Lower Silesia Beer and Wine Trail
This trial will provide unforgettable moments for both beer and wine lovers. During this trip you will get to know Lower Silesia from a different side. Here you will have the opportunity to try local wines and breweries. What is more, you will learn about the process of preparing sherbets and also have an opportunity to try local products and meet people who create this amazing place. This trail is designed to show tourists places that they do not expect. What is more, all kinds of events are organized here. Everything to show visitors the charms and traditions of this region.
The history of winemaking in Lower Silesia is dated back to the 12th century. However, the first paper records come from the beginning of the 13th century. They mainly concern crops at Cistercian monasteries. Sroda Slaska is also a place where vineyards developed dynamically. In the year 1323 the vintners received numerous privileges like the possibility of selling wine outside the city. To this day, the city’s crest features a vine branch. It is estimated that in 1787 there were about 1,217 vineyards in Lower and Upper Silesia. It was the peak of the development of winemaking in the region, however in the second half of the 19th century, production began to decrease rapidly. The final end to the dynamic development was put by the Second World War. The result was the death of winemaking in these areas for many years.
1. SILESIAN VINEYARD
This vineyard is located on eleven hectares and is situated in the heart of Lower Silesia in the Przedgorze Sudeckie. The name of the vineyard is connected both with its history and with the entire region. It was intended to emphasize the traditions related to winemaking, which wast the first mentioned in the 12th century. What’s more, the name of the vineyard also refers to the Silesian horse breeds, thanks to which the stable was rebuilt after the war. The six horses quickly became a herd, and today the farm has almost 100 horses. The vineyard was founded in 2016, and currently there are about 55,000 vines bushes. As the owners say, “excellent wine is made in the vineyard, which is why we cultivate our vines with great care and attention”. There are 12 grape varieties in the vineyard, which are: Weisser Riesling, Roter Riesling, Johanniter, Seyval Blanc, Souvignier Gris, Solaris, Bianca, Jutrzenka, Hibernal, Cabernet Cortis, Rondo and Regent.
The success of this place is due to the hard work of three generations of the Mazurek family. The senior of the family, Mrs. Ludwika, watches over the well-being of the vineyard, and is also the originator and the main commander of this place.
2. JAWOREK VINEYARD
The first grapes were harvested here in 2003. Debut wines as: Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Elbling were created at that time in 2006, the wines from this vineyard were included in the list of Traditional Products. It is worth noting that this is the first vineyard in Poland to sell wines from the 2008 vintage. The white Feniks and pink Pinot Noir Rose wines were the Polish sales debut. In 2012, this vineyard and local wines were awarded the certificate of the European Network of Regional Culinary Heritage of Lower Silesia. What’s more, the wines produced here are on the list of 160 producers of the best regional products in Poland. The high quality of the wines is evidenced by numerous medals won during many wine competitions. During visitation in this place, it is possible to tour the vineyard and learn about the history of this place. The way the wine is produced is also shown. From the harvest to the preparation of the product ready for sale. What’s more, the tour can be finished with a tasty meal in the Winnic restaurant with a tasting of Jaworki wines. If you are interested in long-term stays, it is possible to rent accommodation in the form of a comfortable room or apartment.
3. ANNA VINEYARD
The history of the vineyard began in 2014, when the first vines were planted. Initially, the vineyard had only 20 ares, and today it has been expanded to 2 hectares. The varieties grown here have a lot of fruits in our climate. Here we can distinguish species such as: Cabernet Cortis, Rondo, Regent, Solaris and Johanniter. In 2016, the local Cabernet Cortis wine was recognized as the best in the category of red wines. It is worth noting that the local liquors are produced using traditional methods, without adding sugar or water.
It is also worth noting that the vineyard is located in the vicinity of the Stawy Milickie Reserve and the Barycz Valley Landscape Park. Near the vineyard there are also bicycle paths and a water park.
What’s more, tastings of local wines are conducted in the vineyard, and there is a possibility of accommodation for those who want to stay in the vineyard for a few days.
4. L’OPERA VINEYARD
This vineyard was founded in 2014, when the first seedlings were planted. However, the first mention of viticulture in this area dates back to the Middle Ages (1216), when Pope Innocent III took care of the Cistercian Order in Trzebnica.
The basic foundation of the vineyard is precision and passion when caring for the vines. Thanks to this, the wines produced here will satisfy the most demanding customer. In this way, the vineyard shows customers that Polish lands are also able to offer ripe grapes, which then are changed into equally tasty wine. From the moment of planting to the first sip of wine, years pass, years when faith and patience are often put to a severe test. Worth is noticing that these are years of work without being able to see the final product right away. However, as soon as the first wines are tasted, all the hard work and effort disappears and a smile appears on the face again.
You are able to buy there wines such as: Czas Na (white, barreled, dry wine: Solaris – Helios), Sol Sol ( white, dry wine: Solaris), Triada (red, barreled, dry: Cab. Cantor – Cab. Cortis – Baron), Ancymon (Orange, barreled, dry: Solaris – Solira), Halka (white, semi-dry, aromatic: Chardonnay, Bronner, Muscaris).
5. 55-100 VINEYARD
This vineyard is located on the Wzgorza Trzebnickie, which is characterized by a unique microclimate and the longest growing season in Poland. However, not only the climate and region of this vineyard are amazing. Its name is also surprising, which is the postal code of the place where the vineyard is located. What distinguishes this place, above all, is involvement in every stage of wine making. It is also worth noting that most of the work is handmade. Thanks to this, the products from this vineyard are 100% unique and craft. The debut wine was produced in 2019. It was very well received not only by consumers, but also during numerous wine competitions, where it won numerous awards. Tastings are held here for visitors to the vineyards. What’s more, it is a great opportunity to spend time together outdoors in the company of a tasty drinks.
6. Katarzyna Vineyard:
This vineyard is located in the small town of Swieta Katarzyna, which is located 9 kilometers from Wroclaw. The soils here are considered to be of the highest class. What’s more, this region is one of the warmest in Poland, which is conducive to viticulture. The first bushes were planted in 2003. Currently, the vineyard has 0.5 hectares, and the varieties grown here are: Regent, Rondo, Cabernet-cortis, Monarch, Solaris and Hibernal. It is worth noting that this vineyard has not only excellent wines, but also honeys. Wines and mead have a regional wine certificate, awarded by the Lider A4 association, which proves the high quality of these products. It is also worth adding that white and red wine received two silver medals in the wine competition in the International competition in Tuchow and the National wine competition in Zielona Gora in 2017 and 2018. For visitors to this place, an additional attraction is certainly the historic parish church of St. Catherine of Alexandria – Sanctuary of Our Lady of Czestochowa from 1257.