Vinobraní

Burčák is the perfect companion for those warm September days spent outdoors watching summer slowly turn into fall

September, the month of shortening days, last-minute summer plans, and if you’re fortunate enough to be in the Czech Republic, burčák, the sweet, fermented young wine from Moravia.

Appearing during the first weeks of the grape harvest, the drink has gained immense popularity outside of Moravia in recent years. Mild and sweet-tasting, burčák is the perfect companion for those warm September days spent outdoors watching summer slowly turn into fall. Newcomers beware though, as its innocent appearance and fruity taste can be deceptive, and if you’re not careful, you might find yourself consuming much more of the tasty fermented drink than you had anticipated.

In Prague, the biggest wine festival featuring burčák is Vinobraní na Grébovce, which will be taking place in Vinohrady’s Havlíčkovy sady this year on the 25th and 26th of September. There is also Trojské vinobraní on the 12th of September at the Garden Troja Castle in Troja, and if you want to get out of Prague and experience a bit of village life, there is Mělnické vinobraní, which takes place from September 18th to 20th about forty-eight kilometers north of Prague in the town of Mělník. All of these festivals will have crafts, food, music, and of course, lots of wine.

While you can find young wine in other central European countries like Austria and Germany, burčák is strictly Czech, its name now being protected under EU legislation.

The burčák season runs only until late November, so head down to your local vinotéka or check out one of these festivals while supplies last.

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