Znojmo, a royal town since the 13th century, boasts a remarkable blend of architectural styles from Romanesque to modern, including Brutalism. Visitors can explore the city's rich heritage without any entrance fees. And we haven't started on the modern temples of winemaking of recent years yet…
The old architectural styles seamlessly coexist with modern projects, often merging to create an unexpected and impressive interplay. One such example is the Enotéka, situated just a few metres away from the Rotunda of St. Catherine and the castle.
Znojmo's Enoteca of wines was conceived by the renowned architectural studio Chybík+Krištoffrom Brno. In 2019, the studio received one of the prestigious 10 Design Vanguard awards in New York- the first time such an award was won by Czech and Slovak architects, recognizing their visionary approach.
For the Enotéka, the architects wholeheartedly embraced their visionary approach. They ingeniously designed it on the grounds of a 19th-century brewery, incorporating technical buildings from the socialist era. This unique transformation carefully preserves traces of the original structures, acknowledging the historical and political context. In fact, the architects even incorporated an extension from the communist 1970s into the reconstruction, thereby preserving the city's architectural narrative. Adjacent to the meticulously restored brewery, the Enoteca proudly continues Znojmo's captivating architectural legacy. While preserving the outer walls, they ingeniously integrated dark wood seating at different levels within the snow-white, austere interior. Don't miss the opportunity to ascend to the highest "box" and witness the seamless connection with the bar below! The Enotéka's asymmetrically spaced windows offer stunning views of the 800+ year old Gothic St. Nicholas Cathedral, enhancing the delightful ambiance while you savour wines and coffee.
Inside, the tasting room ensures an undistracted sensory experience. The self-service by the glass system allows you to indulge in tasting wines from the Znojmo wine region in small, customised batches of your preferred choice and strength (with over a hundred samples available!).
Chybík+Krištof also took charge of the prestigious Lahofer winery near Dobšice. The award-winning Building of the Year 2020 seamlessly blends with the natural landscapelandscape , mirroring the undulating terrain. The colonnade of arched ribs follows the rhythm of the surrounding vine rows, embracing the wine motif within the interior. A monumental concrete wave connects the production room in one elevated section and the tasting room in the other, with an outdoor amphitheatre nestled in the U-shaped space between them. You are welcome to visit LAHOtéka for a tasting or perhaps attend an outdoor concert from their cultural calendar.
You can also take a stroll from Dobšice or Znojmo to the Piálek and Jäger winery in Nový Šaldorf. Here, they adopt a highly personal approach, not only to winemaking but also to overall ambiance. The two friendly winemakers have been the welcoming faces of the winery since its inception. Incorporating the centuries-old Piálek family coat of arms into their logo, they've added a touch of heritage to their brand. The tasting cellar's new design has been skilfully crafted by the architects themselves, with Kamil Piálek, known for his flair for painting, taking charge of most of the interior design.
When you visit, you'll be captivated by the prominent use of wood and pure materials like glass, granite, marble, or concrete on the ceilings. Don't forget to look up and admire their unique texture – during the concrete pouring, leaves found their way in, leaving behind a beautiful impression. Initially, the builders were concerned about this unexpected effect, but to their delight, Piálek and Jäger appreciated it as an embodiment of nature. This aspect perfectly encapsulates the essence of their wine project, which has always been grounded in harmony with nature from its very inception.
Both winemakers take a modern approach to the traditional winemaking process, and this philosophy extends to the property as well. Traditional elements, like the gabled roof and classic portal, blend harmoniously with modern touches, such as the "rusty" corten sheet and glass doors.
Inside, you'll be charmed by the prevalent motif of circles, drawing inspiration from the wine grape. This theme can be spotted everywhere, from the ceiling to the floor. The glass circles in the floor offer a unique view from the bar down to the cellar and back, ensuring that everyone remains connected, even in separate spaces. The absence of sharp corners creates a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, which you'll quickly appreciate. Both winemakers have a great sense of humour, bringing laughter to all who visit. However, their wine is no joke; it is also served in Michelin-starred establishments, reflecting its exceptional quality.
Visit the Konitz winery for a gastronomic experience and tasting of lesser-known grape varieties. They have devoted themselves to the exquisite fusion of wine and food. For a truly immersive experience, consider staying overnight in the winery guesthouse.
The renovation by Tomáš Dvořák architects has been nothing short of remarkable, earning accolades like the Brick Award 2016 for the best building of the year and the Big See Tourism Award as the top project of the Czech Republic in the category of tourist architecture in 2019.
