Circuit with views not only of Pálava
Zaječí in the district of Břeclav has over 1400 inhabitants. Wine lovers as well as cyclists and tourists, who are offered trips through the wine landscape, will enjoy here.
At the Chapel
We start the journey in the center of Zaječí, a yellow tourist sign will take us to the outskirts of the village. We have before us a complex of buildings that gradually grew here from the original family Winery U Kapličky, founded in 2005.
Dalibor lookout tower
We climb the area of the winery to the Dalibor lookout tower. The 11-meter-high brick building offers a viewing platform at a height of 8 meters above its base after overcoming three iron ladders. We see the village of Zaječí and the path between the vineyards, which we walked a while ago.
In the opposite direction, we have Pavlovské vrchy and the Nové Mlýny reservoir in the palm of our hand.
The desire to sign up for the history of this place did not escape even the visitors of Dalibor.
Under the lookout tower
The viewing platform is not too high, who does not want to climb the ladders, is not deprived of a nice view of the region.
Restaurant, wine bar, wine shop, wine cellar, accommodation facility: U Kapličky it lives and it can be seen.
We continue along the sightseeing circuit through the vineyards. The U Kapličky winery manages less than 100 hectares of vineyards.
We cross the main road between the villages of Nové Mlýny and Zaječí and climb the marked path between the vineyards. In several places, a shot in rags appears between the rows of vines, pierced on a wooden pole or plank. I searched and here is the result: every year the harvest on the vineyard is decimated by starling raids. They are increasingly aggressive, with one million more added in the last 14 years. According to Cimrman's educational dictionary, the above-mentioned object is the so-called „voodoo doll“. In the spirit of voodoo magic, it serves to harm starlings during orgies, during which they shoot loudly with compressed gas in the vineyards.
We pass the Zelnice vineyard track with a view of the Na Rybníku and Býčí louka meadows.
Lighthouse lookout tower
The sub-destination of the journey appears. A wooden lookout tower with a steel staircase was built in 2012.
The lighthouse belongs to the cadastre of the village Přítluky. About 800 inhabitants live here. Cistercian monks established vineyards here as early as 1220.
We climb to the lookout tower. Even below it, there is a view of the Pavlovské vrchy and the Nové Mlýny reservoir.
The dominant feature of this part of the village is the monumental church of St. John the Baptist with a 43 meter high tower, located on the highest point of Zaječí.
View from the lookout tower
From the observation deck is a really beautiful circular view. In addition to Pálava, the Blue Mountains (Velké Pavlovice, Bořetice, Kobylí, etc.), Rakvice, Přítluky and other remote places are in the palm of your hand. It is one of the most beautiful views in our country.
From the lookout tower we return through the vineyards in the direction of Zaječí along the green marked tourist path.
We pass this hill, on which is one of the typical buildings in the vineyards. To clarify its purpose, I reopened Cimrman's educational dictionary: due to the large number of starlings at the time of ripening grapes, these towers are used to control the air traffic of the mentioned flying berry lovers.
After returning to the village, just look for one of the wine cellars and taste the jewels of the local wines. We were unlucky. It was closed everywhere during the coronavirus period. However, I hope that sometimes they will pour us there, despite my admiration for Cimrman.
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