Saint Wenceslas Vineyards and Villa Richter restored and opened to the public
A corner of Prague Castle's grounds long hidden and possibly forgotten by many has been restored and opened to the public for the first time this month. The Saint Wenceslas' Vineyard and the Villa Richter, a summer house on the same site, were long closed off to the public. But now, after careful reconstruction, visitors will be able to take in a tour of the Villa and Vineyards whilst visiting Prague's world famous castle.
I spoke to Frantisek Kadlec, Head of Tourism for Prague Castle Administration, who explained the history behind the site.
So it seems that despite some people claiming otherwise, the production of wine has more to do with Charles than with Wenceslas, but it is the latter's name which has stuck to this site. As for the villa, this is named for the Richter family who first acquired the site in the 18th Century. The building remained in their hands until the twentieth century, when the course of history started off a series of changes of ownership for the villa. Frantisek Kadlec again:
The view from the previously inaccessible vineyards and Villa Richter, out over both the Old Town and Mala Strana, provides a fresh and dramatic panorama over Prague. The upper parts of the vineyard will be growing Riesling and Pinot Noir vines, as in the era of Charles IV himself. If the views alone aren't enough to tempt tourists, then plans for wine tasting events should.