Wine In The City Of A Hundred Spires
Sommelier India|January/February/March 2018

Brinda Gill visits Veltlin – an iconic wine bar in Prague that offers a variety of “authentic” wines sourced from producers in the erstwhile Austro-Hungarian Empire

Brinda Gill

Regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is a traveller’s delight. Soaring spires, majestic towers, beautiful churches, grand palaces, a vast stately castle, the statue-topped Charles Bridge, the atmospheric Old Town Square complete with a still-operating medieval astronomical clock, cobbled streets along the sparkling Vltava River and artistic buildings create an impression like no other.

The wine lover has much to look forward to in this city of a hundred spires. The castle, founded in the 9th century, overlooks St Wenceslas’ Vineyard – regarded as one of the oldest vineyards in the region as its beginnings go back to the 10th century. After visiting the castle, one can enjoy a light meal at Café Pergola or a fine-dining meal at Villa Richter located by the vineyards. Both restaurants enjoy a panoramic view of Prague. Exploring the city’s monuments and atmosphere on either side of the river, one can sample and savour Czech cuisine, Czech beer and Czech wines, at the numerous cafes, bars and restaurants, and also try out absinthe and the herbal liqueur, Becherovka.

The wine lover looking for something more can take the underground metro or a taxi to the quiet neighbourhood of Karlin, a short distance from the city centre. On the ground floor of a building, with a view of the street, is Veltlin, a wine bar that has gained in popularity for wine lovers seeking a special experience.

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