The Presentation of Sonberk Winery
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The Presentation of Sonberk Winery „The quality, created from the unique harmony of the soil and sun…“ SONBERK is one of outstanding modern wineries in middle Europe, which owns 40 hectares of top-quality vineyard „Sonberk“ and produces 100,000 bottles of wine per year only from this vinyard, which is known already in XIIIth century. The wines from Sonberk considered exceptional already in 1520 and delivered to the Prague Castle in 1522. Its unique character is outstanding and interesting location by the nearness of Palava lakes which offers an unforgettable view of Palava mountain is beautiful. Today we are writing a new chapter in its history and using its unique micro climate in such a way, so as to allow the genius of nature to influence the development of our wines as much as possible. That’s why we make the new winery building in the middle of this beautiful place, and that’s why it is built by maybe the best contemporary architect Mr. Josef Pleskot. The harvest is strictly reduced by a careful selection of grapes. Wine production is based on modern technology, as well as top class care in de-stemming, pressing and controlled fermentation. That’s why the wines are characterized by their intense, full-body and deep, with the winemaker’s unique signature, leaving behind and unforgettable impression and originality of smoothness and aromatic nature. Cellar master, Oldřich Drapal Jr., is the first producer of straw wines in the Czech Republic. He enjoys the reputation of not only producing these unique sweet wines, but also dry wines which each year receive awards both at home and abroad — gold and silver medals: VINALIES PARIS, MUNDUS VINI, DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS, MUVINA, VINOFORUM, MONDIAL BRUSEL. History It is prooved that Sonberk planted wine already in XIII. century and thanks to it´s location it produced famous popic wines, which for example in year 1520 reached unique reputation in the whole country and in year 1522 winemakers were asked to deliver their wine to prague castle for famous ceremony dinners of Jagiellonian. Ludvig Jagiellonian was king of Czech and Hungaria at that time. Production The following varieties of wine have been planted: Rheinriesling , Sauvignon, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot gris, Chardonnay, Palava and Moravian Muscat. 18 ha of new vineyrds were newly planted out (out of the total 40 ha) in year 2004 on a basis of an analyse of geological survey which was focused on convenient wine varieties. Wine is treated and leaves are selected during vegetation period by hands, hand pick of grapes is obvious and necessary for a quality of consequently produced wine. Unique matter is harvest which is strictly controlled and reduced. Average quantity of harvested grapes per one wine bush is around 1 kg. Grapes are harvested in several phases according to a year of vintage and quality. To state an optimal time of harvest, trial picks are made as well as laboratory analyses. About Winery SONBERK is a modern winery which produces white and special wines from traditional unique „Sonberk“ vineyard known from XIII. century in region Mikulov... We produce wine from hand picked own grapes from purposly limited harvests to achieve deep and typical delicious vintage which carries a character of the place and excellent soil composition, carries care of a wine grower who takes care of vine and grapes, are created by cellarman who turns grapes into wine, into a typical „sonberk“ wine suitable for everyday healthy sip, for special occasions and for archiving...wine with signature of Sonberk. Quantity of harvested grapes per one bush is around 0,5 to 1,5 kg. Year production is maximally 150 000 bottles of white quality wines with special atributes and of special wines. The reason of limited quantity is to achieve and keep the highest possible quality of the whole production, which is experienced not only by presidents. Wines won several awards on international wine competitions...Vinalies Paris, International Wine & Spirits Competition, Wine Challenge, Mundus Vini Germany, VINITALY, World Wine Awards Decanter. SONBERK is determinated as a winery form whose wine "you can´t have a headache " - the most natural regarding vine planting and mostly with regards to a production of healthy wine without any extra human intervention and without adding of any substances including beet sugar or reduces must, without any conservations except the only one which is used for centuries – sulphite in minimal quantity. This enables careful harvest, care of people and high technology. Cheers!