Milan Nestarec, the rising star of natural wine in the Czech Republic, leading the collective known as Autentitsé, which promotes enlightened agriculture and the production of wines with little to no additives. But first and foremost he is indeed a vigneron, having not long ago inherited the eponymous estate of his father Milan Nestarec Sr. – 8 hectares of vineyards (40 000 vines) planted in 2001, located in Moravie, in the south of the Czech Republic, only 15 km north of the Austrian border. The estate is planted with more than a dozen varietals – from Grüner Veltliner and Neuburger, to Riesling and Pinot Noir – and is renowned for its skin-contact white wines and for maturing wines in acacia wood barrels. As Milan puts it, “The cuvées that come from our winery reflect the good and bad characteristics of the people who helped make them. They’re not asking for anyone’s compliments or praises. At first they may be closed, but once they’ve had time to relax, they become expressive and loyal friends.” So, let’s all raise our glasses - na zdraví!