MY STORY

I was born on May 10, 1986 into a family with a long tradition of viticulture. My grandfather from Strážnice in Slovácko once moved to Znojmo and started making wine there. The other one lives in Velké Pavlovice and, as a cooper, is in charge of the production and repair of wine barrels. My father has also been involved in all phases of wine production so it might only be a natural outcome that he became the director of the newly established company Znovín Znojmo shortly after the privatization of the former Moravian wineries and he is still there today.

I have been helping in the vineyards since I was a child, but, at that time, I saw only the hard work surrounding this art. Maybe because I could not drink wine yet at that time. I found out that the vineyard not only means hard work all year round, but also the pleasure of tasting its fruits, when I enrolled in the only Czech wine high school in Valtice.

I started training my senses as a little boy when my grandfather led me into the cellar and uncorked a barrel so that I could smell Sauvignon or Gewürtztraminer with a hint of rose. It took me a long time to refine and sharpen my taste buds though. One needs to drink for that.

As a student I learned to cultivate vineyards with my fellow classmates, harvest grapes and produce the resulting bottles in the school cellars. It was at this time that I smelled authentic wines for the first time, supervised by Jaroslav Osička who taught viticulture there. Before graduation, however, the teaching focused mainly on the art of sommelier, which I began to pursue professionally after graduating from the University of Hospitality Management. Since 2011 I have been working at the Central Inspection and Testing Agricultural Institute, where I have been testing the cultivation of new or foreign varieties in the wine department and I have been involved, for example, in detecting the dominance of wines. I have also successfully completed my master's degree at the Nottingham Trent University.

In 2015, my friend and I founded Navajn - a project originally created to offer tours and wine tasting in Znojmo and around. We also started producing wine under this brand. It was a great ride and both of us invested our hearts as well as all our time and we enjoyed it. I was, however, always drawn to the vineyards. I wanted to tighten the established idea of ​​making wines with maximum expression of terroir. At the end of 2018, I left the company and founded my own winery. I dreamed of spending more time making wine and having my own grapes which needed all of my time. Finally, I launched my first wine in 2019.

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