Carpathian Wine Trail
This is one of the showpieces of the Carpathian Province. This trail consists of 29 vineyards from Poland and Slovakia. The Carpathian Wine Trail is like a historic trade route, the same as the amber or silk route. This project includes not only the creation of a common tourist product, but also establishes cooperation with the gastronomy industry. Moreover, numerous events are organized on the Trail. One of them is a project called ,, Karpacka Akademia Dziedzictwa Winiarskiego”, whose aim was to present Carpathian traditions, viticulture and wine production.
The vineyard history of the Carpathian region is composed of two chapters. The first of them is dated back to the Middle Ages, when wine was made for liturgical purposes. However, over time Polish wine began to be replaced by Hungarian wine. However, over time, Poles also began to own Hungarian vineyards and their wine was appreciated again.
The second chapter of winemaking in the Carpathian region is written nowadays, and its first author is Roman Mysliwiec from Jaslo, who in 1984 founded the first contemporary Polish vineyard – Golesz. Over time, he found followers all over the country. And the local winemakers, despite difficult weather conditions and capricious temperatures At present, there are about 150 vineyards in Carpathian. What is more, the local winemakers, despite difficult weather conditions and whimsical temperatures, still achieve many awards for their wines.
1. ZAMKOWA VINEYARD:
This place is associated primarily with the work of literature “Zemsta” written by Aleksander Fredro. The inspiration of this vineyard was the story of the conflicted owners of two parts of the Kamieniec castle in Odrzykon. However, this quarrel ends well – with the wedding of both families. So when you travel through this vineyard, this majestic castle will be your companion. If you have luck you will be able to admire walls covered with the red of the sunset. Moreover, your time will also be made more pleasant by local wine products. The vineyard was planted only with hybrid varieties. For red wines: Maréchal Foch, Leon Millot, Rondo, Regent, Cabernet Dorsa. For white wines: Bianca, Hibernal, Seyval Blanc, Solaris.
What’s more, there are numerous tourist attractions near the vineyard, such as: Ruins of the castle Kamieniec, Glass Heritage Centre in Krosno, Marias Konopnicka Manor House in Zarnowiec.
2. WIDOKOWA VINEYARD:
Was established in 2013 and it is located on the hills of Kombornia – town in the Sub-Carpathian region, and at an altitude of 470 meters. What is more, their wine tasting sessions are accompanied by a beautiful panorama view. Among the varieties grown here, we distinguish: Solaris, Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Rondo, Souvignier Gris, Regent, Muscaris, Johanniter and Leon Millot. Thanks to them white and rosé wines are produced. Red wines are also produced here – dry and expressive in taste. Wine tasting sessions are conducted both individually and in groups. Moreover, this vineyard was a laureate of the GALICJA VITIS International Wine Competition and wines Sejblaj and Solares were awarded by gold and silver medal. What more can we find in this place? In addition to the wonderful views that will accompany us throughout the wine tasting period, you will be able to visit places like : Glass Heritage Centre in Krosno or Ruins of the castle Kamieniec, which are located nearby vineyard.
3. CARPATHIAN WINE SALON:
This amazing vineyard is located in the historic manor and park complex in Kombornia and its history is dated at 16th . It covers an area of 10 hectares and apart from the vineyard, part of this complex also are : four-star, boutique Hotel SPA, Carpathian Wine Salon, Conference and Banquet Center and a comfortable three-star Hotel Wine Garden.
The winery was established in 2012, next to the picturesque ruins of a 16th-century granary. Moreover, the owners of the vineyard made sure that the wine traditions of this place were preserved. It is also worth noting that during the events organized in this place, you can listen to live music and try wine products from other parts of the Carpathian region. The main grape varieties are : Rondo and Seyval Blanc. It is also worth noting that Carpathian Wine Salon is the only place in Poland where you can taste wines from the Carpathians in such a large amount in a temporary form. Visitors can choose how long they want to taste the wine for 60 or 90 minutes. Their diversity also means that everyone will find something for themselves here.
4. LAVENDER VINEYARD:
This vineyard was established in 2008 in the town Blazow, which is located about 20 kilometers apart from Rzeszow. About 16 grape varieties are grown here. An interesting view is also the fact that organic lavender is grown next to the vineyard – about 800 bushes are currently cultivated. The vineyard is beautifully situated on the slope near the top of the hill, elevated almost 350 m above sea level. and over 100 meters from the bottom of the nearby valley. Adequate sunlight and proper care of the owners for the vineyards are the main factors that guarantee tasty wines. The varieties grown here are: Cabernet Cantor, Cabernet Cortis, Dorfelder, Monarch, Regent, Leon Millot, Marechal Foch and Swenson Red. The owners invite you to the Lavender Vineyard for commented tours, wine tasting and refreshments. It is possible only by appointment; both individuals and organized groups.
5. Stare Siedlisko Vineyard:
This amazing vineyard consists of two plantations : in Strazowo and in Borku Starym. The first grape vines were planted here in 2008. An additional advantage of this place is its location. It is located in a picturesque area and is a perfect place for organizing family and occasional events or company meetings combined with wine tasting and visiting the vineyard. The name of this place also has a history. Its name comes from the place where the vineyard owner’s family household stood. A grandson inherited the love of the land and the cultivation of family traditions from his ancestors. Currently the owners’ son also helps to run the vineyard. It produces white and red wines from the Regent, Dornfelder, Marechal Foch, Muskat Odessa, Gruner Veltimer, Bianca and Seyval Blanc grape varieties. There is also a restaurant with a capacity of 60 people and a tasting cellar. Moreover, this place is able to host 10 people over a sleepover.
6. Jasiel Vineyard:
It is one of the first vineyards in the Carpathian region and the only terrace vineyard in the region. The beginnings of the vineyard date back to 2001. Only two years after the vineyard was founded, the first wine was produced. Wine connoisseurs soon began to arrive at the vineyard. For this reason, the owners decided about further development of the vineyard. It took the owners five years to develop the vineyard, but the effects of their efforts are impressive. Moreover, the geographical and geological conditions ensure the unique characteristics of the wines produced here. In 2010, this place became the only terraced vineyard in the Subcarpathian region. Vine varieties grown in the vineyard include: Johanniter, Siegerrebe, Solaris, Cabernet Dorsa, Cabernet Cortis, Regent. Both dry and multi-strain wines are produced here. Wines can be bought on site, and sales are also carried out through selected online stores, restaurants and wine bars across the country.