Croatia and Beyond

When one night we found ourselves drinking too much wine (is that actually a thing?) and deciding to embark on this big little venture, we thought we’d situate ourselves primarily in Croatia.

Zure vineyard, Lumbarda, Korcula, Croatia

Zure vineyard, Lumbarda, Korcula, Croatia

We weren’t limiting ourselves, but we were determining our focus. I knew I loved Croatia: I’d been sailing there a couple of times with my dad and a family friend. Matt’s—and now our—friend had introduced him to wine from his family's vineyard in Croatia, and of course he was delighted.

Rota wines from Peljesac, Dalmatia, Croatia

Rota wines from Peljesac, Dalmatia, Croatia

We had noticed that the market was becoming more and more open to and interested in the wines from this region. Slovenian wines, though still relatively rare, had been increasing in popularity and appearing on more wine lists and in selective wine shops. Croatia seemed to be up and coming, and people were interested in and beginning to respond positively to our talks about Croatian and Eastern European wine. 

A little harvesting action in the Sontacchi vineyards in Kutjevo, Slavonia, Croatia

A little harvesting action in the Sontacchi vineyards in Kutjevo, Slavonia, Croatia

Our focus is still currently on Croatia: We know the country and the wine regions. Most of our contacts are there and we like the idea of having our niche; additionally, we are still a two-man show, so we don’t want to spread ourselves too thin… right yet, anyway. But the world of wine and food can be quite small. One person recommends us to another, who recommends us to another, and so on and so forth. 

Nuic Winery, Ljubuski, Herzegovina

Nuic Winery, Ljubuski, Herzegovina

Nuic vineyards

Nuic vineyards

It didn’t take long before one of our somm friends said we had to visit a winery or two in Slovenia. So, of course we went. On our third trip to Croatia, at a wine show, we met a vintner from Serbia; next thing we knew, we were making arrangements to visit his vineyard and winery in the eastern part of the country. At yet another wine show, we met a winemaker from Slovenian Istria, and of course we went to visit their awesome winery and are heading back in a few days. Most recently, our friends at Exotic Wine Travel introduced us to a Skegro Winery in Herzegovina. Yes. We were there not five nights ago. And we were in heaven. We've had Zilavka before... but not like this! We had the opportunity to sample another winery (Nuic) there, too. It's amazing how these things unfold. The wine world is a beautiful thing!

Skegro bubbly from Zilavka! 

Skegro bubbly from Zilavka! 

This wine thing… It’s not a region, or a style, or a variety. It’s a way of life. We can go in and expect a certain outcome, but that outcome is turned upside down and all which ways at the drop of a hat. And it’s a wonderful thing. We follow the vine, and that’s the best way to do this. 

Skegro vineyard, Ljubuski, Herzegovina 

Skegro vineyard, Ljubuski, Herzegovina 

Here are some outtakes from our latest visit to Skegro in Herzegovina. The wines are delicious. The family is fabulous. The orange wine… Well, you’ll just have to taste it to believe it. 

Ante, Matt, and Barisa... Skegro Winery

Ante, Matt, and Barisa... Skegro Winery

Skegro Sparkling Wine

Skegro Sparkling Wine

A little Skegro tasting... Two generations in one room. 

A little Skegro tasting... Two generations in one room.