
On Friday, there was a big presentation of a guide entitled The Best Wines of the Czech Republic. You can come across it in various places. Even we at Sonberk are proudly browsing through it and we will be exhibiting it, because our wine has received a special award. For the first time in six years, the evaluators of the famous Czech project organized by wine experts awarded the title Collection of the Year. And we got it!
“It was a collection that presented absolutely top and balanced wines. Except for one wine, all the others got over 90 points, so they are from the category of extraordinary,” explains Michal Šetka, one of the organizers and evaluators.
The wineries in this competition receive none to three stars depending on their quality. Sonberk boasts all three from the beginning, but since it came to the evaluators as a lack of appreciation for Sonberk, they came up with a new title for the best collection. According to Šetka's experience, the similar quality of individual samples is certainly not a matter of course.
“People say that the quality of Czech wine producers is improving, which is partly true. But I have a feeling that the gap between producers is dividing. Some wineries are stagnating and sinning to their former glory, so they send to us a collection with one of two excellent wines and the rest of the average or worse,” explains.
If you would like to read the new guide, you can order it online on www.w-d.cz or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
And whoever would like to enjoy the award-winning Sonberk collection also has the opportunity. For 1990 Czech crowns is available set consisting of Sauvignon 2018, Chardonnay & Pinot Gris 2016, Riesling 2017 VOC, Riesling 2017 Noble rot, Palava 2017 VOC and Palava 2016 straw wine. Please send us your orders to email@example.com or call +420 777 630 434
A new week is here and with him our November newsletter.
We will invite you to a tasting dinner with the chef of the Pavillon restaurant and pastrami with mulled sauvignon cider and apricot. We will introduce you wines awarded at the Prague Wine Trophy and others, which were so good that in the reviewers of the guide called the Best Wines of the Czech Republic created a special COLLECTION of the Year. We prepared six bottles of them for you at a discounted price. We are going to organize a tasting in Brno and Prague, and we didn´t forget to include a current photo from the vineyard and a look back at the Universe and parallel worlds.
Sonberk on the road again! This Thursday 21st of November our David will go to Český Krumlov, where he will be tasting at the Papas living restaurant and on Saturday you can meet him at the Castle Wine Festival, which will be held in the beautiful premises of the Castle Riding School.
Next week, on Tuesday 26th of November you can taste a cross-section of our wines with Dáša, together with the Brno Club of Friends of Good Wine in the Castellana Tratoria restaurant and on Wednesday 27th of November David will go to the capital city of Vinohrady in Cellarius wine cellar.
We look forward to you :)
At Sonberk, we have an open gate for visitors for almost three quarters of a year, but when winter falls, nothing can be done, we have to close it for a while. However, because we like our visitors very much and this year there were really many of them, we decided to give all Sonberk fans the opportunity to come and say goodbye before the winter.
On Saturday, November 30th, there´s gonna be a farewell party. We invited Coucou Pastrami foodtruck with their pastrami sandwiches and something sweet to eat as well. And because it´s cold outside you can drink our hot grape juice, which can be improved with a drop of apricot brandy. Above all, as always we will have wine!
The end of November is an ideal time when you should get ready for Christmas parties and Christmas holidays with family and friends. And we know that you can´t imagine this without wine. That´s why we gonna offer our wines for speciali price on this Saturday. And one more important point! We´re going to give you a unique opportunity to purchase the new Merlot 2017.
It´s a while we sold out Merlot 2015 a 2016 and we know a lot of your are eagerly waiting for its successor. We will start selling it right on the last Saturday in November, so you can get it directly from the winery. We have just a few rows of Merlot in our vineyard, so there is never too much of this wine and this year it is even a little less than usual so don´ miss this opportunity.
It's always a special evening. We clean up our large tasting room and stack several types of forks, knives and glasses on a large table. The degustation in Sonberk winery has a special atmosphere with a view of Pálava. On December 6th we are preparing the second part of our degustation serie, this time with the chef of the Brno restaurant Pavillon Ondřej Dulanský. What was the first one?
Ondrej Nosek and his wife Martina from Barrio Gotico Cafe from Kurdějov prepared their multicolored tapas and larger meals.
The evening was made up as a small school of food and wine piring. It began with four kinds of tapas, which were based on a smoked duck breast with onion jam, marinated salmon, roasted peppers with mountain cheese and homemade pate with plum jam and almonds. They were all combinated with our Riesling 2017 VOC and everyone could tell what kind of tapas was best suited to the wine. “It is not a competition and no reaction is bad,” explains Dáša Fialová, our marketing director, who describes the basic rules of pairing. But these rules are not insurmountable. Which also turned out.
Some people voted for salmon and some for peppers.
Everybody nodded that cuvée Sémillon/Sauvignon 2016 was really good for the seafood broth. Third part of the dinner was three kinds of warm tapas. In fact, we were a little afraid of it, because besides shrimp, we offered a distinctive lamb croquet with pea purée and beef tongue with horseradish espuma. Especielly the third one is hard to combine. "Certainly the tongue with horseradish," one of the gentlemen present suprising response to the question of the best combination.
The main course was an example of how the taste influenced the individual ingredients. When the beef was only served with gratinated potatoes, our cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot Gris worked very well with it. But as soon as the wine sauce was added, only our Merlot could be a partner. And it was a royal combination! Even for dessert everyone could choose their favorite wine. In the end the sweet taste of the Riesling 2014 was the best choice to orange-toned variation on créme brulée.
Such a tasting is actually a few hours of discovering how well known tastes can manifest themselves. We organize them in a small group of people. It´s enjoyed by couples or pairs of friends who buy dinner as a reward for their hard working life.
We walked around the vineyard and its grapes all year round to watch them ripen, and now we have finally the first one in liquid form. As usual we send for sale as the first one from current edition the ultra-dry Moravian Muscat, which has only 0.4 grams of residual sugar per liter.
As a result, the characteristics of the variety stand out and the wine lasts far more than the traditionally sold young wines.
“Technologically, this is the easiest wine to create. The juice is simply fermented without any interruption. When the process is over, we can simply watch it," describes our winemaker Olda Drapal, who goes somewhat against the wine mainstream.
Normally, young wines are left with a higher amount of residual sugar. They are often bought by people who otherwise do not look for wine and need a slightly sweeter taste. In addition, sugar will enhance the taste of otherwise dull wine. Sonberk's young Muscat doesn't need it. “It is a variety whose taste is the best when it comes to low sugar. It does not have a very high acid content, so if sugar is left in it, it will act dull,“ Olda explains.
This is one of the reason why Olda does not even think about creating more varienty of young wine. They would not surpass Muscat.
By the way, thanks to last year's great harvest, we have exceptionally the last few bottles of 2018, which is in great shape this year. Who would like to compare them both 2018 and 2019 can be found in our e-shop.
On the first pages of the favourite Czech professional Wine & Degustation magazine you can read the comments and recommendations of leading Czech sommeliers for individual wines. This month, however, the editors made an exception and picked up the entire winery. Sonberk! Ivo Dvořák, Vice President of the Czech Association of Sommeliers of the Czech Republic, highlighted us in the section “Wine, which has attracted me the most recently”, which made us incredibly happy. Why?
“Ivo Dvořák is one of the most respected Czech sommeliers and evaluators for a long time. What he says really matters, and even constructive criticism would actually please us. When I saw the recommendations in the magazine, I held my breath first. As I read it, I realized how successfull is our current portfolio of wines. We take it as a great honor,” says our marketing director Dáša Fialová.
Why did Ivo Dvořák notice our wines? He was one of the evaluators of the project called Guide to the best wines of the Czech Republic, where individual wineries send their collections. He wrote about us: “I would like to pay tribute not to one wine, but to the entire wine set provided by Sonberk. Sauvignon 2018, Riesling VOC 2017, Palava VOC 2017, Chardonnay & Pinot Gris 2016, Riesling Noble Rot 2017, straw wine Palava 2016 and Merlot 2016. All wines were really extraordinary and for me a truly unforgettable experience. Probably the best for me was cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot Gris, which had an incredible finesse and elegance reminiscent of large Burgundy wines.”
Of course we are pleased with such words. It inspired us, among other things, that we are preparing a limited amount of the award-winning collection for sale.
For some time we have been encountering questions about what we can offer for drink at Sonberk, except wine. “The grape must variant is clear, but it was not easy to find the right supplier,” explains Dáša Fialová, our marketing director. This year, however, we finally succeeded. From now you can have 100% fruit juice made from our Sauvignon grapes, which we have in a small variant, when you sit on our terrace, or you can have it in the larger version for taking home.
This Sauvignon juice is really made in the most possible natural way. In short, we gathered the grapes, squeezed the juice and just transported it to pasteurization and bottling. You can buy the result from our e-shop and we want to extend it to wine shops where they offer our wines. The first bottles are in the wine shop U Someliera in Valtice, or the Borgo shop in Brno.
The launch of juice from Sauvignon does not mean that we are no longer selling our apple-apricot juice from Hostětín. It´s made from apricots from our orchard and we are proud of it. “We try to make the environment around the vineyard diverse. We have apricots, almonds, lavender, or meadows between lines in vineyard, so it makes sense to consume the fruits,” Dáša explains. By the way, another nonwine product should follow soon. This year is the year when we will produce grape brandy from the Pálava grapes called Pálavice.
Almost on the same day as last year, this year's harvest of grapes ended at Sonberk. And so far, they seem to be in the best condition to turn them into excellent wine. Although at the beginning we were a little scared of rain, the weather was nice to our vineyard manager Roman Slouk and his co-workers. "By the end of the harvest I always prepare for people in the vineyard mulled wine to get warm in the morning, but this year we didn´t need it," Roman commented.
Under his leadership, this year a slightly smaller amount of grapes was harvested than last year, so 2019 is one of the average in this perspective. Berries, however, have an optimal amount of acids and above average sugar content. "This also applies to the Riesling, which had up to 24 degrees of sugar content, so it looks like a Riesling year," said Roman, who had to cope only with the fact that different grape varieties ripened at the same time, so he had a lot of work suddenly.
However, his work in the vineyard is not finished this year. In a few weeks we will start planting part of the new vineyard. And before that, our first wine of the 2019 vintage is going to be on the market. You can even now look forward to our typical dry Moravian Muscat.
It´s a month since we were the only representative of Moravian and Czech wine business to participate in the launch of a guide to the world's most interesting wineries called Wine Explorers, written by French wine lover Jean-Baptiste Ancelot. We were given the opportunity to show one of our unconventional wines, which had a great response in Paris. No wonder: Our winemaker Olda Drápal creates cuvée Sémillon / Sauvignon in the French Bordeaux style. And it's not a coincidence.
Sonberk was founded in 2003 and, of course, one of the first questions to address which varieties would be planted in a vineyard. “We were left with tiny piece of vineyard, so we decided to try the unconventional Sémillon. Originally there was an intention of making naturally sweet wines from it, because the variety is susceptible to botrytis, which increases the sugar content of grapes,” explains Olda.
But nature had ruined the original plan. Botrytis hardly ever appears at Sémillon so Olda came up with a new plan: to mix Sémillon according to a foreign model with Sauvignon. “In the Czech Republic, Sémillon grew a lot, for example, in the Znojmo region before World War II, but now we can see little. But abroad, for example in Australia, its combination with Sauvignon is frequent and popular,” adds the winemaker.
In the bottles of cuvée Sémillon / Sauvignon there are 70 percent of the first and 30 percent of the second variety, both are prepared in the barrel. Sémillon is first fermented in stainless steel tanks and then moved to wooden barrels where Chardonnay has matured before, so the effect of inner firing of the barrel is no longer so powerful. Sauvignon matures in larger wooden barrels. As a result you can drink an elegant wine with a delicate aroma that has a taste of cream and is ideal to eating. You can order it for the autumn cuisine at our e-shop.
We still hear it from time to time and we still don't like it. In Moravia, they don´t know, how to create red wine, some people sometimes say. Important evidence that this is not true was the result of the third round of the Prague Wine Trophy competetion. Our Merlot 2015 absolutely reigned in this variety and got the title Prague Wine Champion. With 92 points, this wine has left behind dozens of competitors from France, Italy or overseas countries.
The Prague competition is specific because wines are evaluated by category. And because it has the largest percentage of foreign participants, which provides good comparison to Moravian and Czech producers. “This result is an important information to us in the sense that our Merlot still maintains really high quality. In the past it has won the title of regional champion several times in this competetion and last year won another Czech international competetion Oenoforum as well,” reminded our marketing director Dáša Fialová. So this fresh award is no coincidence.
Creating Merlot is not a simple task. We can offer just a few thousands of bottles. And for example in years 2013 and 2014, we preferred to do rosé because of bad weather and rain. "But we remember its taste and quality so far," Dáša pointed out.
Unfortunately the fresh Prague Wine Champion is sold out and so is his junger brother, we mean Merlot 2016 (we have just Magnum bottles). However, we are slowly counting down the days until the launch of the 2017 edition. It should appear on the market in the pre-Christmas period, so follow carefully our Facebook page and e-shop.
You have already read about our great pleasure from the second place in this year's Winemaker of the Year competition, but we have also been warmed up by other information related to this. The organizer did not publish the full score of the best winemakers at the gala evening, all of them learned about this from a distance.
So we also received information about how our cuvée Chardonnay&Pinot Gris literally rolled all opponents. On the hundred-point scale, the international jury of sommeliers awarded it with 94.5 points, which is really rare. Cuvée was the best wine among 40 participants in the final round. The second best was the Cépage Sauvignon wine from Nové vinařství with 91.88 points.
In this competition five wines represent each wine compay and these wines should be the best or most interesting products that they currently sell. So it´s definitely worth buying the whole collection.
In addition, we received very nice review on the cuvée on Facebook profile owned by the Ostrava family wine shop Viiino owner Martin Lička. The owner of the event pointed out that our cuvée received the gold medal in the basic round of the competition and 90.67 points, which is a great rating in itself. “Points from the final round were for me even more interesting, because wines were evaluated by the tasters with the title Master of Wine and this cuvée got the highest ranking of this year. There are no points like points, considering the fact that these people regularly evaluate or taste world-class wines, I see them in a completely different light,” is written on the profile and we´re thankful. “The wine is really extraordinarily elegant, and if you like the big white Burgundy, you will not regret your money for this Moravian Burgundy,” Lička advises.
Showing Moravian and Czech wines are worth attention. This is exactly aim of the delegation of the Sommelier magazine went to Daejeon, South Korea, with the support of the Wine Fund, a few weeks ago. There was a big competition associated with the conference and trade fair called Asia Wine Trophy. But the Czech Republic was represented not only by people, but mainly by 146 wines. Among them are two of the winery Sonberk, namely Riesling Noble Rot 2017 and sweet Pálava 2016.
Koreans love sweet wines above all, so our winemaker Olda Drapal sent them the sweetest products we can offer. And now we know it was good idea. Both wines won gold medal.
"The whole event ended with a historical success of Czech wine, a remarkable interest in organic wine and a significant promise of business contacts," the organizers of the Czech delegation stated in a press release.
They also made a statement that Czech presentation at the event was the most popular. One of the reason was presence of the Czech student of Korean language who posed there in the traditional Moravian clothing and most of the visitors of Czech stand wanted to take picture with her. And what about business contacts? It shows up in the coming few months.
It is a few years since a caravan with French wine lover Jean-Baptist Ancelot appeared at Sonberk. He moved all over the world from one interesting winery to another, because he wanted to get a really good picture of where people create best wines and how does it look like. After eleven years of thinking, riding and writing, the result of his work will be presented today: In Paris, just a few steps from the Arc de Triomphe, the official launch of the book entitled Wine Explorers takes place. But what is a huge surprise and joy for us is the fact that Ancelot chose the Sonberian view of Pálava on the cover of his book!
“We had ten beautiful pictures of vineyard for the launch and yours was the one choose by a jury three people – me, my wife and my publisher. But in general I have to say that South Moravia has tremendous potential,” gave Ancelot an opinion, which of course amazed us. “We, of course, always think that we are the most beautiful in our country. But when you hear it from a person who has traveled the entire world, it really warms up,” pointed out our marketing director Dáša Fialová.
Ancelot spent a total of 1500 days traveling, visiting about 500 wineries in 88 countries and tasting five thousand wines. In his book Czech Republic was given one separate chapter. “But we will be the only ones to pour our wine on the spot. Jean-Baptiste chose just 15 wines from 15 countries, so that no country was represented twice and that guests could taste all in the evening. So our cuvée Sémillon / Sauvignon 2016 will represent the whole Czech Republic,” said Dáša, who will be in Paris personally. You can look at the impressions on our social networks.
Maybe you can se a big personality of world wine business because Jean Moueix, the owner of the iconic French winery Pétrus will be there as goodfather of the book. English translation of the book should be released sometime in the first half of 2020. We will let you know about it in time ☺
We are just harvesting 2019 grapes and we'll continue few more days. But all this hard work also needs to be celebrated. Therefore, on Friday, September 20, we organize a harvest festival with concert of Kanci paní nadlesní band. If you are a big fan of our wines you can try the work of winemakers. It´s for the first time you can have this kind of opportunity in our winery.
Owners of special tickets worth 490 crowns, which you can buy on the website smsticket.cz, can from 4 PM cut the grapes with their own hands and then have them recreate in fresh juice. From 5 PM you can taste new wine, which we usually start selling sometime in winter.
If your are interested just in concert it´s an option too. It starts at 7 PM and you can buy ticket just for this event. Just have a look at smsticket.cz.
It is difficult to grow wine. First, the winemakers are afraid of freezing, then having enough water, and then not too much. And what about the sun? It´s important as well. And then it finally comes. We can collect what has matured. This day has come yesterday in Sonberk. The harvest begun traditionally with Moravian Muscat. “This is the variety that matures first in our winery and always gives us the hardest time. Just every year for a different reason, ” says our winegrower Roman Slouk smiling.
Muscat takes just tiny part of our vineyard. Its grapes we use for producing our first and almost completely dry wine of every year. This year´s grapes have very good content of sugar but that has one bad side. They are very tasty for various types of insects so we have sort berries very carefully to prevent the ones with the poor quality to get into the final mix. That´s why we need this year more workers in the vineyard and they need more time for processing grapes.
What is better news is that level of acidity in grapes – it is higher than last year. Thanks to colder wheather we need no dry ice for for processing and in general creating wine from these grapes should be easier then last year.
Only a few days left until the beginning of this year's harvest, which means that it is necessary to finish work in our wine cellar. That means creation of our “Grand Cru” Riesling VOC. Although the wine is marked on the bottle as a single-grape wine made exclusively from one type of grape, in fact its combination of various grapes of Riesling. Experts name this process oenological blend.
"At Sonberk Riesling is our main variety, one third of our vineyards is Riesling. It grows in different parts of our vineyard, so we harvest the grapes separate from each other and the juice made from them as well. Last year, for example, we had twelve tanks of different Riesling," explains our winemaker Olda Drápal. You can see that creation of our most important wine, Riesling VOC, is a great alchemy.
This wine is created by combining the content of several tanks and it is mainly on Olda, how many of them will be used and how the result will taste. “From the year 2018 I prepared ten samples. We tasted about four of them and finally we choose the final one, which we had bottled a few days ago,” says Olda, who did the final selection in cooperation with our sommelier David Pavlíček and Dáša Fialová, head of the business and marketing.
The final Riesling VOC should have a constant taste profile and about four grams of residual sugar per liter. But tricky is that you should drink it at least three years after botling so the first taste in winery is definitely not the final one.
Moreover, it doesn´t work like in the kitchen. You can not just simply calculate the content of the bottle. "No, it certainly doesn't work by having the tanks analyzed and then somehow added up to the results of the analysis," laughs Olda, who has to rely on his own experience and art. Riesling VOC 2018 finally consists of four parts of the Riesling harvest. But VOC is not yet ready to drink, we have to wait for it. Meanwhile, you can have his younger brother, the award-winning 2017 edition.
