Ivan Kosovec decided to treat Škrlet somewhat differently, and really made a boom among wine geeks with his Škrlet Selekcija label. It’s a roller coaster ride for your palate!
Ten years ago passable rosé wines in Croatia were as numerous as the population of zebras. Now the situation is quite different. Here are some of our old and new favourites for spring/summer 2013.
Located in the ghetto neighborhood of Diocletian palace, this may be the smallest but craziest joint in town with a tempting selection of rakija (local grappa) offered in more than 25 smashing flavours at 9-15 kn a pop!
Agrolaguna has raised the standards in recent years and started taking wine business seriously, aiming to have both quality and quantity. Their line-up today covers all the basic stuff Istria has to offer, often excellent value for money.
Ako dođete druge godine na Karakterr uvjerit ćete se da “prirodna” vina nisu u prvom redu podražaji za nos i nepce. Prije ih bi se moglo opisati kao stimulans za desnu stranu mozga, onu emotivnu i sintetičku.
Alen Bibić is a real visionary. He built a successful private winery in secluded Dalmatian hinterland, used underrated local varieties to make high-quality labels and he was one of the first exporters of Croatian wine to the USA.
Pojam “organska-biodinamička-prirodna vina” s kojim se u zadnje vrijeme srećemo širom planeta lingvistički je sklop koji u jednu kategoriju pokušava strpati sve nekonvencionalne načine proizvodnje vina. Bez obzira što je kovanica na rubu logike jer su razlike između pojedinih pristupa …
Last May Taste of Croatia team gave a workshop on Dalmatia Wine Expo in Makarska where we paired massive Plavac Mali wines with a dessert we specially designed for these feral beasts in the glass. Here is the recipe.
Korta Katarina (KK) is the pet project of American business mogul Lee Anderson and it is apparent that no expense has been spared in the construction of this state-of-the-art winery, which produced its first vintage in 2006.
Though Jasna inherited a centuries-old family winemaking tradition, it was only eight years ago that she formally entered the noble craft . Without mincing words, we can say that she has quite decisively nullified the notion that only men are blessed with the ability to make fine wines.
Bringing life back to Šibenik downtown
Over 90 Croatian wines by the glass, over 20 types of cheese offered daily in a cosy atmosphere!
Wines from the Peljesac peninsula at reasonable prices! Plus wine tastings and parties.
Located on the mysterious island of Vis, this winery is cleverly housed in a cave that was once an army installation during the time of Tito; a historical reminder bringing you back to Vis´ time of almost 50 years of isolation.
We have found 7 resfreshing bottles in Plastovo, the home of three excellent winemakers: Alen Bibić, Marko Sladić and Marinko/Juraj Sladić. After Anthony Bourdain’s visit of Bibich winery this small village just few kilometers from Skradin is on the way to become world famous.
Who says you need to spend a fortune for a good (Croatian) wine?! To overcome that prejudice, we decided to make a list of budget-friendly Croatian wines you should try with family & friends.
Takvu kompleksnu i zahtjevnu personu, koje se ne želi isticati, u ruke mora uzeti istinski zaljubljenik. Vinar oboružan strpljenjem, ljubavlju i znanjem izvući će iz nje samo najljepše tonove i pokazati svijetu koliko je slijep kad trči za drugima.
As I leave, everything becomes crystal clear. In this small village above Mirna river valley, female touch managed to push a small family winery beyond the tradition, creating a style that makes Cossetto wines so easy to understand and recognize.
Frano Miloš is one of the pioneers of family owned boutique wineries not only in his Pelješac, probably the most prestigious wine region in Croatia, but in the whole country.
Family Vuina comes from Kaštela near Split, surely not one of the most famous winemaking locations in Croatia. But Neven Vuina will prove you wrong.
Benvenuti brothers are famous for their Istrian Malvasia cultivated on the white soil rich in clay and limestone.
If you’re heading to Slavonski Brod from the west, driving on the old road, just before you get there, you’ll see a sign Vinska cesta Brodskog Stupnika – Wine Road of Brodski Stupnik. It would be a shame not to turn left into the vineyards.
This is not the story about the inevitable success of Malvasia in the near future. It is about Teran red wine, another great potential that is currently hiding in Istrian vineyards. The following facts make me believe that Teran will be a new born star in the Istrian wine galaxy…
This great Croatian winemaker acted like Don Quijote in many situations, paving the way for his wine brothers.
Radovan’s red wines are not only fair priced but are also among the best in Croatia. His Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Teran are characterized by nice extract that is never tiring, it is always elegantly balanced with freshness and minerality, the latter originating from red earth soil – Terra Rossa.
