A few years ago, there was an unprecedented outbreak of wine passion in Kraków and the surrounding area, when suddenly a hundred or so people dreamed of having their own vineyard and wine. The development of winemaking in the Jura region is supported primarily by the excellent stony soils for growing grapevines.
However, this was not the first time the area became a wine-growing site. Vineyards were already here in the Middle Ages. From this area come the oldest finds on Polish soil testifying to the importation of wine in Roman times, and the first traces of grape cultivation on this side of the Carpathian Mountains, dating to the middle of the 10th century, were discovered in Kraków on the slopes of the Wawel Royal Castle.
In the Middle Ages, the cultivation of vineyards was a common occupation in many towns in the region, and as late as the mid-16th century, the demand for wine in Kraków was largely met by local production.
The subsequent cooling of the climate and impoverishment of the country has reversed these trends. Until today!
We present three subjectively most interesting vineyards in the Polish Jura.
The vineyard is located on the grounds of a former nobleman’s palace and grange dating back to 1898. The village is located in close proximity to the Ojców National Park.
The wines produced at Minoga Palace Vineyard have a natural and harmonious taste. Grape varieties include Marechal Foch, Regent, Leon Millot, Solaris and Seyval Blanc. Plant protection products are kept to a minimum. Each bush, fruit, bottle is treated individually.
The tour and tasting can be done both individually and in an organized group.
The Amonit vineyard is located in the village of Cianowice, 13 km north of Kraków. Cianowice is a charming, quiet village, located in the immediate vicinity of the Ojców National Park.
The first vines were planted in 2008. The local limestone soils – rędziny – and the specific microclimate, have produced very interesting winemaking results. The main varieties are Johanniter, Regent and Solaris.
Srebrna Góra Vineyard – Kraków
The Srebrna Góra vineyard is located in Kraków, at the foot of the Camaldolese Hermit Monastery in Bielany. It is one of the largest vineyards in Poland, picturesquely located in the Vistula Valley. It covers an area of 28 hectares and consists of two 14-hectare sections.
The region’s characteristic lime-clay and loess soils, with optimal structure and hydration, determine the original character of the wine produced here. The southern and southwestern slopes of 10-15 degrees guarantee excellent sunshine.
The wines are created in the historic outbuildings of the Camaldolese Hermit Monastery.