The last holiday weekend is usually not one of the dates you are looking forward to most, so this year we did a lot in Sonberk to make sure you really look forward to it.
On Friday, August 30, Czech rock legend with a voice that cannot be mistaken, Kamil Střihavka, will play in the winery as a part of the Sonberk Cultural Summer. He will be accompanied by The Leaders Acoustic Band on stage next to the vineyard. If you do not have them yet, you can buy tickets through smsticket.cz, or directly at the venue for 350 crowns.
We cannot imagine bigger events at Sonberk without good food. This time, in addition to Brno's Kafe a kobliha, we gonna have Anne's foodtruck for the first time. They will offer Canadian specialty poutine, homemade fries with various side dishes or the Mexican quesadillas.
On Saturday we will be open as usual from 10 am to 6 pm, so you can take break here during your trip and take glass of wine or something small to eat.
On Sunday we also open at 10, but with food it´s gonna be huge. We are preparing our second brunch and the food will be the responsibility of the people from the famous foodtruck Būcheck. You can taste their pulled pork and drink coffee and limonades and eat donuts from Kafe a kobliha. As for the first time, we perceive brunch as a picnic right next to the vineyard, so do not be afraid to bring blankets and children or dogs.
When we got the news that we are in the final of Winemaker of the Year competetion, we were all a little surprised. This is a competition where we haven't done much so far. But it had one advantage, we didn't have that much expectation. But the more we are happy about the result. In yesterday's final, which was ceremonially announced in Prague's Žofín Palace, we took second place, just behind the winning Mikrosvín Mikulov and before the third Chateau Winery Bzenec.
The judges of the Winemaker of the Year competition evaluate the quality of the five wines collection, nothing else. The jury consists of important Czech sommeliers and foreign holders of the title Master of Wine, which is the highest international title for wine connoisseurs.
“Just the cast of the jury and the fact who is among us winners says a lot. Personally, I am very happy about the points each wine has received. According to backstage information, we gained over 95 points for the Pálava 2016 Straw wine,” said our winemaker Olda Drápal after the finals.
The king is dead, long live the king. Even so, we could describe what we are now experiencing in Sonberk storage rooms. Slowly but surely the popular Riesling 2015 VOC, which among other awards, for example, this year's Wine Salon. "We have last few Deboxes and some reservations, so there is something up for grabs, but really the last few," says our marketing director Dáša Fialová. Those who would like to take some bottles for themselves, advises to go to Valtice, where in the cellars of the local castle in the exhibition of the 101 best Czech and Moravian wines, this Riesling is still for sale.
Wines with a residual sugar of 3.9 and acids of 8.1 grams per liter Olda Drápal created nearly 36,000 bottles and perhaps musician Rudy Linka wrote about it as "his bottle of summer". It was also highly appreciated by the judges at the competitions - he was awarded the gold medal at the Concours des Grands Vins Blancs du Monde in Strasbourg and last year became the best Czech wine of this variety according to the Prague Wine Trophy.
With his 2017 successor, it seems that his life should be similarly successful. Already this year at Decanter, the most famous wine competition, Riesling 2017 VOC got a silver medal and 90 points in the ranking. And at the Prague Wine Trophy, he was awarded the Prague Premium Gold.
The year 2017 has the same amount of acid compared to the older sister, but a little more sugar - 4.6 grams per liter. Maybe our importers from London Ellis Wines believe him so much that they have already pre-ordered it for autumn delivery. "They have been taking Riesling for several years now, seeing a clear handwriting and tasting it, so they are counting on this year as well," Dasa described. You can also follow them, perhaps in our e-shop.
Final collections will be judged by international juries, the results will be known on the 21st of August.
Wish us luck :)
September 1st we will start at 10 AM and this time you will enjoy goodies from the legendary food truck Būcheck. For those who do not know it, slovakian couple Peter and Zuzana make excellent pulled pork, grilled cheese or roast beef in a bun. In addition, they make their own mayonnaise or hot sauces and all this is complemented by chips fried on lard, for which they choose the right potatoes. No, it really won't be a diet. But we already know you'll enjoy it. Also because Kafe&Kobliha will arrive again, so donuts, coffee and lemonade will be served as a dessert or combined.
Simple rules also apply to the second brunch. No need to buy a ticket, just come with a blanket so you can then sit anywhere around the vineyard. Wine will be served at two locations.
Are you interested? So here are the details. Two categories of tickets will be sold for the last concert of our small festival. The usual concerts are available for 190 crowns and then you can buy those for 490 crowns, so you can make a nice afternoon at Sonberk.
From 4 pm we will go to the vineyard, where you can cut your grape and have it pressed directly. From 17 o'clock the free wine tasting will start at three tables. And in the evening you can sing and dance with Kanci paní nadlesní. :)
Last year, everyone at Sonberk experienced quite a lot of stress. Nature went a little crazy and moved everything forward, so the harvest of Moravian Muscat (a variety that normally ripens first) moved three weeks ahead. This year we know that nothing like this awaits us. “Unlike last year, we are experiencing a completely normal year. Actually, we can't even talk about ripening, nature is somewhere else, and we will only start the harvest in September, ”estimates our vineyard manager Roman Slouk, who has already talked to journalists of the Czech Press Agency this year.
Anyone tends to take the current year as late, but nothing like that. It's just exactly what it should be. “The cold May, to which everyone in everyday life cursed, is responsible for that. However, for the vineyards it was very beneficial, ”adds Roman.
At first glance at the vine bushes it seems that the grape is slightly less than last year, but they should be larger. In addition, green work is slowly coming to an end in the vineyard, that is, cutting off excess parts of the bushes, and grape pickers are beginning to organize. In the year 2018, all winemakers in Moravia and indeed throughout Europe struggled with the lack of acids in berries. But we still have to wait for how this will happen to them this year.
What the weather records is our vintage, respectively farewell to summer. We have it scheduled for September 20, when the Boars of the Woods will play with us, and it seems that we will hit the evening exactly when it will be harvested. For all visitors this means that they will be able to enjoy a bit with us. Details will be released in a few days.
Forbes magazine recommended five Moravian wineries, which you must not miss on your next trip to Moravia. We are very happy to be part of this small selection.
We do not have to mention again, that winemaking is the main task and joy for us. But besides that, we do a few other things on Sonberk that can also please you. For example, apricots can be useful for moments of life for which the strength of wine is not enough. For many years, Sonberk has been making brandy every two years. Although not everybody knows, because it is not visible at first glance, part of the estate is an apricot orchard.
“It was here from the beginning of forming Sonberk. From the beginning it was expected that fruit from the orchard will be used, ”recalls our wine-grower Roman Slouk, who was present at everything. “One of the first plans for the winery even counted on the fact that the building of the winery will be located near the orchard, but it turned out differently,” adds Roman.
Apricots from the orchard are also used to make jam, but spirit is a little more important. In recent years it has been around 500 bottles and is produced at the Winemaking High School in Valtice.
Years ago, the volumes produced were still much higher, but the changes occurred after the so-called methanol affair. The new legislation changed the conditions of sale to producers. “At that point, we thought we were a winery, and we should focus on it. Since then, we only sell apricot brandy to end consumers, ”explains Roman.
Our David with Sonberk wines are on the road again! This Friday you can meet for wine tasting in Hustopeče in the Wine Wellness Hotel Amande, on Saturday in Letovice for a beautiful event Wine at the Castle (Víno na zámku), or next week in Slavonice at the Slavonice Festival.
Dear friends of Sonberk winery,
Welcome to the holiday newsletter full of invitations for good wine, live music and great shopping. What's new with us?
We started our Sonberks cultural summer, mixed up a holiday box of wine for a special price (with a long-awaited preview, read below!), Enchanted the French jury just by looking at the straw Pálava, hung up other diplomas and medals (and put on a shirt :-) We had brunch and wine tasting in the Open Garden (Otevřená zahrada, Brno). Mustard plants bloom in between the vineyards, bottling continues in the cellar and we finalize the blending of our Riesling.
If you'd be interested in buying our summer box full of wine, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
July 19th is the day, when we will be Milan Šteindler coming to Sonberk. He is considered to be a distinctive artistic personality in the field of directing, acting and scriptwriting, which is particularly popular in the comedy field. His work is characterized by provocativeness, high creativity and a tendency to recession. With the foundation of the Sklep Theater, he influenced the perception of humor of a whole generation.
He will be accompanied by Martin "Kudla" Kudlička from Brno, songwriter, lyricist, Moravian attaché of the radio BEAT, founding member of the Brno groups Lidopop and Zadáci, author of texts on the album Tulák po hvězdách by the legend of Brno Progres 2, author of several theater performances for children. with Petr Skoumal, author of the City of the River song for B Side Band with Vojta Dyk, co-author of the official anthem FC Zbrojovka Brno, author of texts for the Třebíč group Frenciz, music festival moderator.
Riesling, Palava, Merlot. Especially these varieties are the most common in Sonberk when it comes to successes at domestic and international wine competitions. It does not mean that others do not succeed either. Rather the opposite. When our winemaker Olda Drápal sends some barrique cuvées made of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris varieties, there is a high probability that he will not leave the competition without an award. This theory was just confirmed, this time with the vintage 2016.
A few days ago, this wine dominated its category at the international conference and competition Oenoforum, which is one of the few Czech events organized under the patronage of the International Organization of Wine and Viticulture (OIV). And before that, the same wine received a great gold medal at the What the Young Ones like conference organized by the Young Wine Makers Association. Two different events, two different groups of tasters, but a rare consensus that this wine really did. “It's a nice start. We have only been selling the Cuvée 2016 for a few weeks and we haven't been sending it much yet, so it's good to get caught up to the beginning, ”says Olda, who also sent the same wine to the Wine Salon competition. Incidentally, just the previous vintages 2015 and 2013 made it to the selection of the top 100 best Czech wines last year. And the 2016 edition is going to be the place in the elite selection again in the fall.
In addition to the cuvée, Oenofor's judges were also particularly fond of the straw Pálava, which also won its category. Olda did not appear at the conference until the winners were announced. Unlike last year, he was not among the tasters of the competition. He had to reject the offer because of the great amount of work in the cellar.
Also other Sonberk wines were scored at the What the Young Ones like contest. The gold medal here was Riesling 2017 VOC and Merlot. But these awards will not be seen on the bottles. Young winemakers pride themselves on being a little more original, so the reward for the best winemakers at their conference is T-shirts labeled My Wine Tastes Young.
Who watches our Facebook or Instagram profile, knows this, but still ... Besides the fact that our winegrower Roman is excellent at working with a vineyard and always invents new solutions, he is very interested in photography. Evidence of this is his current success in France: two of his photos were selected by hundreds of images, which can be admired until Sunday by visitors to the exhibition entitled Terroirs d'Images in Marseille, France.
As the name suggests, pictures from the plant life of the grapevine and the life of the winemakers themselves are presented there. Sonberk represents a photo of a must flowing through a sieve while pressing the Pálava straw and a snapshot of drying grapes in sunlight. Interestingly, Roman sent more photos to the contest and these two were not his first choice. "As the competition deadline was approaching, I kept thinking that we had to send it, but of course I only got to it at the last minute. I chose something and my colleague Sandra just addes these two photos, which the jury eventually appreciated, ”says Roman, who received an offer to come and see the exhibition. But because there is a lot of work in the vineyard now, he couldn’t.
It's not his first photographic success. Few years ago, his photo appeared on the front page of the professional magazine Vinařský obzor, and last year he even won the Wine & Degustation magazine photography competition. The organizers rewarded him with a camera that documents everything around the Sonberk vineyard to this day. But they are only plants and animals, but Roman does not like to photograph people.
This Thursday, June 27th, 5:30 pm in Brno on Údolní street in Otevřená zahrada will our winemaker introduce Sonberk wine.
There are plenty of wine competitions in the Czech Republic and abroad, but some of them are more interesting than others, and then those whose results are of interest to everyone in the field. The competition is the London Decanter World Wine Awards. This year, 17,000 wines from all over the world entered it, and the Czech and Moravian ones earned one gold, 13 silver and 39 bronze. Great news is that Sonberk has two silver and two bronze medals. "With this year's medals for domestic wines, the commission seems to have set a higher bar. That we got twice 90 points and thus two silver medals and two more bronzes for 88 points is great news, ”says our cellar master Olda Drápal, who always tries to send the best he has to this competition.
We won two silver medals for Riesling 2017 VOC and Riesling Noble Rot. Two bronzes are for Riesling 2016 VOC and Merlot 2016. And three of our wines got the "commended" label, so some jury praise. Specifically, it was cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot Gris 2016, Pálava 2017 VOC and Tramín 2017. “Unlike other competitions, it is not a rule that a lot of wines will get the name of the commended, as well as the winemakers have to do a lot,” explains Olda. the jurors noticed the cuvée of Chardonnay and Pinot. His previous years have already received a number of awards. This is the first for the 2016 edition and more can be expected.
280 samples from all over the world rated entries and the results will be published in a magazine that is distributed to 100 countries around the world.
Thanks to sowing of special mixture of plants We use it as a green fertilizer because we are preparing ground for new vineyard.
It's always a bit of a lottery bet. Grapes will grow promisingly in the spring, but nothing will promises it will go on smoothly. One of the critical periods in which much can go wrong is the May "Ice Men", a period in mid-May, when ground frosts often attack. They arrived this year as well, but they left only minimal damage according to our winegrower Roman Slouk.
“At Sonberk we have the advantage of a vineyard that stretches up the slope. In the 15 years that Sonberk has existed, we had a problem with frosts only twice. They always came from Nové Mlýny and once they stopped in front of the winery building and the second time right behind it, ”Roman recalls.
This year he saw the effects of low morning temperatures on only a few heads of vine in the lowest part of the vineyard, so no reason to panic. Elsewhere it was more complicated - when someone has a vineyard in some deepening, the frosts are not supposed to defend themselves. "Sometimes somebody tries to ignite fires or blow out cold air with a big propeller, but it doesn't make much sense, especially if you need to treat large areas. The costs are then disproportionately large, ”says Roman. And it adds another point of interest. It cannot be said that individual varieties were less resistant to frost than others. When one is more frosty than another, it is mainly at what stage of development the variety was.
Of course, apart from the Roman thermometer, of course, he is also monitoring the rainfall indicators, and they have been giving quite positive information for the last weeks. Spring started with the fact that there was hardly any water in the country. Now, in the lowermost part of the roots, it is not always there, but at least below the surface is enough for the vine to develop well. Roman's statistics drawn from the archive last week give a nice comparison. While in 2012, 62 millimeters of rainfall had fallen by now, a year later it was even 246 millimeters. This year it was 170 millimeters, so it looks like an average and a good year.
Maybe you know it with cheese. When you first hear that one is with a noble mold, it might scare you. But then, when you taste the cheese, you’ll find that this form of processing gives it a unique taste. Similarly, it is with our Riesling Noble rot, where the mold is called botrytis. It is made from grapes disturbed by the noble form of Botrytis cinerea. “All our Rieslings are dry, up to five grams of residual sugar. But this is semi-dry because it works differently, ”explains our winemaker Olda Drápal, for whom working with such a wine in the cellar is an interesting technological challenge.
Riesling Noble rot is only for the third time, because the creation of such a wine requires special conditions and access. The basic ingredient of a recipe for such wine is the weather. "In the literature, it is said that the need for fog overnight and during the day is windy and warm to allow water to evaporate from underneath the disturbed shell," says Olda.
Normally over a year winemakers are fighting with mold. They do not want it because it would destroy the crop. However, when they appear when the grapes are about 22 degrees of sugar content and mature, as they break the skin and water evaporates, it causes the individual berries to shrink and concentrate everything else in them.
At harvest, botrytis grapes are harvested separately and left on the bushes a little longer to mature evenly. "Berries then taste like quince jam or dried fruit," says Olda, who does not have to separate the individual batches in the cellar. It is enough to add just a little bit more sulfur to the botrytis Riesling, which is a little bit in its case, because it normally keeps it the way it is suppose to be.
The result of all this work is a wine that retains the taste of dried fruits, crosses and figs. Botrytic wine is also interesting for challenged wine drinkers because it changes the varietal character. If they have any general idea of the Riesling taste, they suddenly drink something completely different from the glass. "It is a challenge for us, because we can do everything in a technological way, but noble mold and wine cannot be bound by it," recalls Olda, who recently sent Riesling Noble rot 2017 after the 2005 and 2013 years. you can find it here.
The results of Mondial du Merlot & Assemblages 2019, a prestigious international competition specializing in this variety, we won the 2016 Gold Medal and 89 points in the evaluation. The success is all the greater as we have measured against all possible competitors from countries that specialize more in red, such as France, Germany or Spain.
In addition, we were the only Czech representatives in Zurich who got the medal, which is not just that. “As the whole Czech wine scene becomes professional, more and more domestic bottles are heading for competitions, which can gain attention. But this time we were the only ones, ”says our sales and marketing director, Dáša Fialová.
When Merlot is doing well in international competition, it would make sense for the evaluators to notice it at home, which is also happening! Just in the last few weeks, the Sonberks Merlot 2015 has won the Grandtest in Wine & Degustation, and its one-year-old follower, 2016, finished second behind him.
The same wine dominated the evaluation of Wine and Style magazine (Víno a styl) and you can find it on our eshop.
We have already hosted a lot of events and guests at Sonberk, but something like this hasn’t happened yet. We have never done anything like a picnic, although it is quite a feature given the location of the winery. And so, when we were thinking in one meeting that the holidays were in sight, but still far away, and one would need to make the waiting more pleasant, we made it up: it will be a brunch.
On Sunday, June 23, the Eggo food truck parks directly at the winery in Brno, from which we can serve all sorts of variations of eggs and bacon that can be taken into hand. And because eggs pair well with coffee and donuts, Brno’s Kafe & Kobliha will come as well.
Everyone will be able to pack all the food and drink, take a bottle of one of the Sonberk wines and sit with them all on the blanket anywhere in the vineyard. We will start at about 10 am, but we will make everything clearer as the date approaches so watch our Facebook profile.
The Sklep Theater, Smoke movie or an unforgettable German lesson from the satirical Česká soda show. All this is related to David Vávra. Today, he is perceived mainly as an architect, but in the past he has been involved in film and television projects, from which people still quote. How did satirical programs create with humor so harsh that anyone today just dares? How does he remember the wild post-revolution years? And what does David Vávra think of today's film and television work? All this will be discussed. We can still consider the possibility of special German lessons. :)
Our dry Pálava 2017 VOC also tastes abroad! She won the prestigious Concours des Grands Vins Blancs du Monde in Strasbourg and won a gold medal. If you haven't tasted it yet, come to Sonberk and have some or you can find it on our eshop.
We are proud to announce that the the architect and most importantly the popularizer of architecture, Adam Gebrian, visited Sonberk and with his team filmed 10 minute documentary.
In his special show, he travels around interesting buildings all over the country and explains to the audience why they should pay attention to them.
You can see his view on the TV website.
Unfortunately this short film is only in Czech, but you can still watch it and see different parts of Sonberk, that are not usually accessible for people.
This Thursday you can look forward to a tasting of Sonberk wines in the Vinařů Hustopečska wine shop in Hustopeče. It will be led by our Dáša and will not miss fresh Muscat, dry Pálava, or mature Riesling 2015 VOC. We start at 6 pm, the ticket is 200 CZK and if you want to take the bottle with you, you get it with a discount. ;)
Please report your participation to email@example.com or by phone to +420 602 699 315
Everybody who has ever seen us knows that Riesling is one of the most important Sonberk varieties. Currently we are sending to sales the Grand Cru 2017. You can find it in our e-shop and elsewhere under different names. Why is it like this? Because each of the wines is something specific and will be interested in a slightly different wine lover.
Riesling 2017 VOC and Riesling Noble Rot 2017 are now emerging in the Grand Sonberk series, where we have included wines that have been allowed to mature on the bottle for a longer time, and are now being archived. Yes, they have traditional German Riesling instead of Czech name, which has its reason. “We decided for German labeling sometime in 2013. We realized that this wine is often presented to people from abroad or abroad, where we send it to competitions. It is there that the traditional name is far more understandable and moreover it is unambiguous, it cannot be confused with Riesling, ”explains our cellar master Olda Drápal.
