Wine Tasting in Melnik Castle and Town and Ossuary
Castle, Town & Ossuary. Wine Tasting. St. Ludmila's home.
Order Tour Code: C N1
Melnik is the center of Czech wine production. You
can taste the local wine in the castle cellars and see
several of the castle’s rooms. Also interesting is the
ossuary of the cathedral by the castle. It is open
4 HOUR ROUND TRIP
Melnik, the centre of Bohemian-Czech wine production, is located on the confluence of the Labe (Elbe) and Vltava Rivers.
The castle was founded in the 14th century , was rebuilt into a Renaissance chateau and later , in 1719, a Baroque chateau.
It was returned back to the original family Lobkowicz .
It is possible to taste the local wine in the castle cellars or in the castle restaurant. Besides the castle , another typical landmark of the city is st. Peter and Paul Cathedral.
An attraction for tourists is undoubtedly the ossuary in the crypt under the presbytery.
The old city centre of Melnik has survived together with the city ramparts .
The castle is open every day.
Wine grapes are cultivated throughout all of Europe, usually in vineyards, though in Finland and Iceland they are grown in greenhouses. Wine is adored throughout the world, and has cultivated an eager following of experts and aficionados for whom life without wine would be no life at all.
Once considered the nectar of the Gods, wine is also a commodity, for buying, selling, and collecting.
It is also a cytalyst for love.
Most handbooks on wine miss an important point, namely, that this royal beverage can be understood as a measure of man´s own spiritual manurity.
The grape-vine was grown in the Czech lands during the time of the Great Moravian Empire. Legend has it that Prince Svatopluk sent Prince Borivoj (the grandfather of St. Wenceslas) and his wife Ludmila a cask of wine in honour of the birth of their son in 892.
During a period of great drought, it is said that Ludmila sacrificed much of the gift to the Goddess Krosyna, hoping for rain. Her prayers were answered.
During the Middle Ages Czech grapes were grown primarily by monks, for more than just religious purposes. The Premonstratensians monks in Louka near the town Znojmo and the Cistercians at velehrad at Zernoseky owned the rights to their vineyards for centuries. Wine underwent a substantial "renaissance" under the Czech king and emperor Charles IV, who isseud an edict in 1358 calling for the cultivation of new vineyards. Wine soon became an important trade item, the selling and buying of which were influenced later by monarchs such as Rudolph II and Joseph II.
North from Prague – 1hour
1)Melnik town and castle trip number CN1 – 4hour round trip