Church of Virgin Mary's Birth
|Region||South Moravian Region|
|• Mayor||Marie Vlková|
|Elevation||176 m (577 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Velké Bílovice (Czech pronunciation: [ˈvɛlkɛː ˈbiːlovɪtsɛ]) is a town in the Czech Republic. It is a part of the Břeclav District in the South Moravian Region and is located about 45 km southeast of Brno and 80 km northeast of Vienna. It has a population of 3,899 (2016). It is the largest grapevine-growing town in the Czech Republic with more than 730 hectares of vineyards.
The first written record of Velké Bílovice comes from 1306 but the area was settled much earlier. Houses of Liechtenstein and Žerotín were the most important owners in the history of Velké Bílovice. In the 16th century, group of Hutterites (Habáni) settled in the area, cultivated grapevine and built many large wine cellars.
Velké Bílovice was officially promoted to town status in 2001.
Places of interest
Hutterite (Habánské) wine cellars - the biggest one was built around 1614 and is located near the pond Velký Bílovec in the direction of Čejkovice. Its current owner is the company Habánské sklepy.
Town Museum - There you can find local folk costumes, many archaeological finds from the area, old farm tools and other interesting things associated with the history of the town.
Hill Hradištěk is a very visible local landmark. From the hill you can see not only the town but also many other nearby towns and villages and very many vineyards. Under good weather conditions you can also see monumental Pálava upland, wind farms in Austria and even distant White Carpathian mountains. On the hilltop there is a chapel which is consecrated to four saints: St. Urban (patron saint of winemakers), St. Wenceslas (patron saint of the Czech Lands) and St. Cyril and Methodius (patrons saint of Christianity in the Czech Lands).
Viticulture and winemaking - Velké Bílovice boasts more than 650 privately owned wine cellars located in 40 named cellar streets and more than 730 hectares of vineyards (the largest area in the Czech Republic).
Culture and festivities
“Hody” (the Feasts) is the most important folk festival in Velké Bílovice. It begins on the first Sunday after the Day of the Virgin Mary's Birth (September 8), patron saint of the local church, and continues till Tuesday. On the Saturday before the Feasts festive maypole is manually erected. The main celebration takes place on Sunday, when many visitors even from far away come to admire the folk costume parade, which is annually attended by more than 50 costumed couples. In 2017 the event takes place on September 10, 11 and 12.
From wine cellar to wine cellar - During this event you can literally wander from one local wine cellar to another and taste plenty of different varieties of wines from many different winemakers. It is regularly held on Saturday at the turn of March and April. In 2017 the event takes place on April 1.
Wine exhibition - Wine tasting of wines made not only by local winemakers, but also winemakers from near and far away. It is regularly held in the local ''Kulturní dům'' (House of Culture) on Saturday at the turn of April and May. In 2017 the event takes place on May 6.
Nové Mlýny reservoirs - have good conditions for fishing, yachting and windsurfing. On one of its islands you can find the church of St. Linhart (Leonard), which is the last remaining relic of the flooded village Mušov.
The nearest railway station is located 3 km away in Podivín.
Since 2006 the mayor is Marie Vlková (Union of Independents).
- Libor Zapletal (1920-1944), soldier and member of the airdrop Bivouac, executed in Mauthausen concentration camp
- Media related to Velké Bílovice at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website of the town (Czech)
- Winemakers Guild of Velké Bílovice (Czech)
- Town Museum of Velké Bílovice (Czech)
- "Population of municipalities of the Czech Republic on January 1, 2016" (PDF).
- Situation and Outlook Report - grapevine and wine - October 2015 (Czech)
- Billowitz Hutterite Colony (Moravia)
- Official website of the town - History of Velké Bílovice (Czech)
- Official website of the town - Hutterite (Habánské) wine cellars (Czech)
- Town Museum of Velké Bílovice (Czech)
- Official website of the town - Parish church (Czech)
- Official website of the town - General Information (Czech)
- Winemakers Guild of Velké Bílovice - Cellar streets (Czech)
- Official website of the town - Calendar of cultural events (Czech)
- Official website of the town - Cultural events in Velke Bilovice (Czech)
- From wine cellar to wine cellar 2017 (Czech)
- Wine exhibition 2016 (Czech)