In the case of the former wine, the abbreviation "VOC" is used. Since the beginning of this group, Sonberk has been a member of the VOC Mikulov association, which strives to apply the strictest production criteria to wines and to select varieties that are typical for the area. One of them is Riesling, and therefore ours can bear the VOC designation.
The latter named Riesling Noble Rot is a specialty. "It originated from grapes partially infested with the noble Botrytis cinerea from a split harvest, causing it to have a much higher residual sugar content than Riesling's VOC, which is dry," points out Olda's differences. Moreover, the wine labeled Noble rot cannot be produced every year, we only had conditions for it for the second time since 2013 at Sonberk.
While both previous wines belong to the Big Sonberk line, the Czech name Ryzlink Rýnský falls into the so-called Silver Line. Unlike the previous ones, it is not supposed to be archived. It is a fruity style designed for quick drinking within three years of its creation and the more it can taste in combination with lunch or light dinner.
It's been a couple of months since we got an offer to join a research project on the use of drones in viticulture at Sonberk. A few weeks ago we got the first outputs of this project.
“So far, it is certainly not a big trend, but rather are looking for the possibilities to use such machines. Small aircraft can be equipped with different filters and cameras that capture different parameters, so we can find out how much water is in the soil, but also the disease or how the vineyard is beneficial, ”explains Roman Slouk, sonber vineyard, why he nodded a few months ago. No special preparations were needed for this, the drone only needs to be calm to fly. He'll do his job in a few minutes.
From the data Roman now has on his computer, along with everything he watches over the long term, he reads a lot of interesting information. On the maps that arrived at Sonberk, the bands of the vineyard threatened by drought are precisely visible, and where there is enough water. They also reveal such details, where water flows out of the tank near the winery building, where water flows after rains or how the individual bows of the meadows thrive.
“It's definitely an interesting thing to use. Thanks to this data, we have confirmed that we have decided to slash some of the meadow belts in the vineyard, so the soil is not so hot, ”says Roman, who is generally fond of experimenting and trying new ways to care for vines. That's why he got the offer to test the new technology.
Even though it looks like a summer outside, the real thing is about to come, and with it the Sonberks cultural summer, a series of six evenings to play and sing and talk about interesting things next to the vineyard. Our special summer program starts on July 5th and you can buy tickets for the summer. How does it work?
All tickets are available at various price levels through smsticket.cz
We look forward to seeing you from Thursday to Monday at 10:00 - 18:00.
On Saturday and Sunday at 15:00 guided tour of vineyards and technology.
Family Sunday, come and explore our vineyard - for children we hide eggs, for adult bottles!
There will be a small snack - sourdough bread, pate from Barrio Gotico Café, duck rilletes from Matyho Chálka, cheese, olives and lots of wine of course ...
And on Sunday you can look forward to Brno's Kafe and Kobliha ;)
See more here.
Although the weather is only outside for a few days in the spring, a lot has been done on the Sonberk vineyard in recent weeks. And one thing will be noticed by anyone who rests on a wooden armrest on our terrace overlooking the Pálava: The individual rows of the vineyard are alternately brown clay and green grassy. Why is it like this? Our wine-maker Roman Slouk is one of the first in the Czech Republic to try a fint, which will provide a little more water in the current dry climate.
The spaces between the rows of planted vines could theoretically remain empty, but Roman sowed a meadow mixture there to increase biodiversity. But when last year's water shortage began to fight, the vines were suddenly very competitive, and Roman attempted. "With the help of a special machine, every second meadow belt was undercut so that the soil was covered and not so warm, but the grass did not take too much water," explains Roman, who did this year last year in the vineyard. That's why the stripes - part of the vineyard is now green, these are stripes, which sometimes subcut in May, and some of them are brown earthen, they are freshly planted and gradually the new grassland grows out of them.
What is also beginning to awaken to life is vine itself. In the winter we cut it exactly as planned and a few days ago, the binding was finished. At the beginning of spring, however, it is clear that we did not improve the water over the winter. So this year we may not be able to see one vine phenophase, the so-called lacrimation, in which drops of water appear at the ends of the cropped twigs.
It has been a tradition and a well-established regime for several years: At the beginning of November, we bottle Moravian Muscat, the only young Sonberk wine, and then the Sauvignon - a wine from the Silver Sonberk line, which is so popular that last year sold out in about six months. Why does it go to bottles so soon and what is so attractive?
"It is a wine made with primary aroma, so it is better if it is in the bottle as soon as possible. Sauvignon is an aromatic variety, similar to Moravian Muscat or Traminer, and it is a light and a very drinkable wine, ”explains our cellar master Olda Drápal.
We must watch the Sauvignon so it keeps it’s aromatics. Last summer it was all the harder, because it was very warm. Sauvignon harvested among the first varieties and sooner than usual. But to keep the scent fresh, it wants cold. With the help of dry ice, the already collected grapes were cooled, then the mash (the mass of ground berries) was pressed in an atmosphere of nitrogen.
"It's because they are the first component of the must to oxidize is the aroma, but when they oxidize, we're not returning it. That is why it is done without the access of oxygen, ”Olda explains almost to laboratory work.
After bottling Sauvignon 2018, Olda will be dedicated to other wines and their own production. A few of the other varieties will be bottled in April, but the main wines of the Grand Cru Sonberk range will be going to bottles in May. No exact schedule, however, the cellar master. It's all just that everything has to be in the glass in the vintage to make room for the next year in the tanks.
Just a few days left until a unique tasting happens at Sonberk. On Saturday, March 30th, samples from the Sonberks archive will be tasted starting at 5 pm. It adds to the fact that it will be led by our cellar master Olda Drápal.
Register at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tasting costs 490 CZK.
The last few days remain until the day when we officially open the season 2019 at Sonberk. It will happen on Saturday and Sunday 30th and 31st of March, and because of all the joy of winning in the middle category Winery of the Year, we wanted this year have the opening season really special. So we set up an exceptional program.
On Saturday, March 30, our cellar master Olda will take the keys to the archive and pull out eleven bottles that can no longer be bought. And he will be tasting individual samples from 17:00 onwards, so few people will be able to evaluate with Olda what the Sonberian wines are after several years of ripening.
We are launching tickets for tasting of archival samples right now, you can reserve your seats by e-mail email@example.com or by phone 777 630 434. We count with 15 seats and the price for tasting will be 490 crowns. We will only ask to pay in advance so that someone does not say anything about the place, but then it may be left empty, and no one else could get to it.
What exactly will we drink? We will gradually declassify it on our Facebook profile. But we can promise to fly through the years 2003 to 2014, classic quiet wines, some naturally sweet and one red.
Our Facebook pays off even if you are not planning a tasting. Because of the opening of the season, we will be selling a few bottles from each of the selected years.
But we will open even more. The opening of the season traditionally includes the introduction of new wines, so we will show a series of Big Sonberk in 2017 as well as the new Sauvignon 2018. And to make matters worse, wizards with coffee and donuts will also come to the weekend - Brno's Coffee and Donut. We will enjoy the whole Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Seeing the weather, it's almost clear, so we can say, spring is coming, so we are opening Sonberk! In the winter months, we have closed the winery during weekends, but from March 23, we will have the door open again for all tourists right in the winery.
For the sake of clarity, on Saturday and Sunday, March 23rd and 24th, this year's pre-premiere, we decided to join the almond tree festival that took place on the same day in Hustopeče. For all those who will be around, we will have, besides standard sonberk wines, a great deal of goodies to celebrate. You will be able to taste almonds, the more famous bread from Chleb Brno and the paté from our friends from Barrio Gotico from Kurdějov.
The official start of the spring season is scheduled for the last weekend in March, which we decided to do extraordinary. That's why we'll open the cellars and safes a bit, and we're going to taste the wine from our archive. Our winemaker Old Drápal himself will choose a few bottles, which should now be in the best condition thanks to the several-year stay.
Outside, the spring is knocking on the door and that’s the moment, when everyone starts to look forward to summer, holiday and many great summer evenings and pleasant events. We think immodestly that one of them is our own Sonberk summer festival.
In his preparations, we have once again tried to select artists for each age and genre, so judge yourself how we did it. We start on Friday, July 5, when our famous siblings Hana and Petr Ulrych and Javory Beat will visit us. "We are delighted that this year , when the siblings celebrate an important anniversary with them, "says our marketing director, Dáša Fialová.
Two weeks after their visit, July 19,Ondřej Trojan and his spouse will come to us once again, who, after last year's successful performance of Toman, will come to the talk about the Czech film industry. Martin "Kudla" Kudlička, from Radio Beat, and the founding member of the Lidopop and Zadac groups in Brno, will play in addition.
Summer festival will continue on Friday, August 2, with guest Jarda Dušek, who is coming to Sonberk for the third time. As in the previous visits, we can also look forward to the interesting stories and charm of the performance of his exceptional personality this year. The musical accompaniment will be provided by Dáša Ubrová with her trio, which also provides for Sonberk this year's, the fourth year of the summer program.
On Friday, August 16, an alternative to the Jananas band will be made to change by the choice of our winemaker Oldřich Drápal.
If Jananas are more easy going, then on August 30th, we will welcome Sonberk to the owner of one of the most famous Czech voices of Kamil Střihavka together with The Leaders acoustic band and we will enjoy their concert in acoustic presentation.
Then we will give you three weeks of pause and then we will say goodbye on Friday 20th September with dancing and singing along with Kanci paní Nadlesní.
A great wine event was held in Sedlec near Mikulov on Friday. The 15th edition of the Czech Republic Championship was held there, and Sonberk left a significant footprint on it. Our winemaker, Roman Slouk, is a double winner of the championship, which lets him to become its juror, and he has been doing it for years.
"It is a very nice event, where everybody working in vinyards meets once a year, and also for us the opportunity for promotion. It is also a growing interest in the championship, "explains Roman, who oversaw colleagues for nearly 80 contestants in an elite adult category. Even more contesting organizers do not want, they are already said to be on the edge of capacity.
The championship has only one discipline and that's the cut itself. It looks almost like every competitor gets his 25 vines, the shrubs that he has to cut at the right time. "This year they were given a limit of 15 minutes because the heads in Sedlec were well irrigated, so strong and vital. Even so, it was not enough for some, "he says. By the way, Tomáš Petržela from the Kovacs Novosedly Winery was best left with the unknown terrain and shrubs. There are also women in this category, among whom Simona Mančíková reigned this year. Congratulations to both.
The jurors are rigorous to the contestant. It evaluates the overall bush architecture and how clean cuts have left behind. "Competitors are not even easy to know in the fact that they never know who the shrub cut a year in front of them, so they can always come to some bad work. But no one worries, it has a very friendly atmosphere, "says Roman.
The prize is waiting for the winner. Instead the medal has the right to brag with golden scissors. Roman himself has two of them - one from his previous job in 2001 and the other from 2012 from Sonberk. The winner has the right to hold the championship next year at home. Sonberk has been held twice, which does not fit. That's because it was once thanks to Romanov's victory, and for the second time we took the championship of the Czech Republic, because the winner of that time has forgotten it.
At first glance, it looks like there's nothing to do in a winery during winter, but we're doing one of the most interesting things at Sonberk, straw Pálava. The grapes that we have dried for five months on the wooden screen beds under the wavy roof have been sent to the press and now, our cellar master Oldřich Drápal ml., will be working on it for several months. The pressing part is a bit easier than with grapes for classic wine. "These grapes are not separated from stems, they are being pressed whole. It does not matter, because as the stem dries, no undesirable substances are released from it, "explains Olda.
Straw wine is a very special for him, he made his first in 1994, at the age of 17. "At that time it was mainly an interesting thing, I got to do this during the student's professional activity at the Valtice Wine making high school," laughs Olda.
Sonberk has been doing straw wine since the beginning of its history, so since 2003, but earlier it was from Traminer. When this vineyard was old, and we needed to replace it, its successor was sought and the election fell on Pálava as a typical Moravian variety, which was the intention. "Moreover, straw wine is very good from Pálava because it has a stiff skin, so the grapes will not break as they dry," explains Olda.
Straw wine requires a lot of care. Only a lot of attention is paid to what is placed on the sieve because a couple of defective grapes could cause the entire batch to ruin during the months of drying. This was not the case this year, only a few grapes were thrown out of the original 2660 kilograms of grapes.
Now, we have a must, which we will digest for about two days, because a viscous, dense, full of sugar is demanding more time than a typical wine that would take just about 18 hours. The result should be about 400 liters of naturally sweet wine, which we will be blooming sometime around Christmas. And we hope he will be doing well with his customers and competitions just like its predecessors.
If you fancy trying our straw Pálava 2016, click here. Or stop by the winery. :)
It is not so much to get Moravian wine abroad, confirms any of the domestic producers. Still, there are a few companies that are doing well, and we are glad we can say that we are among them. Our marketing director, Dasa Fialová, had this last week tasting sonber wine at the London presentation of wholesaler Ellis Wines.
The company held a large presentation of wine in London last week, which it imports to Britain. The two-day event was attended by about 600 visitors, mainly hoteliers, businessmen and people who knew what they were talking about. "It was also interesting for us because we met wines from around the world. Next to Sonberk, the Australians had a showcase of their rhinestones. It was interesting to watch how differently their wine is produced. Against us, it was a bit different, petroleum, "says Dasa, who has had a hard work in London. The Czech Republic and Moravia are not a place that people would fix as a wine region, so it was primarily her job to explain to visitors that not only Czechs and Moravians can do wine, but they know it very well.
Eventually, visitors to the event were among those who were not Master of Wine, who are around 400 in the world. "They prided mainly on the Riesling 2015, which is now in perfect shape due to the year. And the straw Pálava of 2013, which we no longer have at home for a few years, awoke a great deal of appreciation, but in London the last few bottles are hidden in the store. Visitors compared it to Sauternes, the world's most famous natural sweet wine, which made me very happy, "Dasa admitted.
It's just London-like action that could help us break through the world even more. Thanks to Ellis Wines, we are now sending Pálava and Riesling to the islands, and we are now in demand at Pálava. The help of the importer brought us to several London restaurants, hotels or wine bars.
Yes, the United States is probably not the first country that comes on your mind when it comes to the wine making bussiness. Still, they understand wine and you can find places where they’re producing wine in a very good quality. One of these is the Texas area near Austin. Recently, Texas International Wine Competetion 2019 was held there, with the largest American experts and leading local enologists in the jury. And to our great joy came a great compliment for our still very new Pálava. Palava 2017 VOC was awarded the double gold rating and was one of the top six Czech wines, out of more than 90 samples from the Czech Republic.
"Over the years of Sonberk's existence, Pálava has become our favorite wine, it's next to our Riesling our quality barometer, so we're always a little nervous about putting on the competitions, even though we know it's keeping its quality. Success in Austin means we can relax and lovers of Pálava have a great wine to look forward to, "is our marketing director, Dáša Fialová, delighted.
By the way, the first great opportunity to taste this wine will be on the weekend of March 30 and 31, when we will open the season at Sonberk. The Riesling 2017 VOC and cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot Gris 2016 which will also be available by the glass, which also received positive reactions and gold medals in Texas. We are also thrilled with the fact that they succeeded in building on the excellent results of their previous years.
Dear friends of Sonberk,
We have got Februarys news here for you: We are celebrating the title of Winery of the Year with a new package of six wines and Facebook competition. We will tell you where we can meet, we will show you the spring and summer program and you will also find out where the Pálava 2017 VOC was impressing judges.
It's a bit like a housekeeping. At home it is done before Christmas and in our vineyard since Christmas. However, we could describe the winter cut of the vineyard, which we started at the beginning of January and ended at the latest, March 19th.
Such a winter cut is not only an important thing for our vineyard manager Romana Slouk, who has it all at the command. The vineyard is rejuvenated and the top of the main stem by the nearly 200,000 vines we have on our 45 hectares. "We do everything in about 12 people, that's why it takes us a relatively long time," explains Roman.
Cutting with scissors entrust only to the people who he believes in, and who have been doing this work for a long time. This is because, among other things, some interventions are being made with the prospect of continuing in the years to come. "That's why it's important for the same person to care about the same line because he remembers why he was doing a particular cut," says Roman.
The basic rules of the work are, however, always the same for Sonberk. Not two or three, as they can ever be seen by anyone in the garden. Sure, if we were to leave the bushes bigger, it would probably be more grapes, but we can not do that. If only one vine is left, the bush is more beneficial, the grapes are better and have higher sugar content, which means quality. Every year, it is based on a yield of about 1.5 kilograms per head.
Nowadays, the majority of winemakers who live with the sale of wine are doing the same. "Leaving more streets is really good at home, when someone needs to really overshadow their terace," Roman laughed, who could tell about the cut as a special viniculture discipline. He has twice won the Republic Championship and has been a jury for several years at the championship. He will take on this role again this year, namely on February 22 in Sedlec.
Historically, the third major success in the Winery of the Year competition was made at the final evening of the competition. After winning the competition in 2013 and winning the mid-sized winery category in 2015, the jury again awarded us the title of the absolute winner for 2018. The evaluators highlighted in particular the quality of the wines offered, as well as the effort for sustainable production and overlapping winery, where many cultural and social events take place.
We are very happy, thank you and we look forward to meeting you at Sonberk - Winery of the year 2018!
Januarys news and informations in your inbox! We are writing to you that this year we are not missing from the Wine Salon selection of the best 100 wines from Czech Republic, to celebrate it with us, you can order Riesling's package (3 bottles of Riesling 2015 VOC and 3 bottles of Riesling 2016 VOC) for a special price of 1590 CZK, we are presenting an extraordinary wine called Rudimentum, and there are some invitations to tastings, current awards and a picture from our vinyard, that our vinyard manager Roman took. ;-)
The vineyard is asleep, we are cutting vines and also going along with others from the Alliance of V8 winemakers to the Dutch Wine Professional Festival to show our best wines. At the end of the month, we are celebrating Sonberk for double success at the Salon of Wine, where the straw wine Pálava and the barrique cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot gris 2015 became a part of. In the selection of the top 100 Czech wines we have been for the thirteenth time. We racking the last riesling from last year's harvest.
We continue to cut the vine and our vineyard manager Roman Slouk also oversees others - he is the juror of the Czech vine cutting championship. There is also a meeting of our elderly and experienced council, whose members have not changed since 2004 – czech wine making legend Josef Peřina, the Slovak expert Fedor Malík and the professor from the viticulture department Josef Balík, evaluate the wines of the year 2017 and predict a great future for them. Together with other winemakers of the region, we join the Vinaři Hustopečká association. We are planning cultural summer, festivals and other events where we will go with Sonberk in the coming year. We are slowly preparing wines for the coupaging , especially those that go first into bottles - Sauvignon for example.
Slámová Pálava starts collecting prizes and has won a gold medal at the Vinalies Internationales in Paris. Roman also won an interesting prize - he is the winner of Wine and Degustation's photo competition. For the first time, we introduce the program for the Sonberks Cultural Summer. We are going to Tábor for the local wine festival (the longest in Central Europe) and at the end of the month we also make the first spring event in the winery, a calligraphy workshop. It's part of the Easter program with which we're opening the season. Easter weekend belongs to Brnos food lovers “Foodies”, who great the first visitors with sausages and other delicacies on the terrace. Just the weather is not too much. The turn of March and April is rough. It's cold, it's blowing in the vineyard and we hope it's not going to be like this all year. But we can handle the weed. We bottle first wines - Sauvignon 2017 and the cuvée for Borgo Agnese.
