You don´t have to be sad if you didn´t make it to Prague during the high season this summer. The fun times are not yet over. In case you are coming here in September or early October, there is a high chance that you will experience our favourite season of grape harvesting. Grape harvesting is not 100% typical for Prague as there is just limited amount of vineyards, but we really know how to enjoy all the good stuff delivered to Prague from the eastern parts of Czech Republic, from Moravia – a region famous for wine making.

Wine is good. Wine is red, white and pink. Wine is sparkling, sweet, and sour. What else? There is also Beaujolais, straw wine, dessert wine, etc. These are basics for beginners. BUT who of you knows BURČÁK? I guess only Czechs and you after reading this blog post. It is “dirty water looking drink” made of grapes harvested and squeezed just few weeks ahead and constantly fermenting = WHICH MEANS THIS DRINK MIGHT BE PRETTY STRONG! Basically, it is the first stage in a wine production. It is easy to drink and even easier to get drunk. The sweet, sticky, fizzy wine-juice that will make you “happy” very quickly.

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Cheers! A “tuned” grape juice.

Burčák is also a very healthy drink. It contains proven amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and rare protein cells. These help with body/blood cleansing. There is an old saying that you should drink 5-6 litres of burčák every year, because you have the same volume of blood in your body. That sounds wise. But there is also a good old recommendation that you should have an extra toilet tissue with every litre of burčák. This is true. A VERY TRUE.

Prague Burčák

Burčák is commonly sold in plastic bottles or plastic barrels

About burčák in four bullets

  • Burčák is produced in white and red variety (the red one is more expensive and there is always less of it)
  • It is very common that bučák is sold in plastic bottles used for mineral water (1,5 l)
  • During September/early October you can get a glass of Burčák almost in every wine bar or wine shop
  • There are also many wine festivals in Prague during September, so if you join one, you can taste burčák there

Most popular Prague wine festivals

Wine harvest festival at Prague Castle
Wine harvest festival at Grébovka park 
Wine harvest gestival at Troja Chateau + Wine harvest at Prague Botanical Garden

 

Prague burčák

Wine harvest festival in Prague Botanical garden, view from local wine yards (St. Klara) down to Troja Chateau. Photo credits: kudyznudy.cz

Happy burčák drinking!