Non-typical for the area where he has vineyards, considered the Croatian kingdom of Graševina, Krunoslav Bartolović based his wine philosophy in Golden Valley on red wines. More precisely, on Syrah/Shiraz, in which he fell in love 12 years ago during his visit to Australia.
Connoisseurs claim that Krunoslav Sontacchi from Kutjevo is the most promising name on Croatian wine scene. In any case, he is the greatest wine fanatic, but also the only one who can say that his dog Spačko lives in – a wine barrel!
The new Kozlović winery is a must-visit not only for every wine enthusiast but also for everyone interested to see a beautiful example of the marriage of modern architecture and nature.
Their ancestors bestowed them with the best vineyard positions, so Velimir Korak feels that by producing the best wines they honour their heritage.
Duboković Wines Review Duboković, “prije 6009 godina” 2009 – Score 87 Deep, dark red colour. Pleasant aroma, mostly spices. Tobacco and mild oak are the dominant aromas in the beginning. Soon the aroma opens towards more modern spice notes like …
Although the recession is all around, it is unthinkable for an average Croat to welcome the New Year without hearing the pop from a bottle of sparkling wine. Twenty years ago, on the market there was only Bakarska Vodica, which …
In case you want to spend a bit more, reward either yourself or your friends and family, here are our suggestions for great Croatian wines under 100 kn (15 €).
Lonely hamlet of Medveje is situated on the green hills that surround Butoniga Lake from the north, some 13 km south from Buzet. This place, far from any main road, is worth visiting not only because of the idyllic landscape and …
The first who started planting red grape varieties in Ilok was Domagoj Buhač, the owner of Buhač winery, who from his 19 hectares gets about 100.0000 L of wine. He is mostly known for his Merlot that is considered as the best buy red wine in Croatia.
Capo Winery is the new player on Croatian wine scene, with serious ambitions to join the Istrian elite already after the first harvest. Located in Fernetići, close to Brtonigla, most vineyards are near the village and the winery. The vineyards …
Review by our friend and passionate wine enthusiast eNOgAStrObRUtaL. A rare wine indigenous to Pag island. And a perfect companion to Pag cheese. 14,7 % vol Gegić is an indigenous grape variety cultivated only on the island of Pag and …
It is nice to see that Stancija Meneghetti is not just another luxury holiday villa for clientele with deep pockets but also a place where outstanding extra virgin olive oils and innovative wines (innovative because in Istria winemakers are somewhat novice in the art of blending) are being produced.
This muscled rosé handled intense duck flavors with ease and its strong minerality washed out the fat in our mouths so efficiently that the duck disappeared in a glimpse.
This vertical tasting of Santa Lucia was done at two separate occasions. The first one took place on 26 November 2010 with journalists from the American Wine Enthusiast Jeff Jenssen and Mike Desimon in the winery itself, and the second …
Rossi family doesn’t have only long standing tradition in winemaking. In their vineyard you’ll find a high tech meteorological station capable of forecasting few days in advance the attack of various vine diseases.
Grabovac family owns the biggest and most successful private winery in Imotski area. No wonder, knowing that the art of wine making has been running in the family for some 200 years.
Luka is the man who will surely take the credit when Pošip, the pride of Korčula winemaking, shoots to fame outside Croatia. Combination of low yield per vine and modern vinification techniques creates wines with a polished international style, which …
Recently this summer, a renowned British wine critics quintet called the Wine Gang visited Croatia, hosted by the Wine Department of Croatian Chamber of Commerce. They had a thorough tasting of wines from all Croatian regions in Zagreb, and then …
Frano Milina Bire has a beautiful family farm on a peaceful, isolated location near Lumbarda on the island of Korčula. He started with organized tours and dinners for tourists, offering them a taste of local produce like goat cheese, dry-cured ham, organic vegetables, sugared almonds, olive oil, brandies and wine.
Ivan Damjanić is a young 30-something winemaker whose wines are more famous in Croatian capital Zagreb than in Istria. He proudly tells me that he owns most of the vineyards I can see from his house in a small hilltop …
Rose definitivno ulazi u modu. Hvala bogu. Nakon više desetljeća zanemarivanja ovog jedinstvenog stila i sukladno tome mizernog tržišnog udjela koji često nije prelazio niti 1% stvari se napokon mijenjaju. I to koracima od sedam gora. Do jučer kategorija potpuno …
Winery Dvanajščak-Kozol is one of the younger and smaller ones in Međimurje, where more or less everything is already small and lo-fi by default, but in a positive way. Visit this friendly family on the sunniest hill in the area …
Even thirty years ago everybody knew that the best terroir for Teran is on the hills near Motovun, where Dešković winery and agritourism is settled.
Every Istrian winemaker will agree, Giorgio Clai is the most passionate winemaker on the peninsula, whose wines can be found in top restaurants of New York and San Francisco.