Bring On the Burčák!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – where to celebrate grape harvest in Prague and beyond

Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas

Written by Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas Published on 26.08.2015 10:27:55 (updated on 26.08.2015) Reading time: 3 minutes

Wine-fueled medieval pageantry, food stalls, and a variety of live performers, from dulcimer players to rocks acts, lend Czech wine harvest festivals (vinobraní) their Bacchalian spirit. From now until early October you can attend one every weekend.

Prague Wine & Harvest Festivals

Ctěnice Harvest Festival – Aug 30/Prague Vinoř
Live folk music, handicrafts, and traditional food and drink all at scenic Ctěnice castle.

Eden Wine Festival – Sept 4-5/NC Eden
A wine tasting event, degustation, and gourmet market courtesy of your local shopping center.

Toulcův dvůr Harvest Festival – Sept 12
A folksy, farmstead harvest festival which offers traditional dance lessons, grain threshing, and other downhome activities.

Vinohrady Wine Festival – Sept 11-12/Jiřího z Poděbrad Square
This eternally-popular event kicks off with folk music and tasting stations of the boozy burčák variety.

Vinohrady Wine Festival/ Image: Facebook
Vinohrady Wine Festival/ Image: Facebook

Radotín Burčákfest – Sept 12/Náměstí Sv. Petra a Pavla
Get your fill of young wine this year to the accompaniment of…an Elvis impersonator!

Troja Wine Festival – Sept 12/Troja Chateau
The courtyard of this historic chateau comes alive with flowing local vintages, puppetry, and folk song.

Botanical Garden Wine Festival – Sept 12-13/Prague Botanical Gardens
Wine tastings in the Fata Morgan Greenhouse pair with jazz music and theater (tickets purchased for this event can also be used at Troja).

Troja chateau Wine Festival: Image: Facebook
Troja chateau Wine Festival: Image: Facebook

Řepy Wine Festival – Sept 13/Řepy Monastery Garden
Lively music on the mainstage, plus tastings of Czech delicacies and wine.

Malostranské Wine Festival – Sept 19/Kampa Park
Few details were available at press time, but a plethora of festive activities and food and drink options are to be expected.

Kbely Wine Festival – Sept 19/Central Park Kbely
Historic procession, fairground attractions, marketplace, and feasting open the autumn season in Kbely.

Young wine at Grébovka/Image: Facebook
Young wine at Grébovka/Image: Facebook

Prague Castle Wine Festival – Sept 19-20
Get ready for young wine, dulcimer performances, and vineyard tours up at the castle.

Grébovka Wine Festival – Sept 25-26/Havlíčkovy Park
The festivities for this popular event begin at Náměstí Míru on Friday and continue in Grébovka Park on Saturday; taste the award-winning wines made here and more.

Kunratice Wine Festival – Sept 25-27/Kunratice Fortress
The historic seat of the Prague village of Kunratice is a charming daytrip destination and great place to sample Czech wines.

The view from Villa Richter/Image: Facebook
The view from Villa Richter/Image: Facebook

St. Wenceslas Wine Festival – Sept 27-28/Villa Richter
The oldest Czech vineyard of Prague Castle offers tastings of its top vintages along with phenomenal views of the city.

Prosek Wine Festival – Sept 27-28/Bobovka Restaurant
Celebrate at the Máchalka vineyards near the bobsleigh tracks and participate in the St. Wenceslas pilgrimage; family-friendly fun with medieval style merrymaking.

Beyond Prague

Dobřichovice vinobraní – Aug 29/Dobřichovice Chateau
To showcase over 40 wineries and importers with gourmet goodies and awarding of the 2015 Wine Growers Cup.

Doksy vinobraní – August 30/Hotel Port at Lake Máchova 
Spend a family-friendly day sipping wine and enjoying the waning moments of summer Lake Mácháč.

Kuks Wine Festival/Image: Facebook
Kuks Wine Festival/Image: Facebook

Kuks vinobraní – Sept 13/Kuks Hospital
Highpoints of this wine festival in the splendid garden of Czech Baroque gem are the staircase wine cascade and wine spa.

Mělník vinobraní – Sept 18-20/Náměstí Míru
Lots of rock bands and burčák give this event more of a music festival vibe.

Litoměřice vinobraní – Sept 18-19/Multiple locations
Possibly the largest wine harvest festival in Northern Bohemia, expect medieval pageantry and a rich line-up of activities and tastings.

Kunětice vinobraní – Sept 19/Kunětická hora castle
Free bus transport from Pardubice and Hradec Kralove to the Kunětická hora castle site which boasts numerous winemakers and gastronomic delights.

Karlštějn Wine Festival/Image: Facebook
Karlštějn Wine Festival/Image: Facebook

Karlštějn Vinobraní – Sept 26-27 2015/Courtyard and Castle Square
Among the most famed harvest festivals takes place in and around the ramparts of this Gothic stunner. Arrive via vintage steamer train this year!

Moravian Wine Festivals

The Znojmo Grape Harvest Festival – September 11-13/Multiple locations
Fireworks, jousting, and a parade (this year unique silver and gold coins will be thrown) are just a few of the magical events happening at this historic vintage.

Pálava Grape Harvest Festival – September 11-14/in Mikulov
If you haven’t yet been to charming Mikulov there is no better time than this festival featuring 500 area wines.

Pálava Grape Harvest Festival in Mikulov/Image: Facebook
Pálava Grape Harvest Festival in Mikulov/Image: Facebook

Slovácko Wine Festival and Open Monuments Day – Sept 12-13/Uherské Hradiště
Wine festival with food, folk dancing, costumed revelry, and an open door policy to explore the local monuments.

Valtice Grape Harvest Festival – October 3-5/Multiple locations
Valtice region wine, young wine, and, this being Moravia, costumes, of course.

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