Winegrowing, production and cultivation of grapes in Medjimurje dates back to the Antiquity, but winemaking expanded notably beginning of the last century. Winegrowing is mostly a family enterprise in Medjimurje, so the winegrowers launch their exceptional wines to Croatia and the world straight from their wine cellars.
The following recommended varieties of wine prevail: Graševina (Welschriesling), White Riesling, Moslavac (Furmint), Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminac (Gewurztraminer und Red Traminer), Muscat Blanc while red wine varieties are represented by Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Wine Road is undoubtedly one of the most famous tourism product in Medjimurje. It consists of a 30 km itinerary with round thirty wine tasting establishments. Do not miss out Pušipel – wine variety created in Medjimurje which revitalized Moslavac variety.
We have tried several of these wine sorts in our voyage through this northernmost Croatian province. First we enjoyed Lovrec wines. In the last ten years, wine business of renown Franjo Lovrec is continued by his son Krešimir, who is devoted to nurturing of inerited Central European cultivars recommended long ago from 1847 by German and Austrian wine-growing experts whose basic professional standards apply still today.
The authentic white wines line of Lovrec natale solum make Sauvignon, green Sylvaner, Rhine Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, yellow Muscat and Gewürtztraminer“. These fine and in harmony with nature produces wines enjoy the trust and support of many years of faithful consumers and the are gaining up the confidence of new fans.
Innovations in family boutique production of selected cultivars are rose wine and from about ten years ago already established and recognisable „Knight’s Red“ wine. Cosmopolitanism of the small vineyard village of Saint Urban, which celebrates International Wine Day, Lovrec family also celebrates with its commitment and the ability to communicate in the world languages.
(photos by Lovrec wines)
Dvanajščak – Kozol Wines
On the elevated and the sunniest location around the village of Dragoslavec, at 300-344 m above sea level, live and ripe the wines of Dvanajščak – Kozol household. The best wines that the family Dvanajščak – Kozol creates come from vineyards covering almost 8 ha of sunny and elevated areas near the village Dragoslavec, places like Grofovo, Okrugli vrh and Mohokos. Mohokos stands at 344,40 m above sea level and is the highest point of Medjimurje.
Moslavac (Furmint), Graševina (Welschriesling), ranjski Rizling (Rheinriesling), Pinot Blanc and Noir, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Traminac (Gewurztraminer) are the varieties of grapes that ripen in our vineyards, and after the harvest, in our cellars. We can also boast to being the first in Međimurje to have produced Pinot Noir.
DK Grofovo cuvee (Count’s, Landgrave) is a mixture of wines and it was named after the eponymous hilltop where it’s grown, and whose former owners were the Counts of Celje. Anthony Rose, one of the world’s leading wine tasters and president of The Evaluation Commission at Decanter panel, rated our DK Graševina (Welschriesling) 2006 with 93 points out of 100, placing this wine along with some of the best wines in the world..”
Beneath the house is a large, modern cellar in which the processing of grapes, wine storing and maturing takes place. Currenty, an old cellar in the house of Rajsko’s parents is being remodeled in a rustic style, and already looks very attractive. Next to the house is a beautiful terrace overlooking the magical Međimurje hills that will leave no one indifferent. In the nicely furnushed and air-conditioned wine tasting room, along with quality wine, we offer homemade products, hot and cold dishes.
Probably the most original Međimurje wine would be Pušipel. Refreshing flavors of lemon, lime and green apple can be found in Pušipel. This refreshing wine has distinct mineral – citrus notes, low alcohol levels and a pronounced acidity that allows it to be consumed along medium and strongly seasoned dishes. Its taste demonstrates the great potential this variety has.
OPG Dvanajščak Rajka Dragoslavec 81, 40311 Lopatinec Rajka Dvanajščak: +385 (0)98 910 9172 Zdravko Dvanajščak: +385 (0)98 723 168 Tea Dvanajščak: +385 (0)98 180 9431 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.vina-dvanajscak.hr
Photos by: Dvanajščak wines