Moravia, Czech Republic
Born into a winemaking family in a winemaking village, Milan Nestarec and his family manage 50ha, 27 of which are for production, in the Moravian town of Velké Bílovice.
In 2008, young Milan took over the family operation and switched the vineyards and cellar to organic and low intervention later that same year, 2009 marks his first commercial vintage, where he adopted spontaneous fermentation, ageing on gross lees and only a little sulphur.
Since the beginning, Milan’s wine production has undergone a stylistic evolution, always swinging between his desire of making classy wines and his crave to make more fun ones. In his words, his wines are ‘normal wines made in the normal way’. Wines that strive for quality, consistency and longevity. His cuvées have a sheer diversity and dynamism that reflect his own energy.
Gruner Veltliner, Neuburger, Pinot Blanc and Muller Thurgau; Blaufrankisch and Pinot Noir
Minerality-driven soils, typical for the area
Mostly loess and clay, with some sandy plots
Around 20-30 years old
All wines are done with with spontaneous fermentation, and are usually vinified in oak and acacia barrels.
They do a manual harvest with a sorting table and only wild yeast. Gentle maceration for the reds, and a small varying length of skin contact for whites. No fining or filter.
Milan studied winemaking with Aleš Kristančič of Movia, where he learned a great deal about the art of making skin fermented white wines.
Nestarec has been farming organically since 2009
"We believe in our soil, which has been washed by rain and heated by the sun for thousands of years. The result is a soil rich in minerals contribute to the uniqueness of our wine. The work with soil and nature leads to a deep understanding of life. It is not just about materialism, there is a spiritual dimension"- Milan Nestarec
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BACKGROUND OF NATURAL WINE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
The Czech Republic's natural wine scene is a dynamic expression of the country's rich viticultural history and a growing movement towards sustainable, low-intervention winemaking. Steeped in winemaking traditions dating back to medieval times, the Czech Republic has experienced a revival in recent years, with a growing number of winemakers embracing natural winemaking practices. The South Moravian region, particularly around towns like Mikulov, Znojmo, and Velké Bílovice, has emerged as a hub for natural wine production, boasting a diverse terroir and favourable climate. Local grape varieties such as Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling, and Moravian Muscat take centre stage, reflecting the unique character of Czech natural wines that are gaining recognition among enthusiasts worldwide.