Wineries

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Benazić

Istria
Last impressions Pioneer of Raša River Valley Te...
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Neven Benazić originates from Pićan, a small hilltop town in East Istria, where he inherited the land on steep slopes just below nearby hamlet of Sveta Katarina. As he explains, it is one of those special places where locals have been growing grapes from time immemorial, a place that triggered restart of the family wine tradition. The quality of this still undiscovered Istrian terroir can be tasted in all his wines but especially in Lucija Gold, a luscious dessert wine made from Yellow Muscat grapes that were dried on hay for three months. A must try that you can pair with blue cheese or milk chocolate mousse tart. You'll learn this and much more from Neven's wife Kornelija who majestically and with a dose of humor leads the tastings in their freshly opened tasting room.
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Piquentum

Istria
Last impressions Istrian indigenous grapes with ...
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Dimitri Brecevic (Piquentum wines) is young winemaker born in France who 10 years ago decided to start his own wine production in Istria. He studied in Bordeaux and has international winemaking carrier, but do not even bother asking him about Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. He believes only in grape varieties indigenous to Istria - Istrian Malvasia, Teran and Refošk - and produces wines that receive a lot of buzz lately. Dimitri does not use selected yeasts and he ferments his Malvasia at a bit higher temperatures (19-20 C) than in most Istrian wineries. Result? Aroma of his Malvasia is less intense and fruity, but more subtle and earthy in the mouth. His Teran is a cultivated beast while there are plenty of juicy red fruits in Refošk. If you pass near Buzet don't miss visiting his wine cellar. The entrance looks mysterious, like access to a top-secret underground military facility - it's an old water cistern made in the 30s when Italian administration ruled he
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Senjković

Dalmatia Split
Last impressions Warm and Honest Dalmatian Reds Makin grandpa Bosso proud
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Saša and his lovely wife Magdalena are wonderful hosts at their charming “vintage chic” tasting room right next to the winery in Dračevica. Listening to them tell their story while nibbling on homemade Dalmatian finger food and sipping their three wines (there’s more to come in future) makes time pass very slowly. And you should get Magdalena recite her poems about wine in Brač dialect, written on Bročko rič label. Label design reflects two things most important to them: family and home. So on the bottle of Bosso you can see the image of their great grandpa, the hobby winemaker, and the illustration on the charming Spoža (“Bride”) shows grandma Senjković on her wedding day. Bročko rič is an elegant everyday Plavac mali southern red, Bosso is its upgraded version, a full-bodied 14 months barrel-aged Plavac mali made from selected grapes, and Spoža is a wonderfully aromatic and addictive rosé wine made from, again, Plavac mali grapes. All three labels are true representatives of the Island of Brač, its Mediterranean soul, the perfect harmony of sun, sea and soil. And all three are a huge hit on the Croatian wine market. Staying true to their roots and choosing quality over quantity sounds like a great plan for the future of Senjković Winery.
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Marčeta

Istria
Last impressions Fresh Vegetables and Crisp Wines
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Marčeta family has a long-standing agricultural tradition and today they are the largest producer of vegetables in South Istria. While twenty years ago winemaking was just grandfather’s hobby, today his grandson Ivan, who recently took charge of the wine cellar, produces interesting and simple white wines which are delightfully quaffable in summer. Probably because they are lighter in alcohols, more angular and more herbaceous than what became the standard in Croatian Istria. Try Ivan’s beautiful Chardonnay with the traditional mussels buzara, and you’ll be in heaven.
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Trapan

Istria
Last impressions Classy Rock & Roll Joint With Y... Complex yet easy-to-understand ...
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Open cellars day in Istrian wineries - what a treat. Bruno Trapan's Wine Station in Šišan is a bit off the beaten path, and that's just the way he likes it. Coming there just before closing time, we thought we'd only find a couple of tired waiters. But that's just not the way Trapan does business - this laid-back wine artist prides himself in swimming upstream. For example, having bought a stretch of land in the vicinity of the small village of Šišan a couple of years ago, Bruno experimented with the Istrian red variety of teran in what was considered an unorthodox place to complement his already renowned whites such as Uroboros malvasia. Both he and his customers were rewarded with some of the best teran in recent years, for which he has received unanimous praise from his peers. And we most definitely agree. Come to this classy rock & roll joint, meet your first people's winemaker and take home a few bottles of Terra Mare - you won't regret it one bit!