Updated: Feb 2, 2019
French, Spanish, Australian and Chilean wines are known all over the world.
And maybe not too many people know that Poland can also be proud of its wine traditions.
In Poland, at the turn of the 9th and 10th centuries, vines were already being cultivated. Benedictine and Cicterian monks planted vines and produced wine on monastery farms, especially for liturgical purposes. In the 14th century, the townsmen also took to wine-growing and production. Wine was valued equally to mead and beer.
With the development of trade wine was imported from Hungary, among others, and in the 16th century Polish winemaking collapsed. The longest vines were cultivated in Lower Silesia, where in the period between the 1st and 2nd World War there were about 300ha of vineyards. However, wine-making traditions have survived and at the end of the 20th century Poland local private vineyards, mainly in the south of the country started to crop out.
We already have several dozen large vineyards and several hundred smaller ones, which produce white, red, sometimes pink and moussanine wines. Each of them has a characteristic taste, aroma, colour, brightness and become more and more popular not only in Poland. Classic types of vine are cultivated, such as riesling, chardonnay, pinot gris, sylvaner, as well as hybrids with a predominance of vine, such as seyval blanc, bianca, muscat odessa, regent and rondo.
The best and by far the most advantageous is to purchase directly from producers. This is a chance to taste before shopping and to get to know the area, where the vine is growing and production process. But also to learn more from the vineyards’ owners who can share their knowledge and passion for wine making.
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