Another vineyard is opening in Prague, on Vítkov Hill in the city’s Žižkov district. This brings the total up to 14.
While the city is closely associated with beer, it actually has a long history with wine as well, and the upscale Vinohrady district used to have royal vineyards before the land was taken over for housing.
The most famous current municipal vineyards are Klára and Salabka in Troja, Máchalka vineyards in Vysočany, and Grébovka at the edge of Vinohrady and Vršovice.
“Vineyards belong inherently to Prague, in the past there were significantly more in the capital than today. In the 19th century, however, they were canceled and replaced by other crops. Where possible now, we are creating or extending new vineyards. Vineyard visits are very popular among Prague residents and visitors of our town,” Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Hlubuček (United Force for Prague) said on the City Hall website.
The new vineyard in Vítkov takes its inspiration from the historical use of the southern slopes of Vítkov for grape cultivation, first documented at time of Charles IV.
The vineyard, with an area of over 1,300 square meters, has 686 grapevines. Acacia sticks were used to stabilize the plants, and the whole slope was stabilized by hydro-sowing so that grass cover was connected and erosion on the steep slope was prevented. The vineyard is also surrounded by a metal fencing, which contributes to the overall new look.
The new vineyard project was prepared by Prague City Hall’s Department of Environmental Protection in 2018. It now extends on a slope above the pavement rising from the underpass of the former railway line towards the Vítkov Memorial.
The extremely dry slope had been a long-term problem from the point of view of garden maintenance, the existing grassland was completely dry in the summer months. The basic intention was to substantially improve the dismal state in a significant entrance to the park.
The total costs for the revitalization of the area and the establishment of the vineyard, including fencing, was 4.2 million CZK and was fully covered by the budget of the City of Prague.
There is no word yet on where the wine from the vineyard will be sold. Other unusual consumable products from Prague include honey made at Václav Havel Airport Prague.