The weather shows that we won’t have to be scared of the frost. Since April 9, temperatures have been on average above 10 degrees. Vine begins to grow, Romans records show on April 16th, and it's sooner than anyone remembers. On the very same day, our Brno friends in Borgo Agnes released their new menu to the world, introducing our joint cuvée celebrating ten years of cooperation. Good news comes from abroad. At the charity American Finger Lakes International Wine Competetition, Pálava (selection of grapes), which was rated over 90 points, and the Double Gold mark, flashed. In Strasbourg, a prestigious international competition of white wines Concours des Grands Vins Blancs du Monde took place, where three of our wines- Riesling VOC 2013, Riesling 2015 VOC and Riesling Noble rot 2013 were awarded three gold medals. We do not only live with wine at the end of April, we planted true service tree.
Only few days left before, Salon of Wine, shows of the best Czech wines for 2019, which will be lying in the cellar of the Valtice Castle, will be opened for the first time in 2019. And Sonberk will not be missing this year. The evaluators last year chose our cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot gris barrique 2015 and Straw Pálava 2016, Riesling 2015 VOC was selected this year, which will be available all year long to sample all of the show's visitors.
Why this wine? We will try to ask jurors for the opening ceremony, but we have our own theory. "The Riesling 2015 VOC is at an ideal age - three to five years from the harvest is the right time when the Sonberks riesling show in the best light. It has a beautiful solid juicy acid, you can feel honey and dried apricots, and an intense, long-lasting flavor just underlines its quality, "says Dáša Fialová, Sales and Marketing Director.
This riesling is one of our greatest wines, with a number of Czech and foreign awards. You can still buy it in our e-shop, the inclusion in the Salon doesn’t change the price. "I would not hesitate much with the purchase, we expect it’ll be sould out by the summer," Dáša encourages with a smile. In addition to feeling good while drinking the wine, you can also help with a good cause. From his earnings, we send part of the price to the People in Need Foundation.
The Riesling 2015 VOC was awarded for the continuation of a “great ride” in the Salon. Some of our wines appeared in it every time we signed up, so for the fourteenth time in a row.
If you are already looking forward to comparing our representative with other award-winning bottles, then believe it takes a few more days to resist. For visitors, the exhibition opens on Saturday 2 February. And by the way, thanks to the equality of points in the final count, a total of 101 are awarded.
We bring home golden medals from the conference "What do the young ones like”, for Sauvignon 2017, Riesling 2015 and barrique cuvée. In the middle of the month, the vine is blooming, and so a little bit of celebration, we are launching the sale of tickets to the Sonberks Cultural Summer. There is news from the Decanter World Wine Awards, and they will all get us. We got a gold medal and 96 points for straw Pálava, two silver for Riesling 2016 VOC and Pálava 2016 VOC. For three days we are part of the largest czech “Wine Prague” fair, at a stand with colleagues from the Alliance of the V8 winery, as well as at the Vinařů Hustopečka stall.
Our wine maker, Olda Drápal, enjoys a reward for the European championship of wine football teams, where he takes bronze as a part of the Czech team. It's still hotter than usual, but a little water at the right time keeps the vineyard in the loose undergrowth in shape. We are blending Pálava VOC from the Grand Cru Sonberk series and lastly before the bottling, we racked Merlot 2016. With the approaching summer we welcome more and more guests, in the middle of the month we will host the first wedding this year, the wedding onf Jake and Svatka who now live in Netherlands and thanks to the event with Vinaři Hustopeče we are open for the first time until 9 pm.
July 7 we start the Sonberks Cultural Summer. Jarda Dušek arrives and behind him are hundreds of people who are spread out during his talk around the entire winery. Two weeks after, Sonberk's visitors Michal Viewegh and Jiří Stivín are enjoying themselves. Exactly among their performances, we are enjoying another beautiful news from another competition - Merlot received a gold medal at Oenoforum, one of the few Czech conferences and competitions held under the auspices of the International Organization of Wine and Viticulture. Temperatures set a peak. In the vineyard it's like in the Mediterranean and we look to the sky because we'd like a little water. Together with V8, we present wines at the Strahov Monastery in Prague. We bottle Riesling VOC and Pálava VOC, the tanks in the cellar are emptied before upcoming vintage.
Peter Lipa opens the second part of the summer. In the middle of August, we have this year's apricot jam, and the day we start with Riesling Noble Rot bottles in Magnum bottles. Director Ondřej Trojan tells a woman in advance of everything possible about the movie Toman, which later attracts hundreds of thousands of people to cinemas. Before August 20, everything is relaxed and we begin with vintage - just like the last years of the Sauvignon grapes. Still, we can not believe that the sugar content of late harvesting is already on 22 August. So we bought a lot of dry ice so that the heat doesn’t hurt the grapes. We finish the holidays with Michal Prokop Trio.
We will would like to present a complete novelty, Riesling called Rudimentum. We have mentioned it few times already, but you can consider this a real introduction.
This wasn’t really planned. Actually, it's an experiment. But it's so good we made him a special bottle and he'll be selling in just a few places and on special occasions.
The story with Rudiment started at the end of 2013. There were more grapes so that no other pots than one last barrel were available at the end of the harvest, and when the last Riesling, come in, we had to put it in a 500-liter toasted barrel. "Every year I make a little experiment, and in this case we said that at this time we will enrich some other variety and do cuvée," said our winemaker Olda Drápal.
The original idea eventually did not happen, and this Riesling really does not matter without combining it with another variety. "We let the wine mature for two years with no unnecessary touches. Racking happened only using gravitation, no „cleaning“ or filtrating. Out of all the wines we make here at Sonberk, this one comes the closest the traditional, historical techniques.“ said Olda.
The unconventional process means that it results in an unconventional taste. In Rudimentum, you can not find typical riesling fruitiness. Here you can discover the taste of caramel, nuts and dried fruits instead and you will be charmed by very amber color.
"Someone will call it an orange wine, someone authentic, for me it’s Rudimentum," said Olda, who did not choose the name of the new sonberk specialty, and one of the possible translations of this Latin word means the beginning, which is a reference to the original wine-making process. The lucky ones who get to Rudiment will have a bottle of 0.75 liter in their hands with a simple tag and a the top sealed with a sealing wax. And how can they get to it? Either in some particular restaurants, sonberks closest partners, or at Sonberk itself. Just whisper the password „Rudimentum“ and our staff will get it for you. You can also order it home, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org requesting it and we will be glad to send you this unique Riesling.
First dramatic news: For everyone who wants to buy Pálava 2016 VOC we have bad news. It’s sold out. But the better is that a few days later, on the 21st of September, we present together with other wines of 2017 and also Pálava of the year 2017. We celebrate the vintage together with our partners, supporters and Peter Bende. And all of us can look at how we dry the grapes of Pálava grapes under our wavy roof. Meanwhile, there are good news from Prague. The gold medal got our Tramín 2016 at the Prague Wine Trophy, and our riesling team made a huge hole in the world - three of them scored over the breakpoint of 90 points. And Riesling 2015 VOC has become the best Czech wine of this variety in our country. The vintage is in full swing and we do not know where to start. Boxes that take 20 kilograms of grapes fill the skillful hands of collectors (we do not have the picking machines on Sonberk) as fast as they can. We start to collect late Riesling and Merlot on the 21st of September, which is earliest ever. Sommelier David Pavlicek is also busy with Sonberks tent at the Pragues wine event in Grébovka, where over 25,000 people eventually come.
Right here in the winery we welcome the team from Borgo Angese, who cooks for us on the first evening of our Gastroautumn. On October 22, we finish harvesting grapes that have a little less acid than usual. While the last grapes are almost in the cellar, we are already bottleing our only young wine – Moravian Muscat 2018, extra dry as usual, where there is only 0.1 gram of residual sugar.
We are very happy to announce, that we are one of the 9 finalists of the Winery of the Year competition. The Commissioners arrive on 20th Novembe. But we will not know the results until the end of January. Together with other Winemakers of Hustopece area, we open a wine shop in the center of the town. French cooperage François Frères sen dus eleven oak barrels, who will pamper our Merlot. Directly to the winery come to cook gastronomagicians from the Koishi restaurant in Brno and at the end of the month for the first time we show the first rieslings in magnum bottles. We press the last press, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Merlot 2017 leaves the barrels and new and last year's barrels are filled with Merlot 2018. David represents us at the castle festivities in Cesky Krumlov, where despite our competition 30 wineries people very much like our dry Pálava of 2017.
Roman begins with the grubbing of the vineyard - the old (prerevolutionary) lines of Sauvignon and Chardonnay will replace the Pálava and Moravian Muscat in the spring of 2020. Olda has a lot of work in the cellar, and the rest of us with Christmas presents. We send to Pálava and Riesling a variety of pallets to Germany, a lot of Merlot and innumerable cartons and wooden cassettes go to corporate clients and people who just want a few bottles to make Christmas more pleasant. On December 20 we enjoy our party and we look forward to Christmas spent with loved ones and families. However, we are open even between the holidays and we are very pleased that many of you will come to enjoy the winter outlook on Pálava and take the wine supplies for the end of the year
Let the new year be filled with exciting enjoyment... Cheers!
Dear Sonberk fans,
if you are planning purchase of some wine for New years eve, stop by at Sonberk on Thursday or Friday, we will be here from 10 am till 4 pm.
In January we open 4th from 10 am to 3 pm.
Happy new year! :)
Yes, we know that this is the time of the year when you should really have gifts for your loved ones or at least know what they want for them. If you have one or the other problem here, here are our seven tips for what you might enjoy from sonberks production. And also one bonus tip.
1. Magnum bottle
A bottle of wine will bring joy, and a bigger bottle will bring even more joy. Among other things, we decided to pack our dry Riesling 2017 VOC, semi-dry bottled Riesling Noble rot and Cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot Gris 2016 into 1.5-liter Magnum unusual bottles. It is such a pack that is best suited for wine. You can choose from bottles for 1077 CZK (or Merlot for 1477) at the e-shop.
2. Vertical package with Riesling
For the true lovers of our Riesling, we also have one specialty: the Riesling Vertical, a package that includes six different Rhine Riesling from five years from 2012 to 2016. Ideal for a party with friends where everyone can try to change the character of the wine with the age of the vineyard and the length of ripening o rif it matured in a wooden barel or not. To order, please click here.
3. "All in" cassette
A wooden box of three bottles, wine jelly and Sonberks honey is such a quick guide through our production. Start with the young Sauvignon, a light-hearted friend for the evening, go to the aromatic Gewürztraminer, and as a final get our award-winning Riesling VOC. You can see the cassette at vinavsemismysly.cz .
4. Voucher for a Sonberk tour with a tasting
You can have our wine anytime at home or in the restaurant, but the experience will be complete if you enjoy it right here with us on a terrace overlooking Pálava. For 1500 CZK, you can have an hour-long sightseeing tour with a vineyard worker, who will guide you through a vineyard and cellar and give you eight samples to sample. Right choice? If so, write to email@example.com.
5. V8 winemaker alliance cassette
For several years we have been part of the Alliance of Wine Growers, for example, along with Volařík winery, Kolby winery or Krásná hora. It also places us in a special wooden cassette, where you can find the most interesting wines of all members of the club. Take a look and order here.
6. If you prefer it to be sweeter: straw wine and wine jelly.
Sonberk is focused mostly on making dry wines, but we also have exceptions. One of them (and very popular and awarded on competitions) is straw Pálava, a dessert wine made of grapes that dried for six months under our wavy roof. It's a great specialty to pair with food, much more when you drink it with our wine jelly. LINK
7. Something Sharper:
The Bottle of Pálavice. It does not seem like it, but sometimes it’s nice to do other things besides wine. And that’s what we did. And the result is Pálavice, Italian-style grape-based pomace brandy known as Grappa with 42 percent alcohol.
Bonus : If you want to learn more about wine
Our friend and great lecturer Mike Mazey has published a book called Wine words, a textbook of professional English. You can find in it (https://www.vinarskecentrum.cz/obchod/knihy-katalogy-dvd-mapy/knihy-pro-verejnost/english-for-wine-professionals-wine-lovers/) all important stuff if it's about wine. So if you feel sserious about learning more this is the book for you. Currently, you can also buy his new lecture, online course (https://www.udemy.com/wine-tasting/). What is important is that our straw Pálava stars in it. :)
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We accept the last orders until 8:00, 19.12. 2018. The next expedition will be on Monday 7.1. 2019.
Thank you for your understanding and wish you a beautiful Christmas holiday. :)
Have you read the new Wine & Degustation? The wine of December became our young dry Pálava 2017 VOC. And so we decided that it is time to start selling it on our e-shop, so you can try it and see, if you like it as much as we do.
If you're still looking for a special gift for wine lovers but do not want to buy a classic, we have one tip here this year. We've just put our three wines on Sonberk in a special package - 1.5-liter Magnum bottles. Why and why is it good?
In the past, we have already put our Merlot in large bottles. It was only in a very limited number of 200 bottles, which were always watched by our most loyal customers, so you can find them in good restaurants, such as Borgo Agnese in Brno or Pavillon. Now we have extended the offer so that for a few days you can buy at our e-shop three types of magnificent wines: dry Riesling 2017 VOC, semi-dry Riesling Noble rot and cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot Gris 2016, which is the successor of the famous year 2015 stored in the Salon of Wines 2018.
"The year 2017 is very good, it is very intense, with a strong solid acid, so it suits it well and it is just this bottle size ideal. The wine breathes through the cork, but with a larger volume, the volume of wine to the cork area is not much bigger, so the ripening takes a slower opening of the bigger one at a minimum, so the bottle provides better conditions, "explains our marketing director Dasha Fialová.
Wine should be matured for at least three to five years, then it will be in the best shape. All of our magnums are sealed with golden sealing wax, which further improves maturing conditions. The golden and not so often seen closure will take care of the experience and a little different experience. The bottles are sealed with a 49 mm natural cork stopper (45 mm in standard size) and each plug has been tested for TCA which is what causes corking.
For a better selection, you can look at our e-shop (http://www.sonberk.cz/en/9-magnum). Each of the wines packed in magnums is there for 1077 CZK and still stored in a wooden cassette.
The bottle size, by the way, hides a piece of wine history. A standard volume of 0.75 liter was created to unify the trade between France and the United Kingdom, which had so long argued that they had stabilized at that size. Among other things, because at that time wine was made with less alcohol, and one bottle would have to be the optimum amount for one person. Magnums are mainly red wines in Europe or those that ripen in the barrel, so that generally the quality of the longer wine bottle development is better.
The bottles are sealed with a 49 mm natural cork stopper (45 mm in standard size) and each plug has been tested for TCA debris causing corking.
Whether you're baking, looking for gifts, or thinking about getting closer to Christmas, we're happy to make your advent time more enjoyable on the "wine side". We have prepared a newsletter about our new barrique barrels and preparations for a new vineyard, Facebook competition, tasting invitation to Brno, as well as two Christmas packages (and in one of them a completely new dry Pálava). Added a vertical selection of Sonberks Riesling. We also have new Merlot and last but not least a white wine i magnum bottles.
We wish for health and pleasant pre-Christmas reading!
A few weeks before Christmas, one thinks about anything, but not working in the garden. This year at Sonberk, it’s the exact opposite. Right now, we're grubbing up the vineyard, which means we're removing old vines, including roots, and preparing land for new planting. It's a fairly rare event. "Some of the oldest vineyards in Sonberk are Sauvignon and Chardonnay and their health status and yield were not good, so we will replace them, " explains our winegrower Roman Slouk.
The new vineyard will not be planted right now, and not until next week. For the year 2019, the soil will be resting, and new vines will not come to it until the spring of 2020. "Next year we will work with soil. We will send it for analysis, we will grow mustard, we will fertilize it and the whole process will be completed in about one year with a very deep plow, "says Roman. In the spring of 2020, we plant the Moravian Muscat and Pálava and two of ours very popular varieties. The first harvest should happen in 2023.
Some of the 2016 wines got to be more time on the bottle then others, for example our Riesling, but the time has come and we are now launching a sale of our Rielsing 2016 VOC on the eshop. He now has 90 points from this year's Decanter and Prague Wine Trophy confirms it. Cheers to Riesling. Until Sunday with 16% discount, only on eshop.
Once we got the message that we are in the final of the Winery of the year we were very happy. But we also knew, that it's gonna take a lot of work and it's not going to be easy. Last night we had the comittee come over to Sonberk, and our winemaker Olda Drápal Jr., vineyard manager Roman Slouk and our marketing and sales manager Dáša Fialová presented them each of their field and now it's time for the comittee to decide who, out of those nine finalist was the best. We'll know the results January 24th. Wish us luck!
It's usually like we're at Sonberk, who sends out packages that bring a lot of happiness. They are in bottles and liquid. But now we have a couple of deliveries to us. Large and wooden. We got 11 barred oak barrels from François Frères, the famous French cooperage, which are used to produce wine with a Burgundy character.
Wine is a bit of alchemy. In order to succeed, you have to put together a lot of small pieces in one big puzzle at the right time and with the right amount. A part of Sonberks wines are resting in François Frères's barrels. There are only a few wineries in the Czech Republic (rather in Moravia), and it is no coincidence that they are the ones we are facing this year in the competition with the title “Winery of the Year”.
Our winemaker, Olda Drápal, chose this brand in 2005 and has not been allowed to do so since then. Why? "Because I like the taste of the wine the best," laughed at the first question, but then he explains it. "As a basis, we have these barrels for years, and every year we try some other ones for comparison. François Frères is still the best performer. Among other things, because their barrels are really high-quality,"says Olda.
The production of barrels that hold 225 liters of wine lasts for the first time. For the most common ones, their wood matures for 12 to 24 months. For the “Exclusif” ones wood dries for 36 months and "Rare" barrels for 48 months. "The producer lets the wood stand outside, let it rain and the sun shines, so the hardest tannins are leached out, and the wood matures properly," Olda says. In addition to wood and its maturity, the character of the resulting wine also makes the burning, which is provided with the interior of the barrel. It's like him with a steak. The master can order what degree of toastiness he wants. So believe the Sonberks barrels are burnt to the medium. We use them for two years, because then the firing has no strength. In addition, in order for wine to be labeled barrique can use a maximum of three times. "It is also true that white wine is being purchased with barrels of lesser density in wood and red with a higher density of rings in wood," adds Olda.
The maturing in the oak barrique barrel does not concern every Sonberk wine. Chardonnay is used in cuvée with Pinot Gris, Sémillon / Sauvignon and mainly our Merlot, the only Sonberk red wine. Yes, the one that won its category at the award-winning Oenoforum 2018 Wine Conference. That barrels have arrived right now is no coincidence. Merlot will be poured into them in the year 2018 from the recently harvested grapes. And yes, it also means that we’ll start selling the vintage 2016 really soon.
Wonderful wine and food will be paired on the second evening of our Gastroautumn, which we hold directly in the winery at our big table. It will happen two weeks from today, on Tuesday 20 November, in cooperation with the famous Koishi restaurant in Brno. We already know it will be a great evening. Why?
The resulting menu of this evening was based on our sommelier David Pavlíček, who chose what he thinks is the best Sonberks can offer. He brought it directly to Koishi, where they picked out the right meals for the wine. Served with salmon tartar, sea bass, Tom Yum creamy soup, beef cheeks and dessert, which is a variation on the well-known Piña Colada drink. "In Koishi they focus on European cuisine with Asian elements, working perfectly with seafood to orient oriental taste. And exactly in this spirit, the chef Martin Babica prepared the various courses for our evening, "said David Pavlíček, who has a deep relationship with Koishi and its wine bar and Petit Cru wine bar. Because few years before he came to Sonberk, he was working in that exact wine shop.
For booking a spot on the second evening of Gastroautumn you can e-mail email@example.com, its price is 2150 CZK and wine per person. If you love Koishi and you often come to the restaurant, you can take it as an opportunity to enjoy their skills a little differently. Their chefs are going out of their kitchens about twice a year. However, they also present their art in the Reduta Theater as part of the Duchess and Chef's performances which we are also part of.
For a few days, Sonberk wine, together with other members of the Winemakers of Hustopeče Association, has been seen and tasted in a new place. The group we put together about a year ago opened a new wine shop in the center of Hustopeče at Mrštíkova Street. This wine bar is here to help make the new association visible among tourists and visitors of the city and also to show local people what they can be proud of.
