Another circuit beginning in Lednice
is a route that leads through a landscape that is one of the warmest and sunniest parts of the Czech Republic. In the local vineyards around Velké Pavlovice
, red wines thrive in particular. Velké Bílovice, Vrbice, Bořetice, Velké Pavlovice and Rakvice
– these are the places along the route where you can sample these superb reds. Starting in Lednice
, head along the road marked 422 to Podivín, where you will connect with the Velké Pavlovice Wine Trail. It’s marked with a stylized light blue arch representing a wine-cellar entrance on the yellow sign indicating a cycle route. For a short distance you climb out of Velké Bílovice, from which a quiet road ascends directly between vineyards to the village of Vrbice. Along the way you’ll enjoy splendid views of seemingly endless vineyards. In Vrbice turn left, and after a pleasant downhill ride you’ll arrive in Bořetice
. Although it’s uphill again to the lookout tower Slunečná, the short ascent is not too challenging. And the views are truly worth it! In this area, red wines are exceptionally successful, especially the Blaufränkisch (Frankovka) and Saint Laurent (Svatovavřinecké) varieties. From nearby Velké Pavlovice
it’s a relaxed 5-kilometre stretch on flat or slightly downhill roadway to Rakvice
. In Rakvice you connect up again with the Velké Pavlovice Wine Trail, which will take you to the Chateau Pond just outside Lednice.