There are always lots of festivals and markets happening in Prague; Christmas and Easter are just two examples. Autumn though brings my favorite – vinobraní or wine festivals. Wineries from all over the country descend on Prague offering up bottles of their best. And a strange juice-like something that everyone seems to be drinking with great gusto. This is called burčak and you should beware. Burčak is young wine, not quite finished fermenting yet. The process is ongoing however, and once you drink it, the wine will happily mature in your belly. If you don’t watch out though, you might not be so happy a couple of hours later when you are quite tipsy and with a nasty headache. But it tasted like juice; you say…we warned you!
There are three vinobraní happening around Prague in September. In addition to lots of wine, there’s also food, crafts for sale and often music, so all in all a great way to spend an afternoon.
Troja Wine Festival: Held in St. Klara’s vineyards located in the Prague Botanical Gardens, this will probably be the most atmospheric festival, surrounded as you are by actual vineyards. September 11-12
Vinohrady Wine Festival: Vinohrady is a Prague 2 neighborhood. The name translates as King’s Vineyards as back in the day, the area was covered by vineyards. These days, local residents prefer drinking the wine rather than making it, and you can celebrate at this vinobraní, held in the square at Jiřího z Poděbrad, with the locals. September 17-18
Prague Wine Festival: Oh, if you are in town this weekend, there could be trouble. Before or after your visit to the Vinohrady vinobraní, head to the center of Prague and Slovansky ostrov. Dominated by Žofín Palace, hundreds of wines will be on offer. This is more of a tasting than a festival, although there will be a music and cultural program as well. Tickets can be purchased through TicketPro. September 17-19