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Vrbovec Wine Village

Vrbovec Wine Village

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THE FIRST WRITTEN RECORD OF THE VILLAGE OF VRBOVEC COMES FROM 1137. IN 1230 GERMAN COLONISTS FROM THE RHINE REGION SETTLED AT VRBOVEC ON INVITATION OF THE PREMONSTRATENSIANS OF LOUKA, BRINGING GRAPEVINES WITH THEM.  IN 1580 THE VILLAGE OF VRBOVEC IS MENTIONED AS DESERTED, BUT AFTER THE BATTLE OF WHITE MOUNTAIN IN 1620 AN INFLUX OF GERMAN SETTLERS INCREASED  THE POPULATION AGAIN.  LATER THE WHOLE REGION WAS HIT THIS TIME BY THE THIRTY YEARS´ WAR WHEN ZNOJMO WAS OCCUPIED BY SWEDES, WHO BURNT THE WIDER SURROUNDINGS IN THE COURSE OF THEIR SHORT STAY THERE.  FURTHER CATASTROPHES IN THE HISTORY OF VRBOVEC WAS THE CLASH BETWEEN THE AUSTRIANS AND NAPOLEON IN 1809, THE CHOLERA EPIDEMICS IN 1866 AND THE FLOOD TEN YEARS LATER. 

Today, Vrbovec is one of the major wine villages of the Znojmo region with nice wine cellar lanes, a number of sacral buildings, the natural beauty of Ječmeniště or the row of Czechoslovak fortifications built in the years 1935 – 1938, which includes two infantry log cabins and two light fortifications.  
The today the deserted village of Ječmeniště was founded in 1787 in the place of an abandoned yard in an estate belonging to the Louka Monastery.

The original population of 24 people grew and in 1834 there were 35 houses in the village occupied by 150 people.  In 1886 a school was opened at Ječmeniště attended by more than 43 pupils.  In 1900 the population of Ječmeniště already included over 260 residents. Ječmeniště’s history lasted until 1948, when the communists seized power, closed the borders with neighbouring Austria as the iron curtain fell and commenced expatriation of the local residents.  Totalitarian power finally destroyed the village completely.

LAMPELBERG, ŠÁC, DOLINA, VINNÁ HORA AND WALDBERG VINEYARD ESTATES



In the surroundings of the wine castle of Lampelberg, there are several vineyards, namely Lampelberg, Šác, Dolina and Vinná hora. The slopes especially in the surroundings of the castle were also used as pastures for sheep, goats and cattle.  After World War II pastoralism was terminated in connection with the expatriation of the Ječmeniště village after the closing of the borders.  The slopes around Lampelberg are still terraced as a reminder of socialist agriculture.  As the locality used to be, and still is, an area favourable for viticulture, an attempt was made to plant vineyards on the slopes below Lampelberg. Old vine heads have been preserved here and there. The narrow and not easily accessible terraces were soon abandoned due to low profitability. 

On the 119 hectares of vineyards in the surroundings of the castle, LAHOFER Winery today grows primarily the varieties Grüner Veltliner, Rhine Riesling, Pinot Noir, Welschriesling, Pinot Gris and Saint Laurent, used for production of excellent premium quality wines.  In addition to these most common varieties, the slopes of Lampelberg are also favourable for varieties like Müller Thurgau, Gewürztraminer, Neuburger, Moravian Muscat, Sauvignon, Zweigeltrebe, Merlot, Pinot Blanc, Frühroter Veltliner or Chardonnay.

LAMPELBERG VINEYARD ESTATE 

The highest spot height: Ovčí vrch hill, 292 m above sea level 
The lowest spot height: Local point called "Ivanka", 250 m above sea level 

VARIETY COMPOSITION

Chardonnay 1,6 ha Panonia Kincse 0,7 ha    
Merlot     2,5 ha Pinot Noir 8,0 ha    
Blauer Portugieser 1,4 ha Pinot Gris 5,3 ha    
Moravian Muscat 1,0 ha Rhine Riesling 14,1 ha    
Neuburger 2,4 ha Saint Laurent 1,0 ha    
 
TOTAL AREA 38,0 ha



ŠÁC VINEYARD ESTATE

The highest spot height: 290 m above sea level 
The lowest spot height: 260 m above sea level 

VARIETY COMPOSITION

Müller Thurgau     4,7 ha Saint Laurent 1,3 ha    
Moravian Muscat 1,1 ha Gewürztraminer  2,1 ha    
Yellow Muscat 1,5 ha Frühroter Veltliner 1,7 ha
Pinot Gris 1,2 ha Grüner Veltliner 13,7 ha    
Sauvignon 4,9 ha        
 
TOTAL AREA 31,9 ha



DOLINA VINEYARD ESTATE

The highest spot height: 260 m above sea level 
The lowest spot height: 235 m above sea level

VARIETY COMPOSITION

Müller Thurgau 3,2 ha Grüner Veltliner 4,1 ha    
Neuburger     3,4 ha        
Pinot Blanc 4,4 ha        
Pinot Gris 1,1 ha        
Welschriesling     5,7 ha        
 
TOTAL AREA 22,1 ha



VINNÁ HORA VINEYARD ESTATE

The highest spot height: Vinný vrch hill, 294 m above sea level 
The lowest spot height: 260 m above sea level  

VARIETY COMPOSITION

Pálava 1,0 ha        
Pinot Noir       2,6 ha        
Sauvignon 0,6 ha        
Gewürztraminer 3,2 ha        
Grüner Veltliner      4,0 ha        
 
TOTAL AREA 11,4 ha



WALDBERG VINEYARD ESTATE

The highest spot height: 246 m above sea level
The lowest spot height: 230 m above sea level

VARIETY COMPOSITION

André 1,3 ha        
Pinot Noir 3,1 ha        
Welschriesling     4,3 ha        
Saint Laurent 3,0 ha        
Zweigeltrebe 2,5 ha        
 
TOTAL AREA 14,2 ha