Located in the south-western part of Poland, Lower Silesia region vineyards and its capital – Wroclaw, are hidden gems in the heart of Europe. With less than four hour drive from Berlin or Prague, it’s easy to add it to any 2019 European vacation itinerary, especially if you enjoy excellent wines!
From the historical standpoint, viticulture in Poland dates back to the tenth century and the first information about vineyards in Lower Silesia comes from the 13th century. Lower Silesia has the oldest wine making traditions in Poland and the region’s Jaworek vineyards – Winnice Jaworek – in Miekinia and Winsk span nearly 20 hectares of land, making Jaworek one of the largest vineyards in Poland.
When it comes climate and weather, Lower Silesia’s strongest advantage is it’s moderate temperature, without extremes in winter or summer. Lower Silesia is considered the warmest region of Poland with the longest growing season and the weather conditions in Trzebnica Hills especially, are similar to those in the very famous French Burgundy region.
As far as wine grape varieties grown in Lower Silesia region, Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris dominate the white variety and Pinot Noir, Zweigelt and Cabernet Sauvignon are among the red varieties. In the case of hybrids – successful white varieties include Solaris, Hibernal or Johanniter and among reds Rondo, Regent and Cabernet Cortis.
Every year, more and more vineyards across Poland introduce their wines for sale and Polish wine is gaining in popularity among domestic and international wine connoisseurs. The wine revival is definitely going on in Poland and although the wine might be young, it’s very good, made by very passionate people and when paired with high quality, local foods: delicious artisan cheeses and meats, a feast for the senses! Vineyard touring and wine tasting are trendy and fashionable and Lower Silesian vineyards are on the forefront of this exciting trend. The future is very bright for the growth and development of Polish wine culture and enotourism in Poland!
Ways to experience Lower Silesian wines and vineyards and wine making traditions:
Every year, during the first week of September, in the city of Sroda Slaska, Lower Silesia region, annual wine festival takes place to celebrate Lower Silesian wine harvest called Swieto Wina w Miescie Skarbow – Wine Fest in the City of Treasures.The festival is worth the trip to the region to experience fun entertainment, taste delicious Polish and Lower Silesian wines and foods and enjoy Sroda Slaska’s Old Town and learn about it’s interesting history.
Lower Silesia Beer and Wine Route which includes an informative website and detailed paper map was created recently to encourage people from all over Poland and abroad to visit and taste Lower Silesian craft beer and wine.
Wine Bars and Wine Stores which carry Polish wines in Wroclaw are a great way to go if you’re strapped for time and can’t venture out to taste Lower Silesian wines at the various vineyards. Visit Wizja Wina PL – Polish wine store and OKWine Bar for a great selection.
Special & Seasonal Wine Events constantly pop up around the region and Wroclaw put together by creative wine makers, wine clubs and Polish wine connoisseurs. Most can be found on Facebook and a good example is the interesting – ZAR WINO – a collaboration between two Lower Silesian wine makers/vineyards Agat and Moderna and local chef Piotr Andruszko whose outdoor, open flame cooked food pairs perfectly with wine.
Join us on a NEW and exciting “Five Days with Polish Wine in Lower Silesia and Wroclaw” WINE, FOOD and CULTURAL journey starting in 2019 through Lower Silesia region and the region’s spectacular capital city – Wroclaw. Stay in a boutique hotel, historic castle, palace or manor or agrotourism of your choice. Enjoy quality regional foods carefully paired with local wines made in small, family owned vineyards in the most beautiful locations throughout the region.
You pick your preferred dates of travel (May thru September) and we make all the arrangements!
Na zdrowie! – Cheers!
| Malgorzata (Sarna) Rose, is a native of Poland. Poland Culinary Vacations grew out of her love and passion for travel and everything Polish, including fine Polish cuisine, eventually blossoming into a first-class culinary travel company. While growing up in Poland, she experienced the great joy of cooking with family and friends. Using her grandmothers' recipes and fresh ingredients from their gardens, they prepared food for weddings, parties, and traditional holidays. Now, through Poland Culinary Vacations, she wants to share that experience with you, and show you the best of everyday Polish living: the special people and their hospitality, and the heritage and traditions unique to each region. Only a native can help you discover and fully experience the authentic Poland!
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