Keep updated on the thriving Croatian wine scene! With Croatian wine making undergoing a Renaissance, new wine projects, trails and vineyards are popping all over the county, vintages are gaining world acclaim, and vintners are trying out new methods, like aging wines on the seabed. Our small country's wine industry is making headlines and are Wine stories here make it easy to keep track of the news.
Winemaker Josip Galić has invested over 50 million kunas into building a winery equipped with the best contemporary machines. Despite that, they are determined to remain a boutique winery oriented toward producing so-called serious wines and making Slavonia region the next Tuscany. They are well-aware that the expensive machinery won’t so much contribute to the wine quality as investing in the vineyard. As of this year, they are expanding the business and have invested another 8 million into growing blueberries and chestnuts. Galić wines are distributed in 11 countries so far but they plan to increase their export and conquer new marketplaces.
Vron Bod – the First Plavac to Receive Decanter Award
Until recently, it was highly unlikely to find plavac wine among the Decanter awarded ones and they are also not significantly distributed around the world. However, Tonči Marijan has produced a wine that made a great impression and deserved a Decanter award, making it the first plavac wine to ever receive this recognition. Vron Bod’s home is on Hvar where it grows in a strategically thickly planted vineyard. It’s a smooth and delicate wine of fine ripe tannins with 15% of alcohol. It gives a soft, almost velvety aftertaste. Griotte and ripe plums dominate the taste, but you can also note dark chocolate and herbal touches. It is best paired with beefsteak, lamb meat or boeuf bourguignon.
Markus Franz Ferdinand Babić
Danijel Szabo's Babić has received the highest evaluation ever given to a Croatian dry red wine. It is grown in the vineyard built over a hundred years ago in Podgreben and it still bears fruit with unique characteristics. Those characteristics are represented in the minerality and concentration and the ability to stay fresh and lively despite the hot Mediterranean climate it is grown in. Black cherry dominates and it is perfectly balanced with the smoky aroma. It’s a taste that reminds of history and all the previous generations that have contributed with their love and special care for the sort. Babić quality certainly delivers yet again, although it will take another three to five years until it reaches its perfect condition. We are talking about a wine that is collection worthy, a product grown on a small piece of land that withstands difficult conditions of its surroundings.