Fourteen wineries now belong to the club. "We have small producers among us, whose wines would otherwise be difficult to find in thecity, even big brands known throughout the country, such as Sonberk. Thanks to our connection, everybody can find the wine that best fits his taste, "said Josef Vrátil, chairman of the association.
The wine bar looks forward to your visit, so come and taste what we have to offer. ;)
Everyone is always wondering. What will the next vintage be like?
We know we are still at the beginning, but you can taste our Moravian Muscat vintage 2018 and see for yourself! This is our only young wine, of course Sonberk has been doing traditionally since 2004.
And what is it like? It is completely dry, has only 0.1 grams of sugar, smell of ripe apricots, citrus and
grapefruit and has a light and juicy flavor with a spicy finish.
This year we have 12 thousand bottles, for which you can either come to us or you can buy it at our dealers.
We cordially invite you to the exhibition "Sonberk by all senses - Wine, Architecture, Visual Arts", which you will find in the newly opened Lucerna Gallery in Prague until January 16th 2016. This exhibition not only presents the concept and photographs of the Sonberk winery, but also the originally sugested concepts by Josef Pleskot, Miro Herman, Vlado Milunič and Svatopluk Sládeček, along with contemporary Slovak visual artists and a neat glas of wine.
The premises of the gallery, which aims to present contemporary visual arts in all its forms, were designed by the Czech architect Marek Rainiš. The curators of the current exhibition are Fedor Malík (wine), Rostislav Švácha (architecture) and Zuzana Bartošová (visual arts). More information is to be found under www.lucernagallery.com and the picture galery from the opening ceremony you will find on our facebook.
We have got great news! In the Winery of the year competition we are one of the three finalist competing for the best winery in the medium sized winerys category. In the year of 2013 we won the whole competition and in 2015 we won the category. Since then we haven't compete and now, after two years we can be in the final again, which makes us very happy, because it's a great reward for the work we've been doing.
Monday 22 October was the first day our winegrower Roman Slouk could relax. Harvest is finished. This was the last day when he set out for the vineyard to collect what had grown on them for the whole year. After all that observation of the sky, if and how much water falls from it, and also into the ground, how much water it holds in it, it was a great relief.
The amount of water that has come to the vineyard was a subject of discussions even more this year than in previous years. For a moment, it seemed like we were going to pray for each and every drop, but the final figures in the statistics we are doing here at Sonberk show that 2018 wasn’t bellow average. "What wine this year will be, we can not say right now we have to wait until spring. But we have harvested more grapes than usual, and their sugar content was fine, so everything looks good, "Roman said, but he still allowed himself a little more to anticipate. "With year-round higher temperatures and having a lot of sunshine, we've moved a bit to the Mediterranean, which must be reflected. The 2018 year will be very special and well recognizable. "
As it will be, we will have the first clues in a few days. We are just bottling the only young wine from Sonberk. Moravian Muscat vintage 2018. Available in November.
A very nice experience for us and another 14 lovers of great food and wine, prepared by our friends from Borgo Agnese restaurant on Tuesday. It was they who took care of the seven-course menu of our first Gastronight, which we organized directly at Sonberk at the big table overlooking Pálava and we are very happy that the table was filled to the last place.
How did it look exactly on Tuesday? Michal Prachař, co-owner of Borgo Agnese, took his colleagues, plenty of dishes, from different kinds of plates to their own grill, and especially the best raw materials that transformed them on the spot in perfect dishes suitable for getting together with our wines. We served the sea bass carpaccio, and our cuvée Pinot Gris&Chardonnay 2017, marinated beef with mayonnaise and Jalapeňo peppers with Riesling 2015, lobster with squashed pea and mint paired with Chardonnay&Pinot gris 2015 or 45 days dry-aged Iberico sirloin steak paired well with Merlot.
The advantage of such a small event is that the chef has time to talk about his art with people, and that is exactly what happened. The question was whether a sea bass lying on a plate was really caught on a fishing hook on the high seas (yes, it was) or how it is with the pairing of wines to eat.
Because Sonberk is mainly about white wine, the menu was mainly based on fish and seafood. An exception was our Merlot 2015, served with steak from 45 days dry-aged sirloin steak. "It was a cherry on top that earned the most praise, it was great, the main course fulfilled expectations and it was the star of the evening," said our marketing director Dáša Fialová. Another great combination was of scallops with our dry Pálava 2017 VOC, which is not on sale yet.
There were even two wines to choose from, so visitors could try out how this menu selection looks. "We did it in beef with Japanese mayonnaise and jalapeňos, variants were dry Riesling 2015 VOC and semi-dry botrytis Riesling 2017, which is just getting ready for the market. "It turned out that the higher residual sugar was better supplemented with spicy peppers," Dáša added.
The first evening of Gastroautumn was with Borgo Agnese, because this year we celebrate ten years of cooperation, which we have already confirmed in the production of a special cuvée Borgo, which can be found only in this restaurant in Brno.
But now we are preparing the second evening of the food and wine pairing with specialists from Brno’s Koishi restaurant, where they focus mainly on asian cuisine. It will be on November 20th and their owner Janko Martinkovič will come as well, who is known for how he’s liked them among the people, so the fun will surely be taken care of. We accept the booking now on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.The estimated price is 1500 CZK for the 5-course menu, 2000 CZK for the wine pairing menu. The price will be specified with an upcoming date.
It's been about half a year since we told you that our Rieslings got a lot of prizes at the prestigious French Concours des Grands Vins Blancs du Monde. Now there are similarly nice news from the Prague Wine Trophy, the biggest Czech competition in terms of the number of samples being evaluated.
Three of our Rieslings scored more than 90 points. And Riesling 2015 VOC has become the best wine of this variety in the Czech Republic. Among the first five best Rieslings was the only one from Czech, the other four were from Germany or Austria. Its final score is 92.8 points, and so the entire next year we can be proud to have the Prague Regional Champion. And you can still get it in our e-shop.
We say Rieslings are our flagship and and we think it should stay that way is also proved by the awards for his siblings from other years. Riesling Noble Rot (with noble mold) has reached 90.8 points for the tasters and the Prague Premium Gold label. And just two tenths of a point less has earned Riesling 2016 VOC.
As far as the successes in the competitions are concerned, we have another favorite. Merlot 2015 was very much appreciated by the Oenoforum 2018 and now, the results from Prague Wine Trophy confirm it’s status. Merlot 2015 became Prague Wine Trophy the best rated Czech wine in its category. With a result of 90.7 points, so it means another wine with the title Prague Regional Champion. Also this wine, which has matured for 12 months in new French medium-toasted barrique barrels, can still be bought at the e-shop.
Straw wine has a specific taste and has a specific way of being produced. It is not for everyday drinking, rather for special occasions. Still (or perhaps because of that) straw wine has a lot of its supporters. And we will not disappoint them. Also this year, we have put part of the grapes of our favorite Pálava aside, lay them on wooden frames and we will dry them for several months so that we can then press out extra sweet juice, with what you will be able to especial your evenings. And if you can't wait to try it, we still have vintage 2016 in sale and according to Decanter World Wine Awards it got 96 points and a gold medal.
That we're trying to activate all your senses, you probably know. And now in the autumn we're gonna have another proof. It's called Gastroautumn, and it means for you that you can enjoy a couple of evenings in the winery in the company of friends or family, our wine and great food from the chefs of excellent restaurants.
We are still figuring out the specific program, but the basics are clear now. We will start on Tuesday, October 9, when our friends from the Borgo Agnese restaurant in Brno, where they are masters of Mediterranean cuisine and high culinary art, come to us. We will not lie, it was quite clear that they would be the first ones. We have been working together for ten years, and it's actually a celebration of getting it together. The owner Michal Prachař will personally cook, who you can then tell how you liked it or talk to him about how restaurant business in Brno looks like.
And what will be tasted? The menu is still in progress, but the basic outline is already revealed. It's going to be five to seven courses, and we're looking forward to a 45-day-old tenderloin beef steak with a demi-glace sauce, which will be great with our Merlot. Each of the dishes will have a special wine partner to make the most of them. But we do not want to dictate anything, so you can try out what works the best for you.
There will be several evenings of Gastroautumn and our plan is that it would always have a pleasant intimate experience at our big table in the winery. We are still figuring out the prices, but we'll let them know in time.
Reservations will be received by e-mail email@example.com.
September 21st we are ending our summer of cultural events and it will be with one and only Petr Bende. You can get your tickets on smsticket. The concert itself will start at 7pm, but you don't have to come just for the concert. If you come earlier you'll have more time to enjoy new wines that we will introduce, after six month break. Also Brno's Kafe & Kobliha (coffee and donut) will be here, ale we'll have some refreshments as well. So see you on Friday 21st. :)
We'll say proper goodbye to summer with Michal Prokop Trio. Two very skilled guitar players and one multigenre violinist will preform here at Sonberk. Come and enjoy it with us. It was a great summer, which it wouldn't be without all of you. :)
So Friday, 31.8.2018, 7pm, SONBERK
We are looking forward.
According to the date in the calendar, only few would have guessed it but who has been driving around the vineyard, he does not wonder. Earlier this morning, at about six o'clock, Sonberk began the most anticipated part of the year - harvesting grapes. About thirty assistants helpers ran into the Moravian Muscat, which matured first, and we started to process it.
But much work had to be done before the start of the vintage. Last week we finished with vintage 2017, by bottling botrytis Riesling 2017 into Magnum bottles, with a capacity of 1.5 liters. Before this year's harvest comes to the cellar, we must remove all of the wine and any mess to avoid contamination. The cleaning happened everywhere, including the space under the roof, which is intended for drying grapes for straw wine.
Now let’s just hope the weather won’t change. Wish us luck :)
We are looking forward to discussion with Ondřej Trojan about his movies Pelíšky, Želary, Lichožrouti, Občanský průkaz, very new TOMAN and others.
The evening will be accompannied by Midnight Coffee Session - modern nontraditional cimbalom band.
Together with other Winemakers of Hustopeče region we are open till 9 pm.
You can come, taste the wine, enjoy the sunset and the best view on Pálava hills.
You probably need a break from the hot weather, but believe the break is coming. Not a break from the weather but a break in a formo f a weekend. And on Sonberk, you can enjoy the upcoming Friday with a great musical evening. Within the Sonberks cultural summer, Peter Lipa arrives, bringing his band with a unique experience as a tailored cut for the hot August evening. Look forward to combining jazz, blues, beautiful lyrics and Slovak temperament.
And not only that, we are always trying to improve our little summer festival, and so we have agreed with Brnos Kafe & Kobliha (coffee and a donut) that they will be with us on Friday evening too. What does it mean? Besides wine and classic refreshments, you will be able to get some of the great summer donuts that are normally sold only in a small shop in the center of Pekařská and also a great coffee.
The basic information is clear: Getting Started at 19 o'clock and you can get your ticket on Wednesday through smsticket or on Friday straight on the spot. See you soon! ;)
Maybe you've noticed this on your trips around southern Moravian , but we see it in our vineyard every day. Nature has been a bit crazy this year, and although people mostly talk about drought, vines are in development three weeks to a month ahead. Yes, the vintage will be a lot sooner than usual.
Even in the beginning of April, when we opened the season on Easter, there was nothing indication of what awaits us this year. "It was raining, it was windy, it was cold. But then, in the week, it changed to nice and warm and it stayed like that from then on. This year we are enjoying truly Mediterranean conditions, "said Roman Slouk, who is honestly watching all weather indicators.
Maybe you remember that a few weeks ago we wrote that we do not feel the drought yet, because water was still at the deepest roots. Right now it is not like that, so Roman has done the right thing. Every second row in the vineyard was crushed, so every single drop of rain falls straight to each vine.
Because berries are already getting bigger, everyone is slowly thinking of preparations for the vintage. As it looks, early varieties, such as Moravian Muscat, the harvest could begin around August 15th.
One scenario, however, has been clear for quiet a long time. The date of our „Sonberks harvest“ is set on September 21 where acoustic concert will be played by Petr Bende. This time, it looks like when you come, you will also find yourself in the middle of a real harvest.
What? Jazz music & book reading & wine tasting
When? Saturday, July 21st
What time? 7pm
Where? @ Sonberk
That our Merlot 2015 would be very good, our winemaker Oldřich Drápal Jr, knew. But that it would be so good to win it‘s category at an important international conference Oenoforum 2018 he did not know. The only red wine we've been making has succeded so much so, that the international jury gave it 91 points last week and a gold medal in the B2 category, which are dry red wines from 2016 and older, with residual sugar up to four grams per liter.
Oenoforum is one of the few Czech conferences and competitions held under the patronage of the International Organization of Wine and Viticulture (OIV). This means that the wines in each category are also judged by foreign experts, and the chairman of the tasting committee in each category is always a foreigner. "I myself evaluated this year in one category, where there were two Italians and one Portuguese. The composition of the committee is important to know, in each state we have different preferences for red wines, "he said.
Sonberk‘s Merlot 2015, however, is liked by both - domestic and foreign tasters. We have been succeding in competitions lately, but this news is special. We don’t make red wines that much, just about four thousand bottles out of a total of 150 thousand, and only in really good years. "For example, in the years 2013 and 2014, which were cooler, we produced "only" rosé. But in 2015 we knew that we could make red and it would turn out to be great, "said Olda, who also said that red wine production is easier for winemakers "In a nutshell, you just let it ferment then it goes to the barrels, in our case barrique barrels, from the Burgundy coopers Francois Fréres, for 12 months," said Olda.
Sonberks success at this year's Oenoforum, which took place last week in Brno, means more when Czech wines didn’t have that much success. Of the total of twenty categories evaluated, domestic producers won only seven of them.
We currently have about 1000 bottles of Merlot vintage 2015 and we are pretty sure that it will not last till Christmas ... But you can still find it on our eshop.
Everything worked out really well and we became part of a group called „Winemakers of Hustopeče area“. Members are winemakers such as Fabig, Aurora or Samson family winery.
The surroundings of Hustopeče have their own specifics. Thanks to the favorable climate and soil composition a unique environment has been created that gives aromatic complex wines with higher acidity.
We‘ve joined the project because we want to be a part of the region. Everyone in the group is working in the same area, so it makes sense to stick together and help each other, "said Dáša Fialová, Sales and Marketing Director of Sonberk.
The first event we will do will be „Open Cellars of Hustopeče“. This means that, along with other selected winemakers, we will be open on specific dates at Sonberk until late evening, exactly until 9pm. It will be from 25th June to 1st July, from 23rd to 29th July and from 6th to 12th August. We look forward to seeing you!
Tomorrow, June 14th , our wine maker Oldřich Drápal jr. and our friends from the Alliance of V8 winemakers will be at Zábřeh castle in Ostrava.
On Monday, June 18th, you can see our sommelier David Pavlíček in Pilsen in the restaurant „Za oponou“.
You can also meet us the weekend 23rd-24th on a less traditional occasion which is the Czech Fashion Week in Teplice .
And then, when on Monday the 25th of June there will be a wine tasting with David Pavlíček in a wine shop called Mlsoun in Hradec Králové. The degustation starts at 19 o'clock and costs 290 crowns.
If you want to come to Sonberk and enjoy warm summer nights with us you are all invited!
Get your tickets here.
See the whole program few posts below.
We know we're still talking about our success and it's a little bit ... No, no, we're still happy about it, and so we're going to share another great joy! A few hours ago, we received the results of the Decanter World Wine Awards, the world's largest and most prestigious wine competition, where we won the gold medal for our 2016 straw Pálava, two silver medals for Riesling 2016 and Pálava 2016 VOC and bronze for our cuvée Sémillon/Sauvignon 2015.
This year's scored the most our straw Pálava 2016 with a total of 96 points. Moravian wines had great success with a total of 94 awards.
We have had great results from past years as well. Last year we got two platinum medals for the Pálava 2015 VOC and Riesling 2014 selection of noble berries.
What is also very pleasing is the success of Gotberg winery, who won the platinum medal for their Riesling, a late 2016 harvest. "It's great that the greatest success has stayed in Popice. It turns out that if someone comes here for wine, he can not be wrong, "Dáša Fialová, our marketing director, said with a smile.
Introducing this year's news and giving what you have already tried and loved, you can see us on three interesting events.
The first one is tomorrow 24 May. In the „Open Garden“ (Otevřená zahrada) on Údolní street in Brno. Tickets can be bought on the site and cost 390 CZK.
Then on May 31st with our friends from the Alliance of V8 winemakers. The association, which is not only Reisten, Volařík, Nové vinařství, Krásná hora, Kolby and Víno Marcinčák so stop at the Clarion Hotel in Olomouc. Tickets are in advance 390 CZK and can be bought online at www.8v.cz
And also there is Jazz & Wine Fest in Prague's Jiřího z Poděbrad square, and you can find us there on Friday 25th and Saturday May 26th.
We look forward to seeing you! :)
You’ve probably read it somewhere online, or you heard it in the news. Czech Republic suffers from a drought, and although it has rained a bit, it does not seem like the problem is solved. What does it mean for vineyards at Sonberk? According to our winemaker, Roman Slouk, fortunately, nothing. He's more than happy. This year's weather is so desirable for future grapes.
"This year we have nothing to complain about. Actually, until Easter it was cold and then it was beautiful, so the vine is compared with the past ten days ahead and everything grows fast. Within a week, it’ll begin to blossom, so the rain came exactly when it was needed, "said Roman, who also pleased the rain because of its release of nitrogen and other nutrients in the soil. "Grapevine is in such a great condition like we have not experienced it for a long time," says Roman.
Do you know what Young Winemakers like? In Sonberk hope that among other wines, ours do too. And results of the "Co chutná mladým" competition and conference organized by the Young Winemakers (Mladí vinaři) last week is three gold medals - the 2015 VOC Riesling, Sauvignon 2017 and our award-winning cuvée from Chardonnay and Pinot Gris.
Young winemakers are trying to bring the elements of modern viticulture to the Czech Republic as much as we do. They also concentrate mainly on dry wines and we want to move this trend together in the Czech Republic, "said our marketing director Dáša Fialová.
In addition to the three gold medals, one more thing made us happy. At the conference, Nathalie Mairesse, from France, came to give a lecture about how the wood of the barrel in which the drink matured influences the wine. It was a great for us because Nathalie works for the famous French coinage François Frères, who supplies barrels for us as well, in which we mature some of our wines. Our wine maker, Oldřich Drápal Jr., spent a lot of time with her, Nathalie tasted our wines, and everyone agreed that we are very happy about the cooperation and that it would continue.
In Strasbourg, at a prestigious international competition of white wines Concours des Grands Vins Blancs du Monde, where the best wines from Europe meet in different categories according to the varieties. And in the Riesling Competition three Rieslings were awarded with three gold medals. So further proof: Not only French wines can be world-wide, but it can be said about Moravian wines also.
Riesling VOC 2013, his younger "sister" from 2015 and Riesling „Noble rot“ (grapes are harvested with botrytis cinerea), these are three wines that the jury has evaluated with gold medals. For us, this means mainly that we are going in the right direction. Riesling is our flagship, it forms the majority of our vineyards.
We can not find vintage 2013, they are sold out, but few bottles can still be found in various main restaurants in Brno. The year 2015 is waiting for new fans in our e-shop or in the winery.
Since 2012, our wines have been participating in a charity American Wine Competition called Finger Lakes International Wine Competetition and this year we were very successful! Our sweet Pálava - selection of grapes from 2016 - was among the top five Czech wines - it got more than 90 points and the Double Gold mark. And also Palava straw wine from 2016 won the silver medal. And since it’s a charity competition the money from wine vendor registration fees in the competition and the proceeds from the sale of wine go to the financing of the camp for children suffering from cancer. Overall, 2800 wines from 18 countries worldwide have been evaluated this year. If you want to find out what the tasters of both Pálava tasted, you can order a selection of grapes and a straw variation in our eshop.
It seems like it far away, but it'll come faster than you think! So this is a little summary of what we are planning for you this summer!
Starting July 7th - conversations with Jaroslav Dušek, czech actor especially famous for his role in the movie Pelíšky.
