Richard Stávek, Moravia, Czech Republic
RICHARD Stávek is one of the true pioneers of natural winemaking in Moravia. His cellars and vineyards are in and around a small town called Němčičky. He began making wine in the mid 1990’s. Richard is a constant tinkerer and farmer of all sorts and believes strongly in a holistic approach to his relation with the land. We were served water from his well and walnuts from his orchard. Besides Richard also makes honey and goat cheese, farms apricots, cherries, and many seasonal vegetables besides grapes.
He oversees 15 hectares of land, with 4.5 hectares dedicated to grape vines featuring some little known indigenous grape varieties. Richard take the concept of terroir to another level by using acacia wood from his own forest to make barrels for elévage of some of his wines. Most of his wines are field blends.
In the winery, the focus is on traditional practices, treading barefoot, inclusion of whole bunches, fermentation in wooden vats, gravity racking, very limited or no use of sulphur dioxide.
Wines in the UK
Divy Ryšák 2016
Mlady Boček 2017
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