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.
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