The wines sold at Veltlin are natural, or as the owners would call them – authentic. Veltlin is not your typical wine bar, the kind of place where you can flick absentmindedly through the menu and pick any old wine. Why? Well, Veltlin sells wines that have been grown in a swathe of land that used to be the old Austro-Hungarian empire, for a start. For those without a good grasp of bygone empires, we’re talking Hungary and Austria, Slovakia, Italy and, of course, the Czech Republic. But there’s a large map drawn on the wall by the counter here, should you need a geographical refresher.
Add Veltlin’s specificity to that the fact that the wines have no added yeasts, the vines had no chemicals sprayed on them, and the bottles are all from small and medium growers and it becomes clear; just as this is no typical wine bar, this isn’t your typical wine. So, it’s definitely worth having a chat while you’re here – firstly to find out what’s open and on offer, and secondly to get recommendations. Wines like these have stories and soul and it’s worth finding them out. It’s a good bet that you won’t have tried wine like this before.
Found in Karlín, Veltlin is an unassuming space, letting the wine take centre stage on a deep plum red rack that can’t help but draw the eye. Especially as it’s set off by the largely monochrome decor; a mix of white walls and blackboards, and whimsical white wallpaper illustrated with black line drawings. Scattered about the light-flooded space are a whole host of simple wooden chairs and tables, a coat rack in one corner, a few higher chairs pulled up to the gleaming bar. Much like the wines, this place feels authentic – and one of the best places to have a glass or two while you’re in Prague.