I am not a big wine

Chasing the essential, celebrating the mindful.

These last couple of years, people tend to talk about terroir, barrels, batonnage, etc. Big wine is a thing. Not saying it's not important, but when I drink wine with my friends, we just talk about life and have fun. As simple as that. Soil, subsoil, barriques - we couldn't care less.

Every winemaker wants to make a big wine and works hard on it. But, most of the wines that have made a mark on me weren't big. They simply had some energy to share with their drinkers. Drunk at the right time, the right place and with the right people, which I think is way more important. Most of the really good winemakers that inspire me don't showcase their wine as “big” anyways.

And this wine is my answer to that. I'm happy doing “small“ wines as long as it's fun to make them. Based on wines with the highest zing, usually only a little skin contact, usually old vines. Riesling, Chardonnay and a pinch of local varietals, from a couple of different vineyards. Aged in local acacia barrels for freshness yet still some ability to age. We usually bottle it in 750ml so no bigness possible anyways, lol.

The story behind the White Label I'm 200% positive that the most important thing is the person who makes the wine. It’s not about a varietal, or a famous village in a famous region - because even those wines can get the bad karma of being massacred in the cellar. It's all about the name on the bottle. A name you can trust, because you know how the winemaker works and that it's a style you enjoy. Hence the Nestarec white label, with my signature on it. (A tad prettier than IRL because my usual scribble is unreadable.) Together with Tereza, my graphic designer, we started taking out elements that weren’t essential - until only “Nestarec” and the name of the wine remained. A purist approach to both what's in the bottle and on it. Because, as they say, perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

I don't wanna look like a natural born sage - it took me some time to get there. My journey, like many others, has been paved with gold engravings and curlicues, like on a fancy tombstone. “Nestarec, a wine for funerals”, as a friend of mine dubbed it back then. Oops. But I remember that period fondly - it's a part of my evolution. No regrets, like in that famous Edith Piaf song.

All the wines are made without any added sulfur (with the exception of Běl). Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast, mostly a year or two in bigger old barrels from local oak or acacia wood. No fining or filtration. The normal way, simply put.

Wanna drink this?  These are the guys to ask where to get my wine in your country.

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