On July 21st we have the pleasure to bring together czech writer Michael Viewegh and jazz musician Jiří Stivín.
August 3rd will come Slovakias singer Peter Lipa with his band.
August 17th we'll bring you a piece of Slavonice's film festival and Ondřej and Bára Trojan will talk about the film industry.
August 31st you can look forward to singer Michael Prokop and his trio. A little preview here.
And finally - September 21st the perfect combination of music and wine harvest. Singer Petr Bende will be accompanied by cimbalom! To see what can you expect see this video.
A bit nervous also very happy to officially open the vintage season in Sonberk.
In addition to having an exciting program for the extended Easter weekend, you can finally taste all this year's news. What are they? At Sonberk we have traditionally made two types of wines, called Grand Cru and Silver Sonberk. The first ones are the wines we have especially „played with“, from later harvests, often from older vineyards and suitable for archiving. Enjoy the big dry trio: Riesling, Tramin and Pálava, all in the year 2016. "Riesling is our flagship, he is still young, but we look forward to him in the future. It has juicy acid and tones of minerality."
Tramín is again a variety that historically belongs to Popice, one of Pálava's parents. This year's elegant wine with a finer aroma than we know at Pálava, you will find cloves, cinnamon, white flowers. It is not very fragrant, it is pleasantly relieved by fine acid, "says Sonberk sales director Dáša Fialová.
It is even more interesting with Pálava, we are presenting two Pálavas this year. In Great Sonberk it is our dry classic, this time in 2016. "This is a long-awaited successor to the year 2015, which was the world's finest dry aromatic wine according to the Decanter World Wine Awards. The new Dry Pálava from 2016 is a lot of spicy, but also grape, fruity, and there are also tones of tropical fruit, " says Dáša.
What you may have had in your glass, that is our cuvée made from 60 percent Chardonnay and 40 percent Pinot Gris. We made a really great job with him - the 2015 wine matured for 12 months in barrique barrels. Wine has come out of them, which has been selected by the 100 best Czech Wine Salon, which is the information that keeps us warm after the few weeks since we got it. And lovers of fresher and more vivid wines we will please with our new Sauvignon, vintage 2017.
Only by the end of March we offer a spring box of these six wines:
Sauvignon 2017, Silver Sonberk - NEW
Riesling 2016, Silver Sonberk
Pinot Gris & Chardonnay 2016, Silver Sonberk (Cuvée)
Tramín 2016, Grand Cru Sonberk - NEW
Riesling 2015 VOC, Grand Cru Sonberk (VOC = Original Certification Wine)
straw Pálava 2016, Grand Cru
Price for „Six - pack“ 1390, - CZK, normally 1780, - CZK
Orders until 31.3. 2018 at firstname.lastname@example.org, 2 boxes and more = free shipping.
Exactly a year ago, we have been pressing our exclusive natural sweet Pálava 2016. In the year, it managed to win the Wine Salon (Salon Vín) , win the Wine & Degustation Grand Test of Sweet Wines, enchanting Great Britain, the Netherlands, Japan, and now also France, getting a medal at the Vinalies Internationales (organized by the Union of French Oenologists).
We look forward to seeing you on Easter, we´ll be opening the summer season and the Grand Cru Sonberk wines of 2016.
We will bw here for you from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday, everyday between 10AM to 6 PM.
You can look forward to:
-Introducing of out 2016 Grand Cru Sonberk: Tramin, Riesling, Pálava...
-The first tasting of the fresh Silver Sauvignon 2017
-Tasting of new wines from 20 CZK per sample or try our wine menu with 6 samples for 140,- CZK
-Saturday Workshop Faux Caligraphy - basics of calligraphy, only 8 seats, reservation required, price 890 CZK
-Sunday 15:00 a guided tour with our wine maker & vinwyard manager
-On Saturday and Sunday in the afternoon, your children can get creative with our "au-pair" Zuzka, who works as a teacher in Brno
-Small cold snacks: selection of cheeses, grissini, olives,...
-You can warm up with Sonnentor tea, Nespresso, Pálavice
-Seating indoors & outdoors
Calligraphy workshop booking at email@example.com or call +420 777 630 434
Other information will be on our Blog, Facebook, Instagram.
7.7. Jaroslav Dušek
21.7. Jiří Stivín a Michal Viewegh
3.8. Peter Lipa & Band
17.8. SlavoniceFest - Ondřej a Bára Trojanovi
31.8. Michal Prokop Trio
21.9. Petr Bende & cimbal
Program is subject to change.
In the middle of March you´ll have the opportunity to taste some of our best wines and also this year´s news and you can pair it with their own beef tartare. Degustation starts az 6pm, costs 200 CZK, and if you buy three or more bottles to take away, you get a 80 CZK discount.
More info on their website.
If you´d like to taste our wine before spring starts, you can do it in Prague´s wine bar Cellarius (Budečská street) on March 6th. The tasting starts at 7pm, costs 290 CZK and our sommelier David Pavlíček is going to introduce 10 of our wines. If you´d like to reserve your spot, click here.
On the last day of February, we will please our fans in Hradec Králové. The tasting will take place in "In vino" wine bar - right in the city center. More info on their website.
Ca´nt wait for the weekend? Come to a wine bar U Tří knížat of February 21st and enjoy a week night with us! We´ll start at 6pm and our somelier David Pavlíček will present 11 our wines. The tasting will cost 300 CZK. Reservation required, for more info -> click here.
Actor Jaroslav Dušek, artist Ondřej Smejkal, painter Petr Nikl and our somelier David Pavlíček will all meet in Sázava! To enjoy great cultural experience and to have our Riesling, Tramín, Muškát and a special cuvée, come too!
The 11th year of the Prague Wine Trophy competition took place in 2017 with in total 1597 wines. In this year we managed to win a total of 8 gold medals and 1 silver. See the results below, all wines can be purchased through our eshop. You can see the photos here.
Chardonnay&Pinot Gris 2015, barrique - Prague Gold, 89 points
Sémillon/Sauvignon 2014 - Prague Gold, 89 points
Tramin 2015, selection of grapes - Prague Gold, 87 points
Muscat Moravian 2016 - Prague Gold, 86 points
The best dry aromatic wine in the world, according to the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
And once again you’ll find us in wine salon and it’s for the thirteenth time!
On 26 January, the ceremonial handover of the diplomas awarded for the gold medal of the Salon of Wines 2018 was held in the premises of the Valtice Chateau.
Among the 100 best wines for 2018, our straw Pálava 2016 and the cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot Gris 2015, barrique.
Straw Pálava can be purchased here.
Chardonnay & Pinot Gris 2015 first opportunity to taste it will be during Easter.
Also we recommend to buy the previous year 2013, which was part of the selection of the 100 best wines of the Czech Republic last year, from which we have the last couple of cartons, so do not hesitate and buy it through our eshop.
if you do not have any plans for this month, please accept our invitation for a few wine tastings, the first stop on January 18th in the Knights' Hall at the Chateau in Pardubice.
January 19 Hotel Ryšavý Vémyslice
January 25th Galadegustation Prague - wine tasting from the Prague Wine Trophy competition
January 25 Aldis Congress Center, Hradec Králové
We look forward to seeing you!
Dear friends of Sonberk,
thank you for your confidence in the past year and for the new year 2018, we wish you a lot of health, happiness, love and well-being.
At the same time we look forward to seeing you with a glass of good wine!
We are at Sonberk for you on the 22nd, 27th-29th December, from 10am till 3pm. The last expedition day before Christmas is Tuesday 19.12. After the New Year we will resume the expedition on the 4th of January. We are available on the phone 777 630 434.
Thank you for your understanding and wish you beautiful pre-Christmas time!
We have prepared for you a special pre-Christmas offer, in which you will find not one but two packages of wine. You can look forward to the last pieces of our white barrique cuvée, the new Merlot and the fragrant pre-premiere.
We wish you beautiful holidays!
Thank you very much for Eva Kneblová for the great summary of this unusual autumn. :)
Purchase our Riesling, and contribute! Every year Člověk v tísni (People in Need) organizes the Stories of Injustice project, which is intended for Czech students.
This year's project started 2.11. in the Lucerne cinema, by acknowledging people who stood up to the communist regime.
You can see the photos here.
15% of the price of each Riesling 2015 VOC bottle goes to People in Need.
Thank you for helping!
You can buy it here.
You can buy through our eshop here
On Sunday, at the age of 70, Peter Vajda, passed away. Cofounder of many exceptional projects, Sonberk winery among them.
Read here, how his close colleague, Alexej Fulmek (CEO of Petit Press publishing house), describes his personality and his lifelong projects.
On Tuesday October 31st we cordially invite you to Dům umění in Brno to taste some of the very best wine from Sonberk and the V8 Winemakers Alliance.
From 16:30 you can look forward to meeting the respective V8 winemakers in person, taste all wines from the Grand Cru V8 Collection and over 40 more. There also will be a poll for liquid prizes and a short screening about the members of V8.
On Thursday September 28th come join us at Sonberk from 14:00 for a wine tasting and creative workshop, where Štěpán and Tereza Axman will show you how to work with clay - to create your own piece of art, the "Wine´s Face". Price/person: 1090,- CZK
Limited capacity, please book your seat ahead: sonberk(a)sonberk.cz
South Moravian Sonberk Winery has recorded another success in international competitions. Pálava and Riesling from the Sonberk Vineyard in Popice, Mikulov, were the winners of this year's international Decanter World Wine Awards in London. In a competition of more than 17,000 wines from around the world, the jury has awarded them both 95 points and the highest possible medals: Platinum Best in Category (formerly the Regional Trophy) and Platinum Best in Show (formerly the International Trophy), the latter arrives to the Czech Republic for the first time. In total there were 6 Sonberk wines awarded at DWWA 2017 - see here.
Dry Pálava 2015 VOC awarded with platinum medal Best in Show as the best dry aromatic wine for this year ranked among the best 34 wines in the world.
The naturally sweet selection of botrytised grapes Riesling 2014 reigned in the regional category Best Czech Sweet and the platinum medal Best in Category represents the wine´s 11th accolade from international competitions.
"For Sonberk this year's award is both an honor and assurance that with our flagship varieties - Ryzlink and Pálava - we are going in the right direction. Equally great is the news for our region that proves it can produce world-class premium wines. In addition, Pálava grape variety celebrates 40 years since it was first registered in the State Variety Book, so it is a nice anniversary gift for the Czech vine growers, too, " says Dagmar Fialová, the Sales and Marketing Director of Sonberk Winery.
The author of both wines is Sonberk´s own winemaker Oldřich Drápal Jr., whose manuscript is clearly recognizable in bottles. To his- now the best in the World - Pálava he adds: "The key to success were the fully matured Pálava grapes and their gentle processing using the gravitational technology. The resulting wine is an oenological mixture of several Pálava harvests, processed so that the spicy character of this variety steps forward even with the low residual sugar in the wine. "
And how does the best aromatic wine in the World actually taste? "The wine starts on a sweetish note but then opens up and as the florals come through its character and body emerge. Therefore it is not a wine just for simple food but also for more complex foods and flavours. I suggest that it be very well chilled like a good riesling and then allow it to warm in the glass to take on a change of temperatures and florals. Had a glass of your 2015 again with some mussels to see how well it worked and... it is a perfect match for spicier food too," says the British Star-Chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, who created a tasting menu dedicated to Sonberk wines for Pálava´s international premiere in London last year.
The winning varieties cover almost half of the 45-hectare Sonberk vineyard. Their expansion, however, is not yet planned. "As in the past, we want to concentrate first and foremost on the highest quality of grapes in the given year, and on a sustainable way of farming both in the vineyard and the adjacent ecosystems, " concluded Sonberk´s vine grower Roman Slouk.
Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) was first held in 2004 and currently is the largest and most important international wine competition in the industry. In this year´s DWWA more than 17,200 wines were registered and blind-tasted by a jury of 219 evaluators (65 Masters of Wine and 20 Master Sommeliers). To win one of the top prizes, a wine must first be awarded a gold medal by an expert panel of judges led by a regional chair. To secure a Platinum Best in Show, the wine must ultimately go up against peers from around the world. DWWA awarded 175 wines Platinum Best in Category and 34 Platinum Best in Show.
Sonberk winery has been participating in DWWA regularly since 2008. Two years later it already recorded its first major success with Ryzlink rýnský 2008 being awarded a Regional Trophy for Best Dry White Wine of Central and Eastern Europe, first time in Czech history.
We cordially invite you to Sonberk Cultural Summer 2017 to enjoy your favourite artists and music genres along with a nice glas of wine and incredible sunsets over Pálava Hills.
This year´s concert series we start on Sunday 2. July 19:00 with the performance of Roman Dragoun - a Brno-based singer, composer and pianist.
Ticket reservations are open for all concerts - please email us at sonberk(a)sonberk.cz
Or buy the tickets directly on smsticket.cz
2.7. Roman Dragoun - BUY TICKETS HERE
9.7. Tomáš Kočko & ORCHESTR - BUY TICKETS HERE
16.7. Dan Bárta & Illustratosphere / Barbora Mochowa - BUY TICKETS HERE
23.7. Slavonice Summer at Sonberk – screening, spoken word, concert Josefina Žampová - BUY TICKETS HERE
30.7. JuniorBand - BUY TICKETS HERE
6.8. Jazz reading: Arnošt Goldflam / Milan Kašuba a Petr Kořínek - BUY TICKETS HERE
13.8. Michal Pavlíček and trio - BUY TICKETS HERE
20.8. Spirituál kvintet - BUY TICKETS HERE
27.8. Zdenek Merta & Zora Jandová - BUY TICKETS HERE
15.9. Hradišťan - BUY TICKETS HERE
During the weekends and on Bank Holidays we prolonged the opening hours till 6 PM. Come to meet us, to enjoy a glass (or two :) ) of Sonberk wine, to feel the atmosphere, to see the wonderful view at Palava Hill, in the middle of vineyard, on the terasse of architectonically unique winery.
We are open every day - week days 10 AM to 5 PM.
Cheers and have nice spring days!
At Riesling du Monde - the biggest international competition for Rieslings we got two Gold Medals, we are truly excited that they are included among best rieslings worldwide.
Riesling 2014 - sweet - available on our eshop.
Riesling 2013 - noble rot, semidry, sold out
Complete results to be find here.
About the introduction of new Sonberk wines read Mikuláš Duda´s article (in CZ only):
For more informations please contact us on sonberk(a)sonberk.cz
An article about Sonberk winery is for reading here.
An article of American blogger Juliana Dever is for reading here.
Thank you Vlaďka very much and we all wish you all the best. On the position of Director Sales and Marketing we welcome Dagmar Fialová who you could meet in years 2014-2015 at Sonberk in a function a Project manager.
Looked the report from pairing of Sonberk´s wines with exotic food in Cyrus Todiwala´s restaurant Cafe Spice Namasté here.
Our winemaker was awarded for wine cuvée Chardonnay&Pinot Gris 2013, barrique.
We are happy to announce, that together with bloger (foodie and marketing research specialist) Eva Kneblová we are starting an exciting new blog project "A YEAR IN THE WINERY" as of January 2017.
Thanks to Eva´s enthusiasm and regular visits to Sonberk you will have access to the latest news from the grape´s "life behind the scenes". The blog is written in Czech and we advertise every new article on our social media networks. January blog:
The largest international wine competition Prague Wine Trophy knows all the winners and awards. Sonberk received 15 Gold medals and one Silver out of 16 entered wines. Galatasting of medal wines will be in Prague´s Jalta Boutique Hotel on 2nd February 2017.
Rulandské šedé 2007, VzC - Prague Regional Champion, 92 points
Riesling 2013 (botrytised) - Prague Premium Gold, 91 points
Tramín 2003, straw wine - Prague Premium Gold, 91 points
Pálava 2013, straw wine - Prague Premium Gold, 90 points
Ryzlink rýnský 2012 - Prague Gold, 89 points
Riesling 2014, Vzc - Prague Gold, 89 points
Pálava 2013 (botrytised) - Prague Gold, 89 points
Chardonnay & Rulandské šedé 2013 - Prague Gold, 89 points
Semillon 2013 (Stříbrný Sonberk) - Prague Gold, 88 points
Riesling 2014 VOC - Prague Gold, 88 points
Sauvignon 2012 - Prague Gold, 88 points
Merlot 2012 - Prague Regional Champion, 88 points
Pálava 2012 - Prague Gold, 87 points
Riesling 2013 VOC - Prague Gold, 87 points
Riesling 2015 VOC - Prague Gold, 86 points
Ryzlink rýnský 2013 (Stříbrný Sonberk) - Prague Silver, 85 points
Award Wine Saloon 2017 and gold medal won our cuvée Chardonnay&Pinot Gris 2013. Silver medal won Riesling 2015 VOC.
Thanks of Vlaďka Mrázová and Šimon Pánek from buying of Sonberk´s botrytic Riesling 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayws5Zb0AoM
Sonberk´s sweet Pálava 2013 and Ryzlink rýnský 2012 on tv channel Česká televize in tv show Herbář. The Christmas episode you can see here.
The Wine Professional is wine fair organized for every year in Amsterdam, for professional public. The number of professional visitors from Benelux is around 15 000 for every year.
Sonberk´s wines you can find in two famous Netherland´s restaurants and in a guidebook „Trotter Tsjechiee“.
Dear lovers of Sonberk,
thank you very much for your favor in year 2016. We wish you merry Christmas and all the best in a new year 2017.
Last day of expedition is 21 December 2016.
Opening hours during Christmas:
27.- 30.12.2016: 10.00-15.00
2.1.2017: stock-taking, close
As promised - we bring you this exciting recipe for pairing of Indian cuisine and Sonberk white wines. Recipe by Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL DBA. More to be found in his book Mr. Todiwala´s Spice Box.
KABOOTAR LAAL MASALA & SONBERK RIESLING
Pigeon in Red masala
Often not regarded as, a good meat or a meat to cook, more because it might look complicated to cook or perhaps the fear of making a mess. But pigeon breast is a great meat and if well treated and handled it makes a great starter when served with a good salad to sometimes cut the gamey flavour.
We do pigeon breast very often on the menu and it has always been popular. So here’s a simple recipe for you to try and see how you get along.
INGREDIENTS FOR FOUR PORTIONS STARTER
WOOD PIGEON OR PIGEON BREAST 8 Breasts (clean them well)
SALT 1 level teaspoon
LIME JUICE ½ Lime
TURMERIC POWDER ½ Teaspoon
Mix the above into the pigeon breasts and keep in a cool place whilst you prepare the masala.
WHOLE DRY RED CHILLI 3-4 Large ones
GARLIC CLOVES 2
FRESH GINGER 3”Piece washed & cut into pieces
CUMIN SEEDS ½ Teaspoon
CORIANDER SEEDS 1 Teaspoon
SEEDLESS TAMARIND 1” ball (if you roll the sticky tamarind it will stick to form a ball, ideally a one inch ball, if not available add a couple of tablespoons of light tamarind pulp. You do get very dark pulp too if using that use a teaspoon and check as it is far too strong. If using whole seeded tamarind soak the ball in 100ml of boiling water and keep covered to soften)
BLACK PEPPER CORNS 6-8
OIL 2-3 Tablespoons
Cut the red chillies into small [pieces and discard the seeds or keep them to grow in the summer.
In a small frying pan toast the whole dry cumin, coriander, red chilli, cloves and pepper corns until aromatic and toasted. In a grinder or a mortar and pestle if you don't have one puree all the ingredients to a smooth paste. If using a mortar it best to first powder the toasted ingredients to get a better texture and then ass the wet ingredients. The paste has to be smooth and to do this you may need to pass through the strainer and then puree again until everything goes through except the tamarind fibres, which will not go through.
Rub the masala into the pigeon breasts and check the seasoning. You may or may not need more salt. Put in an airtight container, seal and refrigerate for at least eight hours though if you marinade the day before its even better.
