On the terrace of the famous gathering place of young people (and everyone who feels like it), Swanky Monkey Garden in the centre of Zagreb in Ilica, around the Istrian winemaker Klaudio Tomaz, many women gathered, and there were also several men. After a long corona shocking break, members of the WOW (Women on Wine) association, their guests and journalists, came to socialize and party with Tomaz wines. After a long isolation and quarantine, it was a ray of optimism after al
Those who find themselves in the dawn in one of the small ports of Rijeka are likely to find fishermen carrying night catches from their ships in the Kvarner Bay. City fishermen have no problem with placement; Croatia's largest port always consumes fish, and inevitably catches are sent from the wholesale fish market to continental parts of Croatia. The citizens of Rijeka prefer to buy their fish at Placa, which opened at the end of the 19th century along the seashore, not far
It was quite busy in Prelac courtyard. The boxes of wine are rushing in and out of the family winery, ready to be delivered in several restaurants and shops in Istria. People greet us warmly and soon we were tasting great local wines, typical for Momjan. Somehow, the taste is not all new, since we get some deliveries through our friends from Prelac winery. But, this is quite a different story. The Prelac Family owns some of the oldest vineyards in Momjan, situated near the Ar
Medea wines and Vivat fine wines organized the first tasting of the new vintage wine of Medea Punta Greca. In addition to the new harvest of Punta Greca, the Medea sparkling wine and Medea Montiron Malvasia were tried as aperitif wines. The presentation was led by winery winemaker Marko Krstačić. Champagne Medea brute was made of Malvasia by the charmat method (drip in the tank) with eight grams of sugar and 11.5% of alcohol. Montiron is a Malvasia hybrid of fresh and whitewa
For the second year in a row, Istrian winemaker Franković was awarded the gold and silver medal at the world's prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards in London. The gold Decanter medal award went for this year's excellent matured Malvasia Franković Korona Sur Lie 2016, and the silver medal was awarded to Franković Teran 2017. Franković Korona Sur Lie 2016 is a wine that gives with its creamy texture full taste and long-lasting aftertaste that remains indelible in its memory.
To sit by the fire in the old family cellar of Lara and Marko Zgrablić is a sheer pleasure of Istrian winter. The young couple invited us to try their best product – the only wines produced in Sveti Petar u Šumi. The name of the place derives from the monastery historically known as Monasterium Sancti Petri in Sylvis (meaning in the woods). Thus, Zgrablićs decided to call their winery In Sylvis. And it fits perfectly! Lara and Marko started their winery back in 2014, when the
Punta Greca is the southernmost tip of the Istrian peninsula where wine is grown. It is one of such places on Earth where you want to go to forget everything, take several cases of books, buy some cheese along the way, and care for the vines for the rest of your life. No, we weren’t at the Punta Greca (we wouldn’t write this ‘cos we’d be willingly stranded on this cape), but we were at the owner of the vineyard there. It is the Medea winery, one of the Istria’s finest. It is
A soft breeze mildens the hot sun in Istria. It is almost noon and we are following Mr Daniel Bastijančić in his vineyard in the village of Brajkovići near Kanfanar. The breeze is the secret of these vineyards, tells Daniel while he proudly presents 80 years old vine, planted by his grand-grandfather. And it is not only good Istrian wines produced here: these wines are from eco-production. For those over eagerly oriented wine lovers, eco-wine is nothing else but old wine prod