Modern Wine in the Traditional Way

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What is concealed in the unmistakable taste of our wine?

Tradition Care Nature

Tradition

passed from generation to generation

Care

we care for each grape like of a piece of our own soul

Nature

we grow our varieties ecologically, without unnecessary chemicals

Several generations of our family have been winegrowers. Read how exceptional our wines are and how we differ from other domestic wineries.

Who are we?

Let me introduce myself. My name is Michal Hladký and I am the Chief Cellarmaster of Hladký Winery. The vineyard tradition in our family extends back to my parents and grandparents. And perhaps even further... My father owned a family vineyard in the "abyss" area beneath Vintoperk Hill in Skalica. In the vicinity of Skalica there are many small vineyards which have been run for generations in the classic family way, focusing mainly on the production of wine for home consumption.

Our Vineyards

The history of our vineyards began in 2007. At that time, we decided to buy land suitable for setting up our own vineyard in the area of Vysoké Pole in the town of Skalica. We purchased approximately two hectares which had not been used for almost 30 years. We gradually re-cultivated them so that they could be used for growing grapevines and fruit. Together with the decision to plant a new vineyard was the question of how to avoid "classic" cultivation under the classic protection of chemical and systemic products – the herbicides and pesticides which affect the quality of grapes, wine, soil and, last but not least, our health and lives. That is why we focused solely on growing PIWI varieties. Until 2016, our vineyard was not treated with any chemical or other products. In 2017, we began to use treatment with clean sulphur and copper, along with leaf fertilisers. We only use products which are approved for organic production in Slovakia.

What are the PIWI varieties?

The PIWI variety designate originates from the German "Pilzwiderstandsfähige Rebsorten", which can be translated as "fungal-resistant grape varieties". This is the acronym for groups of grapevine varieties resistant to fungal diseases and, for example, frost. In general, we can also mention interspecific varieties, e.g. the varieties resulting from inter-variety crossing, such as the type of Vitis Vinifera and wild types such as Vitis Labrusca, Vitis Riparia, Vitis Rupestris and others. The purpose of this crossing is to achieve the high quality of the grapes and consequently of the traditional European varieties of wine, with the cultivation properties of varieties originating in America or Asia.

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History

Na začiatku....

We were producing wine using raw materials purchased from local winemakers, as well as from other regions of Slovakia and Moravia. The wine was used primarily for our own consumption.

Na začiatku....

2007

We bought the land in the area of Vysoké Pole in Skalice. Then we started building a winery and planting the first PIWI varieties. The area of 2 hectares is the ideal size to cultivate, because it had not been affected by agricultural production for the past 30 years – no artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides had been used here. This is the site where the first vineyards in Skalica were created. At this time, we also planted an orchard of 200 trees of predominantly original and local species.

2007

2012

We gradually planted approximately 2 000 roots of interspecific varieties of grapevine. We managed to obtain some of them in this area and some from breeding stations in the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. Altogether, we grow approximately 20 blue grape varieties and 30 table wine varieties for our wine production.

2012

2017

Based on the almost ten-year observation of the resilience and quality of varieties, we decided to plant specific species in larger production quantities. We also reviewed the knowledge of maintaining and growing vines. We decided to keep all our vineyards in the dense spacing of outplanting with dimensions of 0.6 x 1.25 metres.

2017

2018

This year, the official company with the trademark of Víno Hladký was established as a family business in the town of Skalica. We focus exclusively on interspecific varieties of grapevine (Vitis Vinifera).

2018
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