When ready to serve barbecue or grill as you would any meat except that do remember that pigeon dries out too quickly and its best eaten medium rare, so check feel and cook.
Serve with good Oriental style Coleslaw or a Good Yogurt based salad.
Pairing Sonberk´s wine with delicate gastronomy of KOISHI on 2nd December from 6 pm.
Document about Sonberk´s architect Josef Pleskot on tv station ČT Art, on 30th Nov.
Thank you that you are buying our Muscat 2016 but we would like to know your feelings and reactions. Send us your photos where you are tasting our Muscat and you can be winner of two bottles of Sonberk´s wines.
First new wine from vintage 2016 is now for sale! You can buy through our eshop or you can contact us on sonberk(a)sonberk.cz
Tramín 2003, straw wine - Prague Premium Gold (91 points)
Pálava 2013, straw wine - Prague Premium Gold (90 points)
Riesling 2014, botrytic - Prague Gold (89 points)
Pálava 2013, botrytic - Prague Gold (89 points)
Merlot 2012 - Prague Regional Champion (88 points)
Pinot Gris 2007, naturally swee wine - Prague Regional Champion (92 points)
Sauvignon 2012 - Prague Gold (88 points)
With ending of October we change openin hours. From 1st November we can meet in our winery from Monday to Friday, from 10 am do 3 pm.
If you could visit our winery out of hours, please contact us on sonberk(a)sonberk.cz. Or you can buy our wines through our eshop.
For the eleventh time our friends and business partners arrived on Sonberk and we opened and tasting new young wines of year 2015. The wines 2015 of Grand Cru Sonberk will be for sale in March in a next year.
The program of "Sonberk¨s wine harvest" was traditional - guests went to vineyards for picking of grapes, next the grapes was pressing and the guests could taste fresh grapes must. Next program was tasting of new wines with coments of our sales director Vlaďka Mrázová and winemaker Oldřich Drápal. After tasting the guests gave a souvenirs - certificate and bottle of wine.
Since last week we dry the grapes of variety Pálava on the wooden mats. The grapes must be dried for three months and it causes the grapes will be smaller but the amount of sugar in the grapes will be bigger. After the demanding wine making process we will have aromatic dessert wine with amount of residual sugar about 180 g/l, and more.
Cyrus Todiwala, Great Britain´s renowned Chef, will pair his signature dishes with Sonberk Palava at his restaurant Café Spice Namasté on Thursday September 29th.
Which Palava from Sonberk will be the queen of the evening? The journalists from BBC, Decanter, Ellis vendors and their guests will decide. Cheers and wish us good luck!
For more informations about this event please contact us on sonberk(a)sonberk.cz.
For more information about this event in English please contact sonberk(a)sonberk.cz or call 777 630 434.
For more informations in English please contact us on sonberk(a)sonberk.cz
For more informations in English please contact us at sonberk(a)sonberk.cz
For more information in English please contact us at sonberk(a)sonberk.cz
We have prepared a series of music performances for this summer´s Friday and Saturday evenings, always from 18:30 hrs at the winery terace by sunset. More info and tickets: vladimira.mrazova(a)sonberk.cz
>>>NEW CONCERT DATE FOR DAVID KOLLER: SATURDAY 24.9.2016 <<<
2.7. Michal Prokop, Luboš Andršt, Jan Hrubý
9.7. Michal Viewegh reads his books and invites more guests and music
16.7. Yellow sisters & female element full of famous names
22.7. Neřež + guest
5.8. uBer!, Radim Fiala – theater performance with „Cyrano“ Petr Halberstatt, Petr Hloušek scenography
13.8. Peter Lipa Band and precious guests from Slovakia
19.8. Milan Kašuba & Denis Parker and something more
26.8. Zdenek Merta & Jaroslav Svěcený
16.9. 24.9. David Koller and guests
The programme is subject to change.
The concert starts at 19:00, reservation of tickets: vladimira.mrazova(a)sonberk.cz
More info on Facebook.
We are delighted to bring you this overview of medals our wines have won in the previous month:
The biggest success is 5 awarded wines at Decanter World Wine Awards in London. These Sonberk Grand Cru wines have been awarded:
Our dry, outstandigly aromatic Pálava 2012 did well also at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, where it got awarded a SILVER MEDAL.
Oenoforum 2016, the only OIV-certified wine competition in the Czech Republic awarded A GOLDEN MEDAL to three of our Rieslings:
Prague Wine Trophy, the biggest international wine competition in the Czech Republic awarded a GOLDEN MEDAL to these two wines:
The FESTWINE wine competition was successful for our Rieslings:
Thank you for supporting us with your votes in the Winery of the Year competition! Without your support the first place in the category Medium sized wineries would had stayed unreachable for us. Cheers!
More about the evening gala (2 June 2016) in Brno, Městské divadlo - on the FB page of the Winery of the Year competition.
Thanks for supporting us! The winner will be announced on June 2nd at the evening gala in Městské divadlo Brno. After that, 3.-5. June we cordially invite you to the wine festival Víno pod Petrovem in Brno, where you can sample the best wines from this year´s finalists and winners.
Thanks again for your support and here are the perks to choose from:
a) Reward yourself with good wine from our eshop, enter the code "VR2016" and we will ship it all the way to your doorstep within the Czech Republic free of charge! The minimum purchase is 500 CZK, the code is valid until 30 June 2016.
b) Reward yourself with a bigger amount of wine, i.e. when shopping directly at Sonberk and we will give you 8% discout.
c) Enjoy our almost sold-out MERLOT 2012, a sample tasting for 2 persons is waiting for you at Sonberk.
2x 5 votes = bottle of Sonberk Sauvignon Blanc
Send at least 5 votes until 27 May and enjoy a bottle of Sonberk Sauvignon Blanc with someone who also voted for Sonberk in the Winery of the Year finals, at least 5 times.
It is simple: email us your voting confirmation at sonberk(a)sonberk.cz (such as a screenshot, selfie or an official written statement, that you voted at least 5 times for Sonberk) and a shared bottle of Sauvignon Blanc is yours! Then we only agree upon the pick up of the bottle, the easiest way is to come and see us (and the other winning consumer) directly at the winery :-)
PRO HLASOVÁNÍ ONLINE navštivte prosíme stránku www.vindemiapublica.cz
anebo hlasujte zasláním SMS zprávy ve tvaru "VINARSTVI 4" na číslo 900 30 06. Cena SMS je 6 Kč.
Dear friends and fans, for the third year in a row we have been nominated for the finals of the national competition WINERY OF THE YEAR 2015, category Middle-sized wineries. Our aim is not only to win our category (as we did in 2014), but also to reach for the accolade of the absolute champion and get the title Winery of the year 2015. Please, help us on our way to the title!
YOU CAN VOTE FOR US:
2. Sending SMS "VINARSTVI 4" to 900 30 06 (Price of one text message is 6 Kč).
The voting proceeds until 27 May 2016 and every registrated user can hand in up to one vote in 24 hours.
The winner will be announced on 2 June 2016 in Brno during an evening gala. Thank you for voting for us and sharing this message with everybody who likes Sonberk as much as we do :-)
Among the World´s best 30 Rieslings - you can find our semi-dry Riesling 2013, noble berries selection; awarded the only golden medal for a Czech Riesling!
All wine can be ordered via our eshop or reserved under sonberk(a)sonberk.cz
we cordially invite you to the wine festival NeVinné Lány taking place in Lány by Prague on Saturday 23 April 2016 from 11:00 to 19:00. More information can be looked up under www.nevinnelany.cz.
We are delighted to inform you, that two of our Traminer straw wines have been awarded a golden medal at the international wine competition Gewurztraminer du Monde 2015. Both awarded Traminers are from the production of our winemaker, Mr. Oldřich Drápal Jr., the first producer of straw wine in the Czech Republic. Naturally sweet straw wines from Sonberk have a long award-history and regularly score top-accolades at international competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards London,Vinalies Internationales Paris, International Wine Challenge San Francisco or Concours Mondial de Bruxelles.
Even though the awarded straw Traminer vintage 2008 is to be found in private archives by now, we still have the last bottles of the other awarded one - you can find the straw Traminer 2001 in our archive - here in our eshop.
We are very pleased to inform you, that Sonberk has a representative in this year´s National Wine Saloon collection.
Our naturally sweet Pálava 2013 STRAW WINE made it into the selection of one hundred best Czech wines for 2016, working its way up from the first round with 703 competing samples. On top of that, the STRAW Pálava was appointed the winner of category C - and is herewith the best naturally sweet wine in the entire selection.
It is the first straw wine produced from the local Czech grape variety Pálava, earlier all our straw wine was produced from Traminer. The grapes for this unique wine were manually collected on 28 October 2013, dried at Sonberk for four months and pressed on 28 February 2014. The residual sugar in this wine is 159,1 g/l, total acids 8,8 g/l.
The official start of sales will commence in 03/2016, until this point you can order Pálava 2%13 STRAW WINE via our email sonberk(a)sonberk.cz.
We look forward to medals! Come tasting (not only) our awarded wines on Friday 22 January 2016 to the 9th Gala tasting of Prague Wine Trophy, Czech Republic´s biggest international wine competition with over 1200 wines competing in 2015!
The tasting of the awarded wines will be supported by personal presence of winemakers and winery representatives from all around the world taking place in Prague´s Jalta Boutique Hotel on Václavské náměstí between 16:00 - 20:00.
More information and tickets HERE (info in CZ): http://www.pww.cz/Galadegustace
Only until Saturday 16. January runs the premiere exhibition Sonberk by all Senses in the newly opened premises of Lucerna Gallery in Prague. The exhibition includes photographs of the realized winery building designed by architect Josef Pleskot and presents as well other original competitive proposals from architects Miro Herman, Vlado Milunič and Svatopluk Sládeček.
Wednesday, 13 January at 18:00 Josef Pleskot will hold a lecture on the topic Introduction to the revitalization of the national cultural monument the Lower Vitkovice in Ostrava, during which he will talk mainly about the plans , implementation and development of the project .
Dear friends, Sonberk winery will be open 23., 28.-30.12. 10:00-15:00. Last eshop orders before Christmas: Sunday 20.12. - will be shipped on 21.12., delivered on 22.12. Phone on duty: 777 630 434
During the festival Víno z blízka you can come to taste Sonberk wines to La Bouchée restaurant at Údolní street on Saturday and to Atrium of FSS (Faculty of social studies) on Sunday.
We will present young Moravian Muscat, burgundy style cuvée Chardonnay & Pinot gris 2013 and of course our flagships - 3 styles of Riesling and 3 styles of Pálava!
More information and tickets find here!
Three years needed Mike Mazey, an Australian winemaker living in Brno, to prepare the book Winewords. On Monday November 2nd this interactive book with the subtitle English for Wine Professionals & Wine Lovers will be officialy released.
Mazey and his co-workers took extra care to present the creme-de-la-creme from today´s winemaking world shooting pictures and video interviews with people from Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau d´Yquem or Clos de Tart - and last, but not least: Sonberk. We congratulate to the authors and wish you a pleasant learning about (above?) good wine!
More information and book orders here: www.winewordsthebook.com
Sonberk team is truely looking forward to an interesting event in Brno, Savoy Restaurant. We will present 8 samples from our offer and these will be right beside 8 samples from Zámecké vinařství Žernoseky. There will be also fingerfood paired with some of the samples.
For more information and the tickets click here.
Dear friends of the V8 Winemakers Alliance,
we are looking forward to meeting you at this year´s last wine tasting, which will take place in Brno on October 27th.
The venue for the tasting is hotel Barceló Brno Palace, tasting time from 16:00 to 20:00.
Again you will have the possibility to freely taste wine from all six Alliance members - Kolby, Krásná Hora, Nové Vinařství, Sonberk, Vinařství Volařík a Víno Marcinčák. There will be 60 wines presented directly by the respective winemakers, owners or sommeliérs.
You can prebook your tickets for a discounted price 290,- CZK at the email info(a)8v.cz. The price on spot is 350,- CZK. The tickets include a free wine tasting, small refreshment and a wine glass. On top of that every participant is entitled to a special discount on their wine order. You can also look forward to a poll with nice, drinkable prizes.
On the 17th Mundus Vini international wine competition held in Germany at the beginning of September two Sonberk 2013 Rieslings were awarded precious medals.
Both Dry Riesling 2013 VOC (VOC - abbrev. wine with certified origin) and semisweet Riesling 2013 from noble berries won a silver medal in the competition among 4300 wines from all around the world. Both wines are now available in our eshop. On top of that, when buying Riesling 2013 from noble berries , you are automatically helping and donating to "Člověk v tísni".
An overview of Sonberk´s medals from Mundus vini and a complete list of results you can view HERE.
Dear friends of the V8 Winemakers Alliance
we are looking forward to meeting you at this year´s last two tastings, which will be held in Ostrava and Brno in October.
In Ostrava we cordially invite you to the Clarion Congress Hotel on Thursday October 1st.
The tasting in Brno will be held in hotel Barceló Palace on Tuesday October 27th.
Again you will have the possibility to freely taste wine from all six Alliance members - Kolby, Krásná Hora, Nové Vinařství, Sonberk, Vinařství Volařík a Víno Marcinčák. There will be 60 wines presented directly by the respective winemakers, owners or sommeliérs.
Both tasting will be held from 16:00 to 20:00 o´clock.
You can prebook your tickets for a discounted price 290,- CZK at the email info(a)8v.cz. The price on spot is 350,- CZK. The tickets include a free wine tasting, refreshment and a wine glass. On top of that every participant is entitled to a special discount on their wine order. You can also look forward to a poll with nice, drinkable prizes.
After a very dry summer the situation improved and now a very nice harvest is starting.
At Sonberk we started the harvest with the variety Moravian Muscat on Monday September 7th, which we will introduce at the beginning of november as our traditional Young Muscat, the first wine of the respective vintage. In the same week we were picking grapes of the varieties Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Later on Sauvignon and Palava will follow. We will close the harvest in late October/early November with the late ripening varieties Riesling and Merlot.
We hope to see the nice indian summer continue and look forward to meeting you at the autumny Sonberk!
We are thrilled about the new medals for our wine! On Tuesday August 25th the results of the 41. Vino Slovenija were announced.
Both Riesling 2013 VOC and Palava 2012 scored over 85 points and were awarded a golden medal. These wines are part of our current offer and you can find them in our eshop in the section Grand Cru Sonberk.
Complete results of the wine competition can be seen HERE.
Even when we evaluate the vintage first when the wine is in the cellar (or some colleagues do so when the wine is out of the cellar), on Mikuláš Duda´s blog you can read the answers from our vine grower Roman Slouk, how the vintage 2015 looks like from the vine growing perspective:
"Sucho, vedro a špačkové." (Dry, hot and starlings; CZ only)
Given the fact, there was some rain since the article got published, here we have an exclusive update from Roman, including the pictures of his new weapon against the starlings.
"Since writing the comment, the situation in Moravian vineyards could be described as Wet, hot and starlings. The optimist has won, again, it rained beautifully around 100 mm water, yet, the optimist would had wished half. The vine got into optimum condition for its autumn development. Some grapes might not have born the big amounts of water and bursted, becoming a refuge for mould and a potencial source of infection of the entire grape. But this would happen by rainy weather, which being an optimist, I do not expect. Long live the indian summer! On the attached pictures you can see our new eagle, which will help us scaring off the starlings."
Dear friends of the V8 Winemakers Alliance, thank you for joining the recent tasting in the Open Garden in Brno! This tasting was held as part of the wine festival Víno z blízka and got visited by around 200 guests. The winemakers opened 171 bottles and the catering from the restaurant La Bouchée served over 200 portions of burgers, grilled sausages and vegetables.
The next V8 tasting will take place in Olomouc on September 10th and in Hradec Králové on September 17th. More information and tickets under www.8v.cz. We look forward to meeting you this autumn!
Within the festival Víno z blízka in the charming enviroment of Open Garden (Údolní 33, Brno) you can taste 8 samples from Sonberk and many others from our V8 colleagues. We are starting on 13th of August at 5.30 pm.
The catering will be prepared by La Bouchée restaurant and there will be also live music - B.O. S. band!
You can buy the tickets here.
We are looking forward to meet you there! :-)
On Thursday July 29th around 200 guests gathered in Prague´s Mandarin Oriental to enjoy the produce of the V8 winemakers.
Thank you for attending and the great atmosphere at the tasting and we look forward to meeting you over a glas of good wine very soon - on Thursday August 13th, in Brno. More info about the wine festival "Víno z blízka" here.
Dear friends, we cordially invite you to yet another V8 Alliance tasting - after a year we´re back in Prague again!
This year you can look forward to meeting us at the gorgeus Mandarin Oriental hotel in Malá Strana on Wednesday July 29th from 16:00 to 20:00. There will be 60 wines for the tasting, exclusively from the V8 Alliance members Kolby, Krásná Hora, Nové Vinařství, Sonberk, Vinařství Volařík a Víno Marcinčák.
Tickets are 390,- Kč / person when prebooked via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The price on spot is 450,- Kč. The fee includes free wine tasting, small refreshment, wine glass and gives you the opportunity to purchase the tasted wine for a discounted price. On top of that you can win some more wine, including the "The Best 8 from the V8 2015 Collection" wich features the best 8 wines as chosen by the V8 winemakers in a blind test.
We look forward to meeting you at Mandarin Oriental!
On July 22nd Sonberk is partnering with Chateau Zinkovy in order to present a concert of Jaroslav Sveceny (violin) and Lubomir Brabec (guitar) in the Chateau´s Chaple.
More info on the website of Chateau Zinkovy.
Herewith we cordially invite you to the tasting afternoon at winery Sonberk on Sunday July 5th. You can look forward to vineyard and cellar commented tours and a free tasting of wine from all V8 Alliance members - Sonberk, Kolby, Marcinčák, Nové Vinařství, Volařík and Krásná hora.
Beside of the tours and tastings you can look forward to a matching catering and even a program for children. As the amount of visitors is limited, the tickets should be booked ahead via the email email@example.com.
14:00 Start of the free wine tasting (continuously until 19:00)
15:00 and 17:00 Commented tour of Sonberk´s vineyard with Roman Slouk
16:00 and 18:00 Commented tour of Sonberk´s cellar
16:45 and 17:45 Raffle poll (tombola)
19:00 End of the tasting
Program for children:
How to become a real painter - panting for children supervised by the academic painter Sylva Chludilová
For your convenience we will organise a free shuttle from the train stops in Popice and Šakvice to Sonberk. Book your seat in the taxi HERE.
Catering will by served by Mr. Martin Máca from Mitrovski Catering and there will be also a wine-and-food pairing corner of the company Chuť Moravy (Taste of Moravia).
Pre-booked ticket costs 590,- Kč/person and includes: entrance fee and free tasting of 60 wines, original Luigi Bormioli glas, voucher 100 Kč for wine shopping, refreshment and a catalogue of wines. The price on spot is 700 Kč/person.
In mid-June Prague´s Velehrad hosted the 9th Oenoforum with almost 350 wines from 11 countries.
These Sonberk´s wines from the very well received vintage 2012 were awarded a Golden medal: Pálava 2012, which also won in its respective category (in our eshop to be found HERE), and Merlot 2012 (will commence official sales as of 03/2016).
A silver medal went to cuvée Chardonnay-Pinot Gris 2012, which also triumphed in its respective category (sold out).
More information about the wine competition, its fotogallery and the complete list of results you can find on the website of Oenoforum 2015.
Head sommelier of the Michelin starred restaurant La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise Roman Novotný introduces Sonberk Riesling 2013, one of the best Moravian wines chosen by him for the new wine set, which you can review and order here:
"Sonberk´s team has created yet another entirely phenomenal Riesling, which reminds me on the vintages 2010 and 2007, more over the 2007 for me personally, since this one was from noble berries and with a higher residual sugar, too. The respective vintage 2013 has a clear, rich golden-yellow colour with high viscosity.
The nose is clear, with intense tones of ripe citrus fruits and pickled kumquats. The taste is juicy, opulent with a pleasant sweetness of clear grape juice and linden flowers. The wine is very long in its aftertaste with gentle petroleum tones, that will get more intense in the future. A Grand Cru Riesling!"
