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Wine heaven…

Self-guided cycling holidays in the Czech RepublicIf you enjoy a glass or two of wine, especially on holiday, then you will be delighted to know that there are very few Inntravel holidays that don’t afford you this opportunity. Ordering a locally-produced variety with your evening meal after an enjoyable day’s exercise, or stopping off en route for a sip of rosé at a wayside café, can be simple, but pleasurable, experiences in their own right.

And, while our itineraries aren’t ‘wine tours’ as such, there are several that pay particular homage to the noble grape – perhaps none more so than our new cycling route in the Czech Republic, Wine Trails of South Moravia

Imagine pedalling gently through the small and tidy Moravian town of Sedlec, before emerging onto a dedicated cycleway right alongside the renowned local winery.

Self-guided cycling holidays in the Czech RepublicNo invitation is needed: simply park your bicycle up at the waiting bike-stand (there’s plenty of room), and stroll over to a small wooden kiosk (right), specifically created to offer tastings to two-wheeled passers-by (and occasionally those on foot).

The prices are low (the equivalent of around a euro for a generous tasting sample of good-quality wine) and the quality is very high indeed. Especially if you splash out a few extra Czech crowns for some of the sweeter varieties: ‘straw wine’, perhaps (an aromatic style made from grapes dried out on straw mats); or ‘ice wine’, which is very rare and tastes like nectar, its tiny yields due to the fact that it has been pressed from frozen grapes.

The latter is prohibitively expensive to taste, let alone to buy, in most wine-producing countries; but this problem simply does not arise in the Czech Republic, where the value for money is quite outstanding.

Then imagine yourself entering the courtyard at the magnificent château (below) in the historic town of Valtice. Lock up your bike, before following signs down to the cavernous cellar, lurking directly below this magnificent building.

Here you will find the amazing Wine Salon of the Czech Republic, where, for around 15 euros or the cost of a decent pub lunch back home, you can wander at will among the permanent wine-tasting exhibition, glass in hand, as you take your pick from the top 100 wines in the entire country (as selected by a dedicated judging panel each year). There’s no snootiness or one-upmanship here: it’s simply a very pleasant and relaxed way in which to enjoy the fruit of the Czech vintners’ labours, and also an interesting way to find out a little bit more about this complex and very rewarding drink.

So, we firmly believe that there’s no need to consider specialist wine holidays if you wish to get a taste of what countries like the Czech Republic have to offer. Just get on your bike, take in the wonderful scenery and admire the sumptuous architecture… dropping in for tastings now and then as you go. It’s a wonderful way to travel!

Our cycling holiday in the Czech Republic
The Sedlec Winery and Wine Salon of the Czech Republic both feature on our 6-night self-guided cycling holiday in the Czech Republic, Wine Trails of South Moravia.

Self-guided cycling holidays in the Czech Republic

Posted: 10/05/2013 15:59:21 by | with 0 comments
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