Stina (“rock, stone” in Dalmatian dialect) is not a family winery success story nor a hobby winemaker gone large-scale, but a rather new phenomena happening lately on the Croatian wine scene: a successful businessman in his prime eager to invest some “pocket money” into wine making and set a new entrepreneurial challenge. Although there’s big money and corporate feel surrounding Stina, it doesn’t necessarily mean a bad thing. On the contrary, Jako Andabak, Dalmatian businessman behind this project, certainly doesn’t lack passion and love for wine, and he can get the best grapes, top locations, enologists, equipment, and relatively quick results. So far, Stina wines are getting some very good feedback from wine enthusiasts and the market, and the first harvest was in 2009.
However, the first real PR boom for Stina happened thanks to its innovative label, designed by the famous agency Bruketa&Žinić. It was awarded with Gold at Europian Design Awards and Bronze at Art Directors Club. Not a bad start for a bottle! And what’s inside is also quite fascinating. We’re talking about a strong, full-bodied but polished and soft Plavac mali red wine. It pays its due respect to tradition, yet it’s undoubtedly oriented towards future and global market. Since the wine is still quite young and has a promising aging potential, we’re predicting it a bright future. Apart from their iconic Stina Plavac mali (comes in three categories), they’re also producing Crljenak, native Dalmatian whites like Pošip and Vugava, as well as Opol (Dalmatian version of rosé) and dessert wine Prošek.