Among the successful candidates for this year’s mark was the winery Chateau Valtice – Vinné sklepy Valtice, which today could start bottling the wines that will bear the mark. But the winery from Valtice is already selling the first wine from this year’s grapes, only under its own brand.
While the Valtice winery applied for the Svatomartinská brand with the Veltlínské red early, Müller Thurgau and Moravian muscat varieties for white wines, St. Lawrence and Modrý Portugal for reds and with rosé from St. Lawrence, it sells the První this year’s wine from the Sylvanské zelené, Müller Thurgau and Svatovvřinecké varieties. .
“This year was not easy at all, but the quality of the grapes is perfect. Healthy grapes and above average natural sugar content. These are the two basic characteristics of this year’s vintage. We usually release the first wine of the year on the market two weeks before Martin, they offer a preview of this year’s vintage. One of the reasons is that our Sylvanian wine is not an official variety of St. Martin’s wine,” said David Šťastný on behalf of the winery.
The difference is also in the number of bottles. While the winery has 11,000 bottles of its own brand of the first wine, it expects to sell 115,000 bottles of St. Martin’s.
63 winemakers with 285 wines applied for the label in the first round of evaluation, 95 percent of them were successful. Those who failed the first time can work with the wines for another week and submit them to the second round of evaluation. It usually produces 20 percent of St. Martin’s wines, mostly reds, with which the winemakers need to work longer.
“This year’s St. Martin’s Müller Thurgau varieties stand out with notes of ripe white peach with juicy acids. Moravian geraniums are beautifully citrusy, some with a touch of ripe kiwi. Veltlín red early has a fresh juicy taste and stands out with a light, noble aroma with notes of mango, lime and other exotic fruits. Rosés generally have a pleasant touch of strawberry yogurt or contain soft yogurt notes of forest fruit. The red ones, on the other hand, are velvety soft, with the scent of violet flowers and other spring meadow herbs and with spicy freshness,” said Petr Gondáš from the National Winery Center.
According to the first estimates, two million bottles under the Svatomartinská brand will go on the market again this year. The exact number of species will be clear after the second round of evaluation, which will take place on November 1.