Roztocze Wine Trail
Despite the fact that Roztocze Vineyard Trail is not that big, there are many attractions close to the vineyards, which tourists can visit during their stay there. The trail currently includes 5 vineyards. However, due to favorable soil conditions, it will certainly develop even more in a few years. Type wines that you are able to taste there are: Riesling, Solaris (white wines), Cabernet Cantor, Dornfelder, Acolon (red wines).
Ecotourism in Roztocze is a relatively young and little known field. However, despite this, these areas have their own winemaking traditions. Currently, viticulture is experiencing its renaissance in these areas. This route has been designed so that visitors, apart from vineyards, can also visit local attractions. The conditions in this region are very conducive to the cultivation of vines, which is why this place will certainly continue to develop.
1. CZARNOWODA VINEYARD
This vineyard is located near Zamosc. It covers two hectares, making it the largest vineyard in the Roztocze Wine Trail. The vineyard currently has about 6,700 seedlings in seventeen varieties. Work here lasts all year round. It all starts in spring, when the branches are pruned. From now on, the bushes must be pruned regularly until the harvest itself, so that they give many, beautiful fruits. Variations are arranged as follows: The red varieties are in the upper part of the vineyard, while the white ones are in the lower part. It is also worth noting that all grapes belong to the noble grapes from which the wine is obtained. These varieties are very effective in terms of the amount of squeezed juice used for wine production, so the size of the fruit in wine production does not play a role. The first wine was produced in 2012. However, as the owners admit, a large part of the crop was eaten by various types of birds and insects. Therefore, the vineyard is guarded by two unusual bodyguards. Why unusual? Well, the vineyard is guarded by two hawks and a special fence.
The wines produced here are not made from specific varieties. Red wine is made from red grape varieties and white wine is made from white grapes. Only rosé wine has its permanent varieties. The owners of the vineyard do not filter their wine, as this reduces its aroma. Thanks to this, the wine retains its natural taste and aroma, but its production is more time-consuming. It is worth noting that the vineyard uses its ecological methods to produce wine. The wines from this vineyard are very popular with tourists. However, you should be aware that you can only buy them here. After long trials and struggles, the Czarnowoda vineyard moved to the next stage of its activity and was allowed to officially sell its wine.
As the owners say, work in a vineyard is time consuming, however they love it and they talk about their vineyard with passion.
2. MARYSIENKA VINEYARD
This is the first vineyard established in Roztocze, which is why it is also called the Queen of Roztocze Vineyards. The owner of the vineyard was inspired by this idea and took advices from winemakers from Subcarpathia. The vineyard is located in Grabnik near Krasnobrod. The southern slope of the hill is surrounded by a forest, which is definitely conducive to viticulture. However, despite the favorable conditions, the first 200 seedlings were destroyed by hoarfrost. This did not discourage the owner, thanks to which the vineyard continues to develop to this day. Every year there were more seedlings here. Today there are about 1,600 vines here. The varieties found here are: bianca; seyval blanc; ortega; solaris; johaniter for white wines and regent; rondo; cabernet dorsa for red wines. Dessert varieties are also grown here.
3. LIPOWIEC VINEYARD
The idea for the vineyard was born to develop a steep space between two agritourism farms. Initially, it was supposed to be only a decorative form, but it turned out that it is the perfect place for a real vineyard. The vineyard dates back to 2007, when the first bushes were planted. The next seedlings were planted on the escarpment after four years. A total of 1,500 vines bushes have been planted in the vineyard. The first wine was made in 2009. The wine was good but too sweet. It was the main reason why training began in this field so that the liquors produced here were tasty. Licensed Polish-German strains began to be imported, because, as the owner says, “You can’t make good wine from a poor variety”. Wines produced in Lipowiec Vineyard are dry liquors, made of three white and three red varieties. Wines can be tasted by visiting the local agritourism farm. In the future, the flagship wine of the Lipowiec Vineyard may become a wine from the Cabernet Cantor variety. Dessert strains recently introduced to the vineyard are to give numerous fruits, which are then to be used for the production of jams. These, in turn, will be served to tourists who will visit the vineyard, as the owner assures. Guests who want to visit the vineyard in larger groups have the opportunity to taste wine in the common room at “Polanie”. Presentations are also held here, and during the growing season, tourists have the opportunity to visit the vineyard. Tourists also have the opportunity to get acquainted with the media show of the pressing, production and bottling of wine, and during its tasting local delicacies also will be served.
4. OSTROWSKICH VINEYARD
In the village of Komodzianka, there is another vineyard – Ostrpwskich Vineyard. It is relatively one of the youngest vineyards that have been established in this region. As the owners say, the vineyard is for them an “escape” from everyday life. They gain wine experience in their vineyard and during training and enotourism study trips. The vineyard is dominated by five varieties: Regent, Muskat Odeski, Aurora, Seyval Blanc and Acolon. Variations such as: Johanniter, Bianca, Rondo, Adalmina, Marechal Foch, Swenson Red are grown experimentally. After the last harvest, the vineyard offered visitors not only wine from basic varieties, but also from varieties: Hibernal, Bianca, Adalmina, Rondo and Marechal Foch. For guests, the owners offer 8 beds in rooms: 2 double rooms and 1 quadruple room, with a shared bathroom and kitchenette.
5. KOMODZIANKA VINEYARD:
Also one of the youngest vineyards in the Roztocze region. Established in 2013 on a five-are plot. The vineyard owner has planted 150 vines in nine varieties here. As he himself admits, he established vineyards for scientific and experimental purposes. He wanted to see how individual varieties would be preserved in the conditions that prevail in the Roztocze region. They also experiment with dessert varieties such as: Concord; Alden and Einset Seedless and varieties for wine making like: Aurora, Rondo, Regent; Leon Millot, Bianca.