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The “Autentisté” group is the name for natural winemakers in the Czech Republic. This movement was started by winemaker/Prague winebar owner Bogdan Trojak in the late 2000’s. The Autentisté manifesto, similar to that of other natural winemakers, states: “According to Authentic Winegrowers, genuine wine should be true drink acquired only from grapes, without excess technological intervention and additives – selected yeast, enzymes, tannins or clarifiers. In vineyards, they comply with rules valid for bio-production. Authentic Winegrowers perceive their work as a mission. It is not a business only – it is important that someone preserves the taste of traditional wines and ensures actual terroir thanks to gentle procedures.”

Most of the wineries are in Moravia, where grapes have traditionally been planted in the Czech Republic, with some in Bohemia, and a few added more recently from Slovakia. We are proud to be working with a large part of the group, available for the first time in the USA.


 

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Jaroslav Osička, a former teacher at a secondary school for wine growers in Valtice, was born in the largest Moravian wine-making municipality Velké Bílovice. In his vineyards, he works without using system chemical agents, herbicides and pesticides. He uses organic sprays and plant infusions. Fertilizers are organic and mineral. The overall area of vineyards is covered with natural herbal vegetation and a minor part of vineyards is green-covered on every other row. He is trying “not to make” wine, but rather to assist in its making. For elevage he performs repeated yeast stirring (battônage) and he welcomes the influence of oxygen on the aging wine.

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Chardonnay tech sheet

Vineyard details: This is a .67-hectare vineyard in the small town of Velké Bílovice, at 200-250 meters altitude, with southwestern and eastern orientation, sloped between 5-17%.

Age of Vines: 21 years

Soil: Loess and loam

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed, after which they macerate on the skins for 24 hours in 5-8 year old French barrels. The fermentation is spontaneous, and battonage is performed only when deemed necessary, varying by vintage. The wine rests on the gross lees until January or February of the following year, and then rests on the fine lees for 20 more months until it is bottled without fining or filtration. Sulfur is added before bottling at around 20 mg/liter.


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Pinot Chardonnay tech sheet

Vineyard details: This is a vineyard in the small town of Velké Bílovice, at 180-260 meters altitude, with southwestern and eastern orientation, sloped between 5-20%.

Age of Vines: 6-21 years

Soil: Loess and loam

Varieties: 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Gris, 7% Pinot Noir, 3% Sauvignon Blanc

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed, after which they macerate on the skins for 24 hours in 5-8 year old French barrels. The fermentation is spontaneous, and battonage is performed only when deemed necessary, varying by vintage. The wine rests on the gross lees until January or February of the following year, and then rests on the fine lees for 20 more months until it is bottled without fining or filtration. Sulfur is added before bottling at around 20 mg/liter.