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Snooth User: Vaclava Havirova

Moravian Wines

Posted by Vaclava Havirova, Aug 25, 2015.

Dear Friends of Wine,

Moravian wines losts on Region ´s map. Moravia, it is part of the Czech Republic. Production  of wine is low.Wine production is small, but there is a lot of interest relating to wine. The history of wine growing dates back to the Roman era. Look at Begins burčák- specialty Moravia - photo.

Wendy Havirova


Reply by vin0vin0, Aug 25, 2015.

Vaclava, welcome to snooth, I'm always interested in unusual/rare wines and any wine from lesser known winemaking areas.

OK, you got me, just what kind(s) of grapes is burčák made from and how is it made and most importantly, what does it taste like?

Reply by zufrieden, Aug 25, 2015.

OK, this one got me too- at first... and I've even travelled through Moravia... although, not exactly at leisure.  The best way of putting it is that this is special primeur consisting of run-off juice, sugar and a little time for fermenting.  It is unclarified and more like "grape beer".

So... it is not, I think, a grape, but rather, a drink.  It is likely made from a variety of white varieties such as Muller-Thurgau, Sylvaner, Riesling and other well-known wines most often associated with Deutschland.

BTW, I have not tasted it, but when next in the east of the Czech Republic or Slovakia, I shall make every effort to try it!

Reply by Vaclava Havirova, Aug 28, 2015.

Definition burčák
Wine was the traditional name for a partially fermented must made in Moravia and Bohemia from local grapes.

Wine law specifies indicators where Burčák may be served to the consumer. It may thus be called only products made from grapes originating in Bohemia and Moravia. Into circulation, it may only be made during the period from 15 August to 30 November (Section 15 of the Act.). The alcohol content must be at least 1% of the actual alcohol and a maximum of 3/5 of the total alcohol content.

If the origin of the grapes other than in the Czech Republic should not be labeled as a product Burčák, but as partially fermented must.

In Austria, it is to be disposed as Sturm.

Young wine has a slightly laxative effect manifested primarily at consumers who drink it for the first time in his life. Popular with malovinaři South Moravia, who can wait hours for fermenting barrel on the right "moment".

Come & Taste!!

Reply by zufrieden, Aug 29, 2015.

I will give this drink a try on my next trip to Central Europe.  I was aware that all the grapes are sourced from the Czech Republic which is a good thing.


Reply by GregT, Aug 30, 2015.

Well, I have a bottle of Olazrizling from Moravia that I'm looking at right now. Promised to drink it with a friend who's curious about such things.

I don't know that particular wine, but I know the grape pretty well and I'm curious.


Reply by zufrieden, Sep 1, 2015.

 Well, the Olazrizling is, I think, inferior clone of the Johannesburg Riesling - in the same vein as Laski Rizling ( or Welschriesling - which means foreign, or inferior Riesling, one supposes).

You may wish to confirm, however.

May we meet soon, amicus.



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