Wine harvest is in full swing throughout September and October, but Burčák season has officially started.
“Burčák” is partially fermented young wine and it is a very popular drink in Moravia, Austria, and Bavaria. This alcoholic wine drink is produced when pressed grape juice is partially fermented. Its consumption is typically connected with the first autumn days.
The law states that to be labeled a Burčák, the product has to be made of Czech or Moravian fruits and can only be sold between August 1 and November 30 of the year. The drink is considered to be a national treasure. Moravians are very passionate about the drink and claim that drinking seven liters per year guarantees good health in the upcoming year!
The first burčák has gone on sale in South Moravia. Among those offering the fermented young wine is Miloslav Machuča from Valtice, who began selling it on Friday.
To enjoy a fresh glass of Burčák in Prague, one can take part in popular wine festivals called Vinobraní. There is a number of festivals celebrating the wine harvest, where locals like to enjoy a cup of Burčák accompanied by live music, entertainment, and traditional Czech food.
The most popular one is festival Vinobraní Grébovka, which will take place on Friday, September 20 on Náměstí Míru from 2pm, and will continue throughout Saturday, September 21 in Havlíčkovy sady from 2pm till 10pm.