In Mala Rakovica, a wine growing region near Samobor, stands the cellar and vineyard of the Župančić family. This small vineyard paradise treasures spectacular wines and traditional Samobor bermet, and is situated on a rolling hill surrounded by forest.
The love towards home and family, work, nature, grapes, and the wine is necessary to succeed in wine business and Župančić family is proud to have such a success. The unique setting of the cellar and vineyards, which has been known as “Žgančev Breg” for centuries, enables the family to cultivate high quality wines.
Župančić is known for production of bermet, a traditional aperitif from Samobor. Throughout centuries, this flavoured wine produced from selected sorts of dark grapes with the additional of wormwood, fruits and different herbal ingredients, has been cornerstone of Samobor dining table. As a unique feature of Samobor region, Župančić produces it according to a traditional family recipe, and is cultivated in the family cellar. If you ask if this bermet is good, you should know it won the golden medal at the Zagreb county wine festival this year.
But bermet is not everything Župančić makes. There are high quality white and red wines, with old and traditional names. Absolute favourite is white cuvee Plemenitaš, known not only in Samobor or Croatia, but in the whole world. This wine got extraordinary award at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 in London. World famous sommeliers gave Vlado and Zdravo Župančić such a confirmation that makes them sure in their plans, wine production, and right way ahead.
Apart from Plemenitaš, the cellar offers green Silvaner, Rhineriesling, and Chardonnay. Another bliss from Župančić cellar is Kraluš, the newest brand from the homestead. This is sparkling wine but special in flavour as it contains Bermet. It will be very interesting to hear the impressions when this wine becomes widely known.
Without a doubt, Župančić is among the best wineries you can visit on the Samobor Wine Road, and certainly the Decanter-level producer in Croatia. Is there any doubt whether someone should visit him?