Located just around the corner from our apartment, the Bukovský wine shop is one of those incredibly fortuitous finds for two wine lovers like my husband and me. The shop features wines exclusively from their vineyards in the Modry Hory, or Blue Mountains of Moravia, an easy one hour drive from Brno. A third generation family run estate, they feature clonal varietals rarely seen outside of their vineyards.
Ducking through a low, unassuming entrance off the street, the wine shop reveals their cellar, replete with racks of bottles, a long hallway with separate tasting rooms and three pianos. A friendly greeting from Millie, the woman who runs the shop, is always a delight. She reflects the inclusive and warm Brno culture that I had heard so much about.
Beyond the tastings, the shop offers Argentinian Tango lessons, piano and classical music ensemble nights. Essentially, a wine and cultural mecca, smack in the middle of Brno Střed.
The wines, might I add, are full of character, flavor and finesse. From a 2013 (!!) Frankovka rosé, to Dunaj, a varietal that pays homage to its home near the Danube, the wines are balanced, delicate and incredibly appealing.
Tasting through these wines is humbling. I came to Brno with loads of tasting experience yet sampling these foreign varietals, completely unknown in the North Carolina market, make them even more intriguing.
We can’t wait to spend time at their winery in the mountains and am already planning our visit.