Situated just a short walk from the center of the historic Istrian town of Rovinj, Natalina and Damir Dobravac have been making top-quality wine for over a decade. The wines (all, save one, with musical names—a nod to Natalina's background as a choral singer) have garnered acclaim throughout Croatia, and their orange wine, Simfonija, has become a cult hit amongst Croatian oenophiles. We carry:
Suita 2017 - white wine, 100% Istrian Malvasia, 12.5% alc.
Sonata 2016 - white wine, 100% Istrian Malvasia, 13.5% alc.
Toccata 2015 - red wine, 40% Merlot, 40% Cab Sauv, 10% Cab Franc, 10% Teran, 13% alc, 30% barrel-aged 4 mos. and blended
Simfonija 2011 - orange wine, 80% Istrian Malvasia, 20% Chardonnay, 14.9% alc., barrel-aged 3 years in used oak
In the tiny central Istrian town of Gračišće, Jacqueline Marovac and Olivier Ertzbischoff embarked on an ambitious journey to make Burgundy-style wines using high-quality Istrian grapes. In just a few short years their sparkling and still wines have taken the Croatian wine world by storm, winning numerous domestic and international awards including two Decanter bronze medals, two Decanter silver medals, and a gold medal at the 2018 Frankfurt International wine show. They work closely with local grape producers to source the best varietals they can find, and only use imported French barrique in their aging process. The results are wines that are as international as the couple themselves - French characteristics with Croatian soul. We carry:
Epicuria 2015 - white wine, 100% Chardonnay, 12.5% alc., 10 mos. in barrel
Santa Chiara 2013 - white wine, Malvazija, Chardonnay, 12% alc., 10 mos. in barrel
Luna, N.V. - sparkling white wine, 100% Chardonnay, extra-brut, 12 mos. in barrel
The Peršurić family has been in the wine-making business for over five centuries. Đordano Peršurić, returned to his hometown of Pršurići, in Istria, after finishing college and, alongside his father, started producing very successful still wines. In the late 1980s he started working on his first sparkling wine as part of a research project, which eventually lead to the first hundred bottles in the early 1990s and the creation of Misal Winery. Taking over their father’s legacy after his passing in 2015, sisters Ana and Katarina have helped Misal grow to be the largest single producer of sparkling wine in Croatia. We carry:
Misal Blanc de Noirs - sparkling white wine, 100% Pinot Noir, brut, 12% alc.
Misal Millenium - sparkling white wine, Malvasia, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay blend, brut, 12% alc.
Misal Royal - sparkling rose wine, 100% Pinot Noir, brut, 12% alc.
Winemaker Krešimir Ivančić has taken the Croatian wine world by storm with his immensely popular sparkling wines. Made in the hills of Plešivica, just outside Croatia’s capital city Zagreb, his Griffin sparkling (and now still) wines have won numerous awards throughout Europe. While the region has long been known for producing superior sparkling wines, Krešimir’s practice of cryo-maceration has put him at the forefront of a movement to innovate Croatian winemaking. We carry:
Ivančić Griffin Zero NV - sparkling white wine, 100% Chardonnay, zero dosage, 11.5% alc.
On a perfectly situated hill looking down over the historic seaside town of Rovinj in Istria, young winemaker Juraj Collis is producing some of the region’s best wines and focusing almost exclusively on grapes indigenous to the area. After entering enology school at age 18, Juraj went on to work harvests in New Zealand as well as a number of prominent Istrian wineries. Now on his third harvest for his own family label, Juraj’s wines have distinguished him as one of the premier young winemakers in Croatia. We carry:
Collis Malvazija 2017 - white wine, 100% Istrian Malvazija, 12.5% alc.
The Matela family has a long history of making wine in Kaštel Sućurac, just outside the coastal city of Split in Dalmatia. Winemaker Ivan has helped reinvigorate interest in the Crljenak grape, determined to the be the genetic source for what is known as Primitivo in Italy and Zinfandel here in the United States. His wines show a respect for tradition while also blazing new trails, and his iconic Crljenak label pays homage to the regions rich history. We carry:
Crljenak Kaštelanski 2015 - red wine, 100% Crljenak (Zinfandel), 14% alc.
Pošip Barrique 2015 - white wine, 100% Pošip, barrel-aged, 13.5% alc.
Maraština 2017 - white wine, 100% Maraština, 13.5% alc.
Located just below the iconic Istrian hill town of Motovun, winemaker Marko Fakin and his family have taken the European wine world by storm over the last few years. With a focus on indigenous varietals Marko’s wines are a pure expression of Istrian wine. He’s won numerous awards throughout Croatia and Europe over the years, including Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals at the most recent Decanter World Wine Awards. Recently Fakin Winery was named Regional Winery of the Year for Istria and Kvarner in a nationwide award ceremony. The winery’s motto, a play on Marko’s last name, is certainly true: Fakin Good Wines. We carry:
Fakin Malvazija 2017 - white wine, 100% Istrian Malvazija, 13% alc.
Fakin Rosé 2017 - rosé wine, 100% Teran, 12% alc.
Fakin Teran - red wine, 100% Teran, 13.5% alc.
Teran Il Primo 2015 - red wine, 100% Teran, 14.5% alc.
On steep vineyards on the Pelješać Peninsula in southern Dalmatia, in Croatia’s first protected appellation, Dingač, winemaker Mateo Vicelić produces incredible wine from the native varietal Plavac Mali. In fact Mateo only works with Plavac Mali, and his small winery currently only makes three labels, each of which are beautiful representations of this historic wine. His modern techniques and forward-looking labels belie a respect for tradition that runs through everything he does, and you can taste that respect (and aim for perfection) in his wines. We carry:
Vicelić Dingač 2015 - red wine, 100% Plavac Mali, 14% alc.