By purchasing Rieslingu 2013 you contribute on the projects of the humanitarian organisation "Člověk v tísni", thank you! In our eshop you can find the Riesling 2013 HERE.
Dear friends of good wine,
herewith we would like to cordially invite you to meet us at the next stop of the V8 Alliance tasting tour, which will be held in hotel Angelo in Plzeň on Thursday June 18th from 16:00 to 20:00.
The V8 Alliance´s winemakers - Kolby, Krásná hora, Nové Vinařství, Sonberk, Vinařství Volařík and Víno Marcinčák - have chosen 60 wines to please your tastebuds.
The entry fee is 290,- CZK when pre-booked via firstname.lastname@example.org, or 350,- CZK on spot. The price of the ticket includes free wine tasting, small refreshment, an original Luigi Bormioli wine glas and a 10% discount on your order placed during the tasting.
We look forward to meeting you in Plzeň!
Sonberk reached top levels at this years, already 11-th annual Festwine wine fest and competition, held in Brno and organized by Vinná galerie, a wine bar loved by both leisure and pro winos.
The best rating received Sonberk´s Riesling 2013, noble berries selection, being rated fantastic 91 points and earning the Grand Gold Medal. You can order this Riesling in our eshop HERE.
A complete list of results you can look up here (Czech only) http://www.festwine.cz/vysledky2015.php
From Friday June 5th to Sunday June 7th we look forward to seeing you at Brno´s largest food festival taking place at the Špilberk castle.
As in the last three years you will find Sonberk at the stand of the restaurant Koishi and their lovely wine bar Petit Cru.
Beside of the steady wine presence at Koishi´s oyster bar, you can try Sonberk on of the three commented tastings held in the Babinský bistro. On both Friday and Saturday from 16:00, and Sunday from 17:00, Vlaďka Mrázová will guide you trough the best of Sonberk´s Rieslings and Palavas, offering a very rare archive straw Traminer at the end.
This year´s novelty is a food and wine pairing by Koishi´s Chef Petr Fučík held directly in the castle´s King´s Chapel, where Sonberk contributed the very best of its vintage 2012. The entire menu including the matching wines can be found HERE (Czech).
More info under www.spilberkfoodfestival.cz.
On Wednesday our winemaker Olda Drápal will present not only our rieslings!
Find more information here.
Les Grands Concours du Monde is one of the most important competitions in the world. We are proud to announce 2 Gold medals for straw wine Tramin 2001 (still available) and Tramin 2008. Silver goes for a new wine on the market Riesling 2013, noble rot. We are truely excited about such results! :-)
It is an honour for us to announce that our Riesling 2011 is listed in specific survey called "Saloon 2015" - the best wines according to discerning fans of wine and readers of Pod korkem blog.
We are very pleased!
The whole list can be found on podkorkem.cz
Dear Sonberk fans!
We have prepared wine tasting in the nice wine shop called Moravská vinotéka, in Brno, Královo pole, Mojmírovo náměstí.
The first term on Wednesday is already sold out, but don´t worry, there is another one on Monday the 10th od November at 7 pm.
We are coming with the news of the year 2013, some of them are even not yet on the market!
For reservations contact email@example.com
We are looking forward to meet you there! Cheers :-)
Dear Sonberk fans!
This week you can meet us at many spots!
Thursday 14th of May we are going to Liberec, with the winemakers Alliance V8, we will present our wines in Porta Café, we are starting at 4 pm!
The same day, our winemaker Olda Drápal will manage wine tasting in Brno - Borgo shop, from 6 pm, come to listen to his speech about Sonberk :-)
Throughout this whole week runs not-managed vertical tasting of our Rieslings in Brno in the wine bar U Tří knížat - there is an unique possibility to taste not only the current range of the vinatges 2011-2013, but also private stocks of the vintages 2008 and 2010!
We are looking forward to meet you and Cheers!
These are our new pesronalité :-)
When the almond trees are in blossom it means the summer season is here!
Come to taste also the news from the year 2013! Every day 10 am to 5 pm.
Prowein - 5 000 exhibitors, 50 000 professional visitors...
Sonberk offered 2 wines - Riesling and dry Pálava
Vlaďka Mrázová and her colleagues from V8 Winemakers Alliance:-)
Winemaker Olda Drápal jr. and Dáša Fialová taking care of the stand :-)
Czech exposition - Wine of Czech Republic
All together - dining! :-)
Mediatel Vindemia Publica or the price the public is one of the categories in the prestigious wine competition Winery of the Year. The public can vote for one of nine finalists from 30 January until 20 March. The resulting number of votes for each winery has traditionally determines not only the title holder Price Mediatel public Vindemia Publica 2014, but it may become the decisive criterion for the selection of the absolute winner. Thus will be published one of three award-winning wineries in the category of small, medium or large winery at a gala evening on March 26 at the Trade Fair Palace in Prague.
You can vote herer: http://www.vindemiapublica.cz/
Dear Sonberk Fans!
Come to taste Sonberk and listen to Vladka Mrázova talking about our wines. On Thursday at 7 pm to Naturvini wine shop, Prague. For more information see their websites.
And on Monday in Vínograf Míšeňská, at 6 pm! In this nice wine bar you can order Sonberk wines by glass for the whole next week!
We are looking forward to meet you there! Cheers!
Prestigious guide of the best wines in the world 1000 vins du Monde 2015 is prepared by the Union od French oenologists.
We are truely excited to announce that Pálava 2011 Grand Sonberk is listed in this famous book, showing us again, how succesful in the worldwide competiton our wine can be.
Buy on our eshop!
Dear Sonberk fans,
We are truely gratefull for our view on Pálava hills, we believe that our view is inspiring for you too!
We call for submission of your pictures from Sonberk, with a bottle or glass of wine, we will publish them on our FB profile, the ones with most of likes are the winners and will be rewarded!
Please send the pictures to the chat box on our FB profile, or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much, have a nice winter days and Cheers!
Dear Sonberk fans!
We are again successful on the biggest and the most quality wine competition of the Czech Republic – Prague Wine Trophy - with average rating of 89,19 points! Out of 16 medals there are 5x Regional Champion, 3x Prime Gold and 7x Gold! Check out our "working"chart! :-)
Most of these wine will be available for tasting on the event Gala Degustace, on Monday 26th of January, 3 - 8 pm, in Hotel Internacional, Praha 6, Koulova 15. We are looking forward to meet you there!
Dear Sonberk´s friends! We would like to invite you to our wine tasting, this time to Plzeň to Divadelní Klub, we are begining at 7 pm on 28th of May. Reservations to be send on email@example.com. We are looking forward to meet you there!
For your inspiration we prepared these gift packages from Sonberk, contact us, we will offer a gift tailored to you!
We start with bottle of wine in designed cardboard box for CZK 235 and end with luxury wooden casette for 6 bottles of top wine from our winery. To the gift boxes we can add also original Sonberk products like jam, honey, jelly, levander pocket, postacards or wine opener, everything according to your wish - just ask, we will make the offer tailored to you!
Dear Sonber fans!
We would like to invite you to Prague, come to taste us!
During the weekend we will be the guests in rastaurant La Bouchée Brno, come to taste the portfolio during the whole saturday, there is a festival Víno z blízka! To buy chosen bottles, come on Sunday to FSS on Komeského náměstí.
We prepared a chart of our medals and awards from world wide competitions, we will add the recent ones continuously :-)
|Pálava 2011, ps||Prague Wine Trophy||Prague Regional Champion 2014|
|Pálava 2011, ps||Vinandino Argentina||Gold|
|Pálava 2011, ps||Finger Lakes IWC Rochester||Gold|
|Pálava 2011, VzH||Prague Wine Trophy||Gold|
|Pálava 2011, ps||Terravino Israel IWSC||Silver|
|Pálava 2011, ps||San Francisco IWC||Silver|
|Pálava 2011, ps||1000 vins du Monde||Silver|
|Pálava 2011, ps||Decanter Wolrd Wine Awards||Bronze|
|Pálava 2012||Muvina Prešov||Gold|
|Pálava 2012||IWC Fingerlakes USA||Silver|
|Pálava 2012||IWC San Francisco||Bronze|
|Pálava 2013||IWSC Hong Kong 2014||Bronze|
|Ryzlink rýnský 2012||IWC San Francisco||GOLD|
|Ryzlink rýnský 2012||IWC Fingerlakes||Silver|
|Ryzlink rýnský 2011||Oenoforum 2013||Šampion kategorie|
|Ryzlink rýnský 2011||Selection mondilal Canada||GOLD
Dear Sonberk friends!
We have the honor to offer the first wine of the year 2014 - The only wine that we produce as young wine, since 2004.
Our Young Muscat is always dry, with apricot and citrus aromas and a subtle hint of herbs and wildflowers. The typical Muscat aromatics is only a light touch, and manifests itself equally in the aroma and the taste. The wine is fresh, delicate and fruity on the palate, but sufficiently full and spicy, thanks to the old plants and exceptional vineyard Sonberk. The vinatge determinates the fine harmony of aromas and flavors, resulting in a very well balanced wine, attractive and easily drinkable with a typical signature of its winemaker Oldřich Drápal jr.. Available from November 11th till December 31st.
Pumpkin risotto with ginger and Pecorino Romano
Heat olive oil and fry shallots and confited (or fresh) garlic, then add fresh ginger and diced pumpkin. Sauté well and then add pumpkin puree, which you can prepare from salted cooked pumpkin. Fry the rice for risotto (Arborio or Carnaroli) and add vegetable broth. Cook for approximately 15-17 min. until the rice is al dente. Add pecorino romano cheese and butter, season with salt and pepper as needed. Garnish with pumpkin seeds.
Michal Prachař, co-owner of the restaurant Borgo Agnese
Make a reservation on firstname.lastname@example.org
Buy on our eshop!
We would like to thank to everyone who came to visit us during the summer season, from now on we are open Monday to Friday 9 am to 3 pm!
Dear Sonberk lovers!
On Thursday 16th of October Vladka Mrazova (manager of marketing&trade) goes to Vinná Galerie, she is bringing not only traditional flagships, but also new wines which are not yet on the market!
Who cannot make it on Thursday can come on Tuesday 21st of October to hotel International in Brno. There is a last stop of a tour of Alliance V8. Make reservations on email@example.com
On Wednesday 22nd of October we are having tasting in a small, nice wine bar U3deci. The winemaker himself will come and explain everything you need to know about our wines. Reservations to be done on firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 607 038 474.
We are looking forward to meet you!
Your Sonberk :-)
Tour V8 is coming to its end. Last stop is planned on the 21st of October, in Brno hotel Internationa§ at 4 pm. Come to taste not only 10 Sonberk wines, but also more than 40 others from our alliance friends.
Make a reservation on email@example.com
We are looking forward to meet you there!
The one before last stop of the Tour of Alliance V8 is in Olomouc.
We will present also our new comers from Silver Sonberk line - the year 2013!
For more information go to Decanté web - the main organizator of the event.
We are looking forward to meet you there!
The dinner is taking place in La Bouchée Brno, on 17th of September, at 6.30 pm.
Reservation are accepted on firstname.lastname@example.org, or 542 212 560.
We are looking forward to see you!
Tour of Alliance V8 is coming to Pardubice. On Thursday the 4th of September at 4 pm we can meet you in the hotel Zlatá Štika!
Unique opportunity to taste the wine of current winners of Winery of the year and Winemaker of the year! Sonberk, Volarik are coming together with other members Kolby, Vino Marcincak, Nove Vinarstvi an the new one Krasna hora.
The program remains unchanged - tasting of more than 50 wines, together with the selection of The Best 8 of the V8.
Reservations accepted on email@example.com, we are looking forward to see you!
You can vote for us through http://www.topvinarskycil.cz/.
Everybody is welcome in Sonberk. We hope you will enjoy the wines, the view, the building and many more, simply all together...
Michal Šetka was a supervisor for other 4 authors of this great project. The Guide recomends more than 800 wines and refers about almost 200 wineries. And what can you find there? "Readers can look forward to comprehensive and clearly elaborated publication about Czech and Moravian wine and wineries, this has been missing on the Czech market. Every year it will bring complete and well-arranged summary of general information from all particular regions and also the news and information about current activities in our home wine scene. And of course especially entirely independent evaluation and selection of the best and the most interesting things in the current portfolio of our winemakers."
Sonberk got 3 stars, what that means? "Well established winery producing outstanding or excellent wines in the longterm."
We thank very much to all authors and wish them and to the Guide a lot of success! :-)
New Sonberk wines, Pálava 2012 and Rosé Merlot 2013, succeeded in Bratislava in Trunkfest competition. Rosé Merlot 2013 even won its category of Rosé dry wines, both got Gold medal!!!
The Alliance V8 prepared a wine tasting in Prague too. We can meet in Alcron this Thursday at 4 pm, there will be a possibility to taste up to 60 samples of wine and meet the wine makers or other representatives from the wineries. We are looking forward to meet you there! For reservations send an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graceful, dry Pálava from the sunny year 2011 won its category in the international competition Prague Wine Trophy. It recieved the prize of Prague Regional Champion!
Prague Wine Trophy in an international competition for wines from all over the world. Talking about the number of registred wines it is the biggest in The Czech Republic. The magazine Vino Revue is the organizer.
Oenoforum 2014 - Czech International Wine Competition with Special Sauvignon Award uder the patronage of OIV (The International Organisation of Vine and Wine in Paris), that is the official name of the competition organized by the Czech Wine association.
Our Ryzlink rýnský 2011 won in the category of white, dry, wines, older than 2012.
Full very mineral wine of golden-green color, aroma reminiscent of bee wax and petroleum with undertones of herbs – wild thyme. Yellow fruits on palate, apricot juice in taste, lime peel, touch of acacia honey. Expressive in aftertaste, structured and long. Good for archiving up to 10 years.
The whole report and other results can be found here.
Dear Sonberk Fans!
Last week we were on the road in the west part of our country. In the restaurant Divadelní klub in Plzen we performed the last wine tasting, for more than 80 guests! It was a very nice evening and we thank to VINOTHEUM for inviting us for this occasion.
On Thursday we joined our colleagues from Alliance V8 Krásná hora, Kolby, Víno Marcinčák, Nové vinařství a Vinařství Volařík in Clarion Congress Hotel České Budějovice. We were there for all lovers of Moravian wine with guaranteed origin and quality. We also introduced The Best 8 of V8, 8 wines chosen in blind wine tasting by the winemakers of V8 wineries. These can be ordered in eshop of every V8 winery, in our one too. And which wines you can find in the exclusive wooden box, which you get as a gift from us?
Ryzlink rýnský a Pálava 2012, Velký Sonberk
Muller Thurgau 2013, Vinařství Volařík
Sauvignon 2013, Víno Marcinčák
Ryzlink rýnský 2011, Nové vinařství
Sauvignon 2010, Kolby
Frankovka 2012, straw wine, Víno Marcinčák
Cuvée Bernety 2012, Krásná hora
Important note would be that the 3rd stop of V8 Tour accross CR is closer and closer! 19th of June we are looking forward to meet you in Plzen, Angelo Hotel, we are starting at 4 pm, resarvations on email@example.com
The Festival of open wineries took place in a few villages "Under the Pálava" 26th and 27th of April, we are glad to say that in Sonberk there were few hunreds of visitors, we estimate around 1500!
You can find some more photos on our Facebook.
Who would regret of not participating, we have a good news :-) Sonberk is open for you every day, all bank holidays included, from 10 am to 5 pm! We are looking forward to your visit any time during the week and on the 1st and 8th of May in particular!
Our extra dry cabinet Moravian Muscat 2013 Silver Sonberk won the Double Gold Medal in the competition Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2014 USA! Wine has a great richness on the palate, delicate flavor, with original Sonberk´s mandarin orange peel emerging in the aftertaste. However it is still fresh and pleasantly aromatic.
Also our Palava, Riesling and Chardonnay & Pinot Gris from the year 2012 gain precious medals. A complete list of results can be found on the competition website.
On Friday evening 28 March Sonberk terrace got filled with Rudy Linka´s jazz-blues guitar creations and Tina Prindle´s wonderful gospel voice. The weather was lovely that evening so 150 guests enjoyed the sunset celebrating Sonberk being awarded "Winery of the year 2013" and opening the summer season 2014.
Within the summer season 2014 Sonberk is open until the end of October every day, including Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays - always from 10.00 to 17.00.
Any restrictions on opening hours - especially during Saturdays because of the wedding ceremonies - we always advise in advance on our website and on Facebook. Further informations can be given on phone 777 630 434 or by email at sonberk (a) sonberk.cz - please contact us.
Dear friends, we cordially invite you to the tasting in Brno´s club Charlie´s on Kobližná street in Saturday 29 March from 19.00 hrs. Tickets are 150 CZK per person and you can book via Mr. Tomáš Šetnička at redaktorbastila(a)seznam.cz.
Within the Tábor wine festival in March we will be competing with our dry Pálava 2011. Come and join the "MY WINE" contest where you can taste and rate 20 wine samples as a professional sommeliér. The prep-rounds take place in Tábor, Brno and Prague, the final will be held in Tábor:
We cordially invite you to a very exceptional concert of the New York jazz guitarist of Czech origin Mr. Rudy Linka, which will be held at the winery Sonberk on Friday 28th March 2014 from 18.00, and which officially opens this summer's tourist season.
Rudy Linka´s last CD "Re: connect" was rated as "as one of the best for 2013" by the criticis of the magazine Downbeat. The spectacular guitar creations of Rudy Linka would not be complete without the captivating gospel vocals of the American singer Tina Prindle, who is one of America´s most valued young talents.
Please note, that due to the very limited capacity at Sonberk, all tickets must be booked and confirmed in advance. Reservations are accepted by phone (+420 777 630 434 ) or email (sonberk(a)sonberk.cz), the payment can be collected cash on the day of the concert:
Basic ticket: 320 CZK, includes two types of wine tasting before the show
Sonberk ticket: 620 CZK, with a bottle of wine from Sonberk
VIP ticket: 980 CZK, includes a buffet, meeting and autographs with Rudy Linka after the concert, afterparty until midnight.
Again this year we managed all the way to the finals of WINERY OF THE YEAR! On Monday 24 February, we have been rated by the professional jury at SONBERK and now we are waiting for YOUR VOTES. You can support us by voting on www.vindemiapublica.cz. We don´t mind if you do so every 24 hours until 24 March ;-)
Beside of supporting Sonberk as your favorite winery you can win some very decent prices: a trip, sommelier courses, tickets to the Wine Salon and lots of good wine. The winner will be announced 27.3. at a gala evening at the Trade Fair Palace in Prague NG.
Thanks for your support and cheers on good wine!
On Friday, the 7th March 2014 we cordialy invite you to the annual 10. competition in vine cutting, which will be held at Sonberk winery from 8 AM. Both professionals and leisure cutters and viewers are welcome.
More info for competitors: Mrs. Renata Hlavačková, tel. 774 576 923, email: marketing(a)vinarskepotreby.cz
This year, for the second time, you´ll find Sonberk alongside with Veuve Clicquot partnering the award gala event for the best Czech design works - Cech Grand Design. Sonberk is the only Czech winery ever chosen to partner this event.
The National Technical Museum now features an exhibition of the nominated designers and their work, from January 24. until the end of March.
Announcement of the winners and the award ceremony will be held on 9 March 2014 in the Stavovské divadlo in Prague.
For more information, please visit Czech Grand Design.
On Wednesday February 5th we cordially invite you to the reception of Zdenek Merta´s new short-stories book The Prague Wedding. More info on Neoluxor´s website.
The official topic of the tasting: The Wine From Traditional Wine-Growing Regions - as one of the 18 global sample wines Pálava 2011 from Sonberk was positively received: "Floral and fresh nose, has substance, can age, is stable. Very good, can represent," assessed Wilibald Balanjuk President Club der Weinakademiker a leading Masterclass.