France and Italy may be the most famous wine regions in Europe, but smaller wine producers like the Czech Republic shouldn’t be overlooked in favour of their more dominant neighbours. The art of Czech wine making may be little known, but that doesn’t make the industry any less fruitful. Often referred to as Moravian wine after the area it’s produced in, the best Czech wine can be sampled at any one of these wine bars in Prague. From the giant cellar at Vinograf to the modern ambience of Red Pif and the intimate surroundings of Prosekárna, oenophiles looking for a place to set up camp will find plenty of choices in the Czech capital.
One of the largest selections of Czech wine in Prague can be found at Vinograf. The award-winning wine bar has three locations in the city – the smaller two outlets (Vinograf Míšeňská Street, a romantic venue near The Charles Bridge; and Vinograf Anděl) offer a menu of over 300 different wines, while the largest, Vinograf Senovážné Square, stocks nearly 700 bottles. Enthusiasts can order by the glass or by the bottle, or take part in tailored tasting sessions. While sommeliers advise on the vintages, chefs put together cheese and meat platters and light bites to perfectly compliment the wines on offer.
Veltin, located in the up-and-coming Karlin district to the east of the Old Town, is one of the most stylish wine bars in Prague. Dark wood aesthetics create a classic ambience, brightened up by playful illustrations, while the well-stocked bar offers a vast selection of authentic Czech, Moravian and Central European wines. Sommeliers share their knowledge openly and are happy to talk visitors through the latest bottles from across the country and vineyards as far as Hungary, northern Italy, Croatia and Austria. The bar also hosts regular events and tasting sessions.
Just a stone’s throw from Bethlehem Square, Red Pif (meaning ‘red nose’) is one of the most popular wine bars in Prague, known for its understated elegance as much as its carefully considered wine list. Décor is minimalist, with concrete interiors and light wood furniture set against a selection of contemporary artwork. Likewise, the menu isn’t extensive but it has been lovingly curated with bottles from select French and Czech vineyards and complemented with hybrid cuisine.
Literally translated to ‘On the Banks of the Rhône’, Na Břehu Rhony is a wine bar specialising in French wines from the Rhône region. Set alongside the Vltava River, near Vyšehrad Castle, the distinctive bar and bottle shop serves the best French vintages in the city – many of which are exclusive – with daily specials served by the glass. An ideal spot for the eco-conscious traveller, many wines at Na Břehu Rhony are certified organic and produced using traditional methods at family farms. Visitors can also enjoy light bites and tasting menus.
Oenophiles who prefer their wine with bubbles should visit Prosekárna, an intimate bar in the Vinohrady district that, as the name suggests, focuses on Prosecco. Sommeliers serve an irresistible selection of Proseccos, including biodynamic, boutique varieties. While the wine certainly sparkles, the bar itself is small, friendly and unpretentious. Pull up a stool at the hardwood bar and share a bottle selected from the wall display, dine on tapas, or enjoy a guided tasting. There’s also a basement space with comfy chairs and a fireplace – perfect for when the temperature drops.