My ancestors used to run a family restaurant as far back as the era of the First Czechoslovak Republic (the 1920s and 30s). Later, their descendant Karel Kubata became a renowned chef, keeping up the family tradition. My primary goal is to make sure the name Kubata is still going strong in gastronomy today.
“My journey towards wine”
Unknowingly, I took the first step towards my business in 1990, enrolling in a school in Poděbrady to become a waiter. In 1998 I made an extremely pleasant finding: there are also good wines in the world. It was there where I started working as a waiter a year later and began to learn the complexities and secrets of wine. I would like to thank Michal Procházka, who guided my steps at that time and introduced me into the world of wine, for his kindness and patience. As time went by, I served tables at numerous other restaurants, the last one was "U Básníka pánve" ("The Frying Pan Poet") in Vinohrady, Prague. You might say I spent that time serving poetry on plates. In 2008, my waiter years came to an end and I started working with wine as a sales representative. Everything went well until my boss "rewarded" my years of loyal work by offering me a job as a driver. For that, I am eternally thankful to him, since if it wasn't for that, I wouldn't be writing these lines today. With a heavy heart, I left the company to work outside my desired field for some time. Thanks to my family, friends and former customers, I soon found enough courage to start my own business. After years of gathering experience and knowledge in gastronomy, wine shops, wineries and cooperation with Michal Procházka, I founded my own company: Vinum Ipsum – wine is a cure. It happened in 2011. I set forth to reach my goal without any capital to back me up. A big thank is due to all my customers! The “Vinum Ipsum philosophy” is to bring genuine and honest wines from authentic and distinctive winemakers. My winemaking partners are people of the finest character who put their heart into wine production zealously. Their wines reflect their respective terroir (starting with, but not limited to, local wild yeast). Their mission is to create wines that express values concealed within vineyards and subregions; wines that draw their unique character from surroundings, soil, steepness, orientation, microclimate and specific characteristics of their place of origin. While tending their vineyards, the winemakers listen closely to nature and carefully consider every single step, because the perfect balance is the only way to create wine that carries a true image of nature. That is about winemakers from the beautiful Southern Moravia, as well as sunny Italy.
Martin Kubata , Vinum Ipsum owner and a sommelier