Winemakers are expecting a weaker harvest. Some will raise prices due to rising costs

Winemakers are expecting a weaker harvest. Some will raise prices due to rising costs
Winemakers are expecting a weaker harvest. Some will raise prices due to rising costs

“It is still too early to evaluate this year’s harvest, we will see according to the percentage of must, i.e. the number of liters of must pressed from the original weight of the processed grapes. But it is already clear that it will be weaker compared to last year, by about 10 percent, says winemaker Pavel Hrabkovský from Velké Žernoseke.

“Our production is around 35,000 liters per year, we fill about 10,000 bottles, and we sell the rest as bottled wine,” added the winemaker.

Despite the ever-increasing costs, when, for example, the price of bottles has increased by up to 15 percent since last year, the winery is not yet considering a price increase.

“I am a supporter of having the wine sold rather than raising the price and having it remain in our cellar. We sell wines for an average of 150 crowns per bottle, and I think that is an adequate price,” noted Hrabkovský.

The price of burčák, which was on offer at the Žernošek wine harvest at the weekend, remained the same as last year, paying one hundred per liter. “I hear opinions that people would buy a burčak for more, but I wouldn’t pay that kind of money for it. A hundred is just right,” mentioned the winemaker.

On the other hand, Dalibor Mikulenka, owner of the Mikulenko Family Winery in Žerno, is planning to raise prices from next year.

“If inputs are high, we cannot sell below cost. We will raise the price by 5 to 10 percent,” he said, adding that a bottle of Hibernal dry white wine is now sold for 190 crowns, and a bottle of Mopr wine from last year’s harvest for 230 crowns.

“We will sell our entire production, which is about 13,000 bottles of wine and 5,000 liters of burčák, at the winery, and I am not afraid that people will not buy it at a higher price,” said Mikulenka.

Winemaker: We will bring water to the plants

The Český vinařství Chrámek na Mostecko is also expecting an increase in the price of its wines. The reason, as elsewhere, is the high cost of energy and other inputs. “For the more expensive wines, which cost 350 kroner per bottle, we will keep the price, for the cheaper ones around 100 kroner, we will increase the price by about 10 percent,” said Kateřina Kreisinger, the manager of the local winery.

At the same prices as last year, wine lovers will continue to buy at the Vičické winery Mikulášek from Březno na Chomutovska. “A bottle here costs 250 crowns, and if we raise the price, I’m afraid that people won’t buy the wine,” says winery co-owner Jakub Mikulášek.

“The harvest is not good this year, we started pressing burca and instead of several thousand liters it will be two, which is only 30 percent compared to previous years,” he explained the harvest, saying that it was affected by a severe drought. “We are taking steps to bring drip irrigation to the plants. If we had it already this year, the harvest would be significantly better. But we have already learned to live with the fickleness of nature, there is no other way,” added Mikulášek.

The article is in Czech

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