Chateau Valtice and Wine Salon of the Czech Republic
The Valtice Chateau was the entailed seat of the Liechtenstein dynasty. Its fortune is demostrated by the extensiveness and pompous look of the whole complex. The Valtice Chateau itself is situated east of the main city square. Its present appearance is the work of three remarkable members of the Liechtenstein dynasty in the first half of the 18th century.
The first member was Anton Florian from Liechtenstein (1656-1712), the chief seneschal at the court of Charles IV. Being one of the most infuential man of the empire his aim was to rebuild a Renaissance Chateau into a representative seat suitable for a man with his status. Therefore he hired Anton Johann Ospel (1677-1756), a Vorarlberg architect with experience from Rome, Spain and Portugal. According to his project a Renaissance Chateau was changed into a large Baroque residence that was extended by horse breeding facilities (riding hall, Spanish stabling) and other administrative buildings.
After Anton Florian’s death prince Josef Johann Adam from Liechtenstein (1690-1732) came to the throne and changed the functioning and artistic concept of Valtice Chateau. Since he spent most of the time at his Moravian manors, spirit of the whole complex has changed from a residential seat into a pleasant place for an infuential aristocrat to live. This change was achieved by building a few „maison de plaisance“ objects, hiring a French architect Dominique Girard – the author of plans for the Chateau garden - and last but not least a Bologna architect Antonio Maria Nicolao Beduzzi (1675-1735). One of the most beautiful temple premises in Moravia - the Chaple of Valtice Chateau - as well as the symbolic closing of the urbanistic concept symbolised by the so-called Altana both originated in this era.
Josef Václav from Liechtenstein (1696-1772) was the last member of the Liechtenstein Dynasty who has influenced the appearance of the Valtice Chateau significantly. Although his main court architect Anton Erhart Martinelli (1684-1747) has completed the reconstruction according to his predecessor’s plans, he also refined and simplified his style. This change is mostly visible at the northwestern facade towards the city of Mikulov. Moreover, the old castle that was connected to the Chateau in the place of today’s garden facade was destroyed.
The Valtice Chateau complex serves as a seat of the National Wine Centre, a non-profit organisation that runs the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic. The Wine Salon of the Czech Republic is the top wine contest in the Czech Republic that frames the system of nomination exhibitions. The competition itself is followed by permanent public degustation exposition of the top 100 wines placed in the cellar premises of the state-run chateau in Valtice.
After the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic collection is chosen, wines are bought and stored in wine cellars of The National Wine Museum where visitors and general public can taste any of them. Wine stored in the salon is meant to represent the winary while the exposition provides both Czech and foreign visitors with necessary information about each wine that will be represented in the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic.These wines can be purchased. The cellar premises of The National Wine Centre include exposition about our viticulture and wine regions as well as a shop with bottles‘ gift packs, viticulture literature, tasting glasses or sommeliers‘ facilities.
Attractions in the trip destination
- Impressive Baroque seat of the Liechtenstein Dynasty offers an exhibitions that shows representative premises. The tour is accompanied by period music, historical fencing or guides dressed in period costumes in summer months
- The English-style Chateau Park with a size of 27 hectares constitutes a separate circuit. Petite Baroque objects such as the Frog Cellar or an artificial cave Hell are surrounded by stunning fauna and flora. Another attraction is a herb garden at the entrance to the Chateau cellar
- Educational exposition about the history of viticulture, wine regions and wine mutations
- Degustation exposition of the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic – top 100 wines to taste
- Herb Garden Tiree Chmelar
- Baroque Theatre
Special offers and eventsValtice Chateau
- Wine Market
- Wine Festival of Valtice – traditional venue for wine lovers in the Spanish stabling
- Traditional Feast of Valtice – folklor and wine in the Winter riding hall
The Wine Salon of the Czech Republic
- Besides of 100 wines there are presentations of rosé wine, young awarded wine and many other kinds of wine in summer months.
1st floor (visit of the permanent installed interiors)
- Main Tour (55 min.)
- Chateau Chapel
- Baroque Chapel Theatre (45 min.)
Extra fees for special services
- Tour in English - 100 %
- Entry outside the opening hours - 100 %
- Entry in a low season - 100 %
- Take photos + 100 CZK (4,00 €)
- Wedding tour with an option to take photographs 1.000 CZK
The Wine Salon of the Czech Republic – Opening hours:Tuesday – Thursday 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 10.30a. m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday (June - September) 10.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
(open all year round except for January when the exposition of new vintage is being organised)
Trips in the neighbourhood
- Rendez- Vous Hunting Seat (approximately 2 km towards Břeclav)
- Observatory at the Collonade at Raistna (approximately 2 km towards Schrattenberg)
- Liechtenstein House in Břeclav
Degustation exposition is accessible by wheelchair from the Technical courtyard (upon telefonical agreement). The circuit for visitors at Valtice Chateau is barrier-free, disabled visitors will however need help to the 1st floor where it starts.