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Znojmo Wine Town

Znojmo Wine Town

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THE TERRITORY OF TODAY’S ZNOJMO WAS ALREADY SETTLED IN THE PREHISTORIC ERA. SINCE THE EIGHTH CENTURY A.D. THE ROCK OPPOSITE THE PRESENT TOWN CENTRE AND THE CASTLE HELD A LARGE SLAVONIC FORTRESS (NOW THE HRADIŠTĚ CITY QUARTER) PROTECTING THE THAYA FORD ABOUT 900 METRES AWAY AND THE TRADE ROUTE FROM THE BOHEMIAN VALLEY TO THE DANUBE REGION. 

The first written record of Znojmo is in a fake document referring to the year 1048, by which Prince Břetislav founded a priory in Rajhrad and where Markvart, the castellan of Znojmo, was mentioned among the witnesses.  After 1092 at the latest an independent Přemyslid principality was founded there.  Under Konrad’s son Litold the First, coins were minted at the Znojmo castle - deniers of Znojmo.  

The major Přemyslid prince of Znojmo Konrad II Ota, who controlled the whole of Moravia and finally also became the Bohemian Prince, founded the Premonstratensian Monastery in Louka south of the historic town centre.  In the years 1222 - 1226 Znojmo’s status was elevated to Royal Town, by Přemysl I Otakar, the first of this kind in Moravia. It was fortified with strong walls, most of them preserved until today.
 
After a major fire, Znojmo was reconstructed in the renaissance style. Recently, it was declared an urban conservation zone.  Znojmo can boast of a number of major historic monuments - such as the Rotunda of St. Catherine, whose wall paintings recall the early history of the Bohemian state. Some historians consider it the second most important historic building in the Czech Republic after Prague Castle.  The most popular sight is the town hall tower with a gallery overlooking the whole town with its St. Nicolas’s Church , named after the patron saint of Znojmo. 

RAJSKÁ VINEYARD



The steep slope below the Old Town and St. Nicolas’s Church down to the Thaya River Valley drew the attention of the elite citizenship of Znojmo in the early 19th century. These citizens, inspired by the spirit of Viennese biedermeier, wanted another park close to the town.  The new gate and park were named after the Austrian Empress Karolina Augusta of Bavaria (1792-1872), who visited Znojmo with her imperial husband Franz I in 1833. 

Over the following decades of 19th century, Karolina’s Park was decorated with more wooden or brick arbours and observation roundels with park benches.  In 1875 the park was extended towards the south where a gated area of the Rajská Garden was created. The garden was built in the place of buried mediaeval vineyards, today renovated  in order to establish the Rajská Vineyard. 

The winemakers of LAHOFER have taken care of the Rajská Vineyard on the historic terraces of Karolina’s Park since 2010. In 2011 and 2012, on nearly 20 acres of land, the winery planted varieties such as Sauvignon, Grüner Veltliner and Rhine Riesling, the only three varieties included in the first appellation system in the Czech Republic called VOC Znojmo. The vineyard is planted using the "on the head" method, so there are no horizontal wires and every head has its own wooden support. 

Since 2013 one of the observation roundels serves over the summer tourist season as a tasting gazebo with a selection of LAHOFER wines. 

The highest spot height: Calvary group of statues, 270 m above sea level 

The lowest spot height: 245 m above sea level 

VARIETY COMPOSITION

Rhine Riesling 0,06 ha  
Sauvignon 0,06 ha  
Grüner Veltliner 0,06 ha  
 
TOTAL AREA 0,2 ha