Vinobraní – Wine Festival Season

With September well underway, the wine festival (vinobraní) season is in full swing across the South Moravian regions.

Festivals large and small are taking place and you can sample locally produced wine and burčák from now through October.

Here’s some pictures I took today of the vinobraní in Brno’s Svobody square:

Playing Around Between Articles

Very recently, I bought a new camera. The old one, which has served me well for the past 12 years or so, was starting to show its age.

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been playing around with the new camera and I’m quite happy so far with what I’m seeing. I’m confident it will help take quality up a step or two where imagery is concerned in my websites.

Today after work, I went to the Masaryk University botanic gardens here in Brno to get some more practice with the new camera. Here are some of the results:

Hustopeče – Heart of Wine and Almonds

Hustopeče is a town located about an hour south of Brno by direct train, nestled in the hills of the South Moravian wine country.

As one might expect, the town has plenty of local wine on offer. What might surprize you, however, is that the town is home to an impressive almond tree orchard. This orchard makes the town unique in Central Europe and the town certainly capitalises on that uniqueness with a multitude of almond based products to buy.

Once per year, on a Saturday in March, the town hosts its major almond festival. in 2022, March 26 was that Saturday. I visited the town on the following day, here’s some pictures of the trip:

Paying a Visit and Learning More

Hustopeče is not particularly touristy, but it does host other events as well as the almond festival during the year. As it’s connected by a number of direct trains per day to Brno, most of which only take about an hour, it’s an easy day trip from the city.

If you go there and wish to visit the almond orchard, make sure you wear some sturdy trekking shoes or hiking boots. The orchard is on a hill and the path up to it is a dirt trail with some areas of loose rock on it.

To find out more of what Hustopeče offers, follow this link to the official town website. The website is available in Czech, English and German.