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Vineyards
and Winery

Vineyards

It all started in Ratíškovice, with Nácestky, my grandfather’s old original vineyard

Which we expanded by adding a neighbouring plot to a whole 0.22 hectares, which was a considerable size for us at the time,” Marek Vybíral Sr. recalls. Immediately afterwards, we had the opportunity to plant another 0.22 hectares in Ratíškovice on Díly, which is, to be honest, a less exciting vineyard. For a long time, we considered getting rid of the plot, but we finally made peace with it. We also have 0.11 ha in Hrubé pole, which is the „Grand Cru“ of Ratíškovice, and another 0.09 ha in Nácestky. All these plots are planted with Riesling and Sauvignon, two grapes that do well on poor sandy soils.

Krásná hora in Starý Poddvorov is a whole different story

It’s a south-oriented slope with awesome loess soil at the top of the hill, first planted by Cistercian monks in the 13th century. We’ve gradually planted seven vineyards here, mostly on neglected land. Today, our estate here totals 5.5 hectares of classic varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon, Gewurztraminer, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lužice

I fell in love with this plot the very first time I pulled up above the vineyards and looked across the hillside towards the Pálava hills. My dream was to have all our vineyards here; today we farm 10% of its surface and, due to its popularity, it’s quite clear that it’s rather impossible to get that many extra vineyards in this location. This is why we also farm on 2 hectares of sandy soil in long-term lease in nearby Lužice. The old Riesling vines here produce few but very interesting grapes.

Babušák

Our most recently acquired vineyard – a 7-hectare vineyard located on the borders of three winemaking villages. We’re still learning how to make ourselves at home there. The sun starts to shine in the early morning and the wind blows practically all the time on this peculiar, east-facing loess slope. A small forest at the very top of the hill does what it can to slow down the wind. Not all of the varieties currently planted here suit us, so we’ll gradually renew it to make sure every part of the puzzle fits together as it should.

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hectares of vineyards

4

villages

6

vineyards

1

family

The Winery

They say that every good project starts with a good brief

We told our architect Tomáš Havlíček that we wanted a building that would fit in well with its original built-up surroundings, i.e. mainly barns and wine cellars. Being the good friend that he is, he took the assignment quite literally and sketched us… three barns! We fell in love with it right away. There was no need for alternative takes, and the project just felt so right – and it’s been like this ever since. We even received an architectural award for a new building that respects its original context.

Glass bricks – element of a 1980s
Moravian village

Tomáš also wanted to introduce a „typical“ element of a 1980s Moravian village into the building design, but when we learned that he had glass bricks in mind, we wouldn’t have it – given the complicated history of the Czech countryside and its architecture, it felt too masochistic, too vivid a memory for us. However, once construction was already underway, Marek Sr. asked Tomáš how he would have incorporated them. “As soon as I saw the drawing, I had holes cut in the facade,” Marek Sr. recalls. “The sun sent its rays through them, like spotlights on a stage. I called him from the construction site to ask him if he wanted the glass bricks to be only clear or also coloured. -Could you stand coloured ones? -Absolutely!”

We are growing

Since then, we’ve added another big „barn“ with a warehouse and an office annex, and yet another extension with a solar-panel roof is in the works. As Tomáš received several architectural awards and a lot of press for the winery design, we had perhaps more architects than wine lovers coming to visit our place in the first years, but fortunately things have evened out…