Services > Places to visit > Český Krumlov > Culture, events

WINE FESTIVAL ČESKÝ KRUMLOV ®, 20. 10. - 30. 11. 2017

Wine festival Český Krumlov®

náměstí Svornosti 2
38101 Český Krumlov
Contact: Infocentrum Český Krumlov

Telephone: +420 380 704 622


Location: Český Krumlov
Type: Culture, events; Highlights

Location on the map

Český Krumlov Wine Festival® brings yet again an enticing mosaic of wine experiences. Their special menu will be served between October 20th and November 30th.

Below we bring tasting menu at restaurants, cultural programs and events connected with visiting winemakers and wine tasting up to date.

Arrival of St. Martin and Festive Opening of St. Martin´s Wine

Dates From - To
11.11.2017   (Sa) 11:11

Arrival of St. Martin

Festive arrival of St. Martin with St. Martin’s wine, tasting and sale of St. Martin’s wine.


Dates From - To
11.11.2017 - 19.11.2017   (Mo-Su)

St. Martin´s wine and menu Svatomartinské víno a menu Svatomartinské víno a menu

Traditional St. Martin’s goose in different recipes and St. Martin´s Wine at our partner restaurants:

* Tenis-Centrum
* Hospoda 99
* Hotel Růže
* Café Retro
* Hostinec DEPO
* Jakub restaurant
* Gourmet Restaurant Le Jardin - Hotel Bellevue
* Hotel Konvice
* Papa´s Living Restaurant
* Švamberský dům
* Hotel Zlatý Anděl
* Krčma Šatlava
* Restaurace Maštal
* Restaurace Jelenka


Dates From - To
25.11.2017   (Sa) 14:00 - 22:00

Castle Wine Celebration

Wine show with tasting and wine sale in Castle Riding School. A presentation of Czech and foreign wineries attended by their winemakers, cellar masters and sommeliers. Both cold and warm buffet.


Dates From - To
20.10.2017 - 30.11.2017   (Mo-Su)

Wine festival Český Krumlov®: Wine&Gastronomy&Culture

Special Festival menu at select restaurants as well as cultural programmes. Meet wine lovers and experts over a glass of wine.


Partners of Wine Festival Český Krumlov


St. Martin's Feast

St. Martin was born in 316 as Martin of Tours. His father was a pagan Roman officer in the Roman province of Upper Pannonia (today's Hungary) and he made Martin into a soldier when he was barely fifteen years old. Legend has it that Martin met a half-naked poor man begging for money on the street one dark cold night. Martin had no coins to give but wishing to protect the man from the elements, he tore his cloak in half and gave the beggar one part. Next night Christ Himself appeared to Martin, dressed in this half-cloak. Martin was so impressed by this sight that he got baptized on Easter 399 and devoted his life to God. He had to wait another 15 years before being released from the army with the rank of an officer. In 372 he became Bishop of Tours but continued to live a modest monk's life in a cottage near Loire River - on site of the future Marmoutier Abbey. St. Martin died in 397 aged 81 in Candes near Tours. He is patron Saint of soldiers, horses, riders, geese and winemakers. He is mostly pictured seated on a horse with half of his cloak and with a beggar.

St. Martin's Feast has traditional been one of the most popular ones in the year. This day marked the arrival of the first snow but also a full-blown feast. St. Martin's wine tradition can be traced back to the imperial court of Emperor Joseph II. where it was customary to toast St. Martin with the new wine of the year. On this day the seasonal service of winemakers at larger farms ended. They negotiated terms for the next season over a glass of first wine from the autumn harvest and while enjoying seasonal delicacies.

A well-fed roast goose usually served with a bread or potato dumpling and red cabbage is a traditional meal of this Feast. There are two legends explaining the goose dish. According to one legend, geese were disturbing St. Martin's sermon with their cackle and as punishment they end up in the roasting pan. According to another, Martin was so modest that he hid in a goose pen to avoid being ordained as bishop but geese betrayed him with loud cackling. Traditional dishes of St. Martin's Feast include pointed rolls filled with poppy seeds or plum jam paired with new wine, red or white which goes well with Bohemian specialties. St. Martin's Feast continues to be celebrated as a day of good food and wine.