The white building with a stone base exudes an air of luxury, thanks to its generous windows. Inside, a striking upper temple lighting window beneath the roof offers a glimpse into the elegant truss structure. The design cleverly incorporates original materials and technology, including bricks sourced from nearby demolished buildings. A harmonious interplay of natural materials such as stone, wood, and metal, including a splendid dark stone sink with an impressive pattern, adds to the allure.
The architects showed sensitivity in incorporating modern accents, particularly in the ground-level spaces, ensuring minimal disturbance to the historic sandstone basement. Thoughtful lighting arrangements enhance the captivating atmosphere. The primary goal was to infuse the spirit of old buildings into a modern manifestation, and the result is a truly captivating blend of history and contemporary finesse.
At the edge of the village of Havraníky, you'll discover the Thaya winery, named after the nearby river Dyje, known as Thaya in German. The confident design of the estate was crafted by the architectural studio Jakub Cígler architekti. The former granary is its centerpiece, surrounded by other structures, evoking the essence of a classic Moravian village. The roofs of the halls mimic the undulating waters of the Dyje River and the surrounding hills. Every detail embodies harmony, with Austrian wood and Czech bricks "bobrovky" playing key roles.
The gracefully undulating roof smoothly transitions into an artificial hill above the tasting cellars and apartments. The recreational courtyard pays homage to the ancient tradition of Franconian courts, where wine was processed in mediaeval times. At the Apri restaurant, you can savor local wines paired with outstanding cuisine. Their kitchen revolves around local ingredients and traditional recipes, but with a modern twist. Try game from local forests or local fish, seasoned with herbs grown within the winery premises.
And what wines await you here? The winery's enologist says: "We nurture wine like a child. We don't shape it strictly and sternly, but we guide it by hand to mature into perfection."
During your trip to Podyjí National Park and the renowned Šobes vineyard, make sure to pause at the Vyhlídka restaurant at Vinice Hnanice. In Znojmo, indulge in a delectable snack and delicious coffee at Balance coffee & wine, enjoy a fantastic brunch at půlnapůl, and savour a hearty lunch at the ReZtaurace, located next to Enotéka. For wine and food go to Slepičák on the oldest square in Znojmo called Slepičí trh (Chicken market). Those fairs took place here in the Middle Ages, today you can enter Znojmo Underground from here. If you're interested in seeing an example of Art Nouveau in Znojmo, visit the charming Svět cinema on Havlíčkova Street. While there, refresh yourself at the Bistrograph and admire the captivating illustrations by Matúš Maťátko adorning the walls.
Recharge and soak up positive energy in Podyjí - the sole national park in South Moravia. While in Popice, visit the birthplace of Charles Sealsfield or embark on a journey through the Iron Curtain era.
Ist Ihnen das Thema des Artikels unter die Haut gegangen? Did you get the topic of the article under your skin? Enough theory. Come and discover South Moravia by yourself.
Are you seeking a travel recommendation that will indulge all your senses? Make your way to a destination where you can enjoy wine against the backdrop of impeccable architecture and design. In addition to its pristine natural beauty, Znojmo boasts a collection of distinctive modern structures. This excursion has been carefully curated in partnership with Krista, the mind behind the “Amazing Places in the Czech Republic” profile and app.
Slovácko, our south-easternmost wine region, has seen the blossoming of modern wineries, among other treasures in this picturesque area. We had the pleasure of exploring it all, guided by the charming digital creator from Slovakia, Ivanka Antal. Along the way, we also ventured into Velké Pavlovice region... So, hop on and join us for the journey.
During this excursion, you'll have the opportunity to visit the best architectural creations that winemakers have created in the Mikulov and Velkopavlovice wine subregions in recent years. You'll be guided by Eliška Hudcová, a travel enthusiast with a passion for architecture and design. You may know Eliška from her Instagram account @timetofit, and she is also the creator of the travel app Placehunter.
The limestone massif of the Pavlov Hills (Pálava) stands as the defining feature of this region. Those who have not visited yet, should return their Moravian tourist passport. While the natural metropolis is Mikulov, other villages also boast excellent wine-growing locations, a fact confirmed by the movie “Bobule” (Grapes). Among these, Valtice holds a significant position and serves as our starting point.
In 1805, Napoleon Bonaparte (Emperor of the French since 1804) planned an invasion of Great Britain. He was so confident in his plans that he annexed Hanover or even kidnapped and executed a relative of the former French king. Such audacity could not go without a response...
Significant events unfolded, within the historical backdrop of Znojmo, enough to write a 100-chapter long chronicle. After all, Znojmo was granted the status of a royal city by Přemysl Otakar I as early as 1226. However, what many current residents may not know is that one of the pivotal battles in European history associated with Napoleon took place here!