The Znojmo region has become synonymous with wine. Wine from this region is truly great and unique. Many tourists will also recall wonderful nature of the Podyjí National Park and a dense network of cycling paths all across the region. History lovers may know of the region’s notable monuments, including technical ones. All of these features can be combined into a single, compelling itinerary. but increasingly for foreign tourists too. Visitors are often surprise by the vast and diverse range of activities and places of interest in the region. No wonder that the number of returning visitors keeps growing. One of the region’s greatest attraction is its wine. Even wines of the same grape variety and from the same vineyard do differ year on year due to the variable climate each year. Open days in wine cellars are becoming increasingly popular and they také place in many wine-making areas. Wine lovers can try golden or ruby coloured potions also from small winemakers who don’t typically sell their products. The Znojmo wine terroir is the first one in the Czech Republic to boast with controlled designation of origin VOC Znojmo. This label can be used for Riesling, Green Veltliner and Sauvignon varieties made in one of the 16 wineries that are members of the VOC Znojmo association. These wines must originate from selected vineyards and pass through a selection process where the committe only selects those that represent best the variety and the Znojmo terroir. Given the strict criteria of the selection process, the high quality is guaranteed with VOC wines.
Many visitors return to the Znojmo region because of its wine. While the natural or historic sights do not tend to change so much, wine is different each year due to the climatic conditions. The Znojme wine sub-region is ideal for white grape varieties. Aromatic varieties in particular gain unique flavours due to the significant temperature differences during the day and night. Red wines are becoming more prominent too as the climate warms up overall. The first appellation VOC Znojmo – the local equivalent of AOC – originates from the Znojmo region. The VOC Znojmo association includes 18 wineries at present. VOC Znojmo wines include typical varieties such as Grüner Veltliner, Rhine Riesling and Sauvignon. Before a wine is granted the VOC Znojmo certification, it has to be classified. Two thirds of the certifying panel have to agree that the wine is typical of its variety and reflects the Znojmo terroir. The strict criteria ensure that the wines are guaranteed to be of the highest quality. Rhine Riesling has recently become available in a new, higher quality product line - VOC Znojmo royal selection – that requires double certification while the wine matures.
Private wineries open their cellars to the public at certain times of the year and wine lovers can then try wines from smaller producers that are normally not available in retail.
The Znojmo region is the promised land for tourists – whether they enjoy getting around on foot, bike, water or horseback. The Podyjí National Park has been mostly untouched by human activity and visitors can find pristine nature and rare species of animals and plants there.
History fans should not miss the gothic castle Bítov, chateau in Vranov nad Dyjí and other attractions – including technical ones.
Not to be missed in the Znojmo region
: Gothic castle Bítov, Baroque chateau in Vranov nad Dyjí, the old chateau in Jevišovice, chateau in Uherčice, castle Nový hrádek u Lukova, chateau and art gallery in Slatina, chateau in Bohutice with an exhibition of the Way of the Cross.
: Baroque mill in Slup, the oldest Central European dam in Jevišovice, Motorcycle Museum in Lesná, Museum of Motoring in Znojmo, „Zahrada“ fort in Šatov.
: National Park Podyjí, Natural Park Jevišovka, pond in Jaroslavice (3rd biggest in Moravia).
: Šobes vineyard, Old vineyards, Rajská vineyards and Lampelberg ( including wine tastings), Louka monastery, wine trail and painted cellar in Šatov, cellar labyrinth in Šatov, tours of wine alleys and cellars.
: Other places of interest: shopping centres Freeport and Excalibur City in Hatě, Kristek’s glypthotheque.