Teran is a red wine made from the eponymous grape. Up until a century ago, this was the most widespread grape in Istria. It is a bitter wine with a clear sharpness that will thrill all wine lovers looking for an authentic taste. Its scent recalls raspberry, and its dark, ruby color is often compared to rabbit’s blood. The most famous winemakers of this noble wine in northwestern Istria are the Coronica Wine Cellars from Umag, Kabola from Momjan and Veralda and Cattunar from Brtonigla. The latter have been awarded the Platinum Best in show profiles at the Decanter Competition. Healing properties are attributed to teran due to its high tannin content. It is best in combination with meat, especially game. For a more tender palate, unused to such a strong wine, there are milder sorts of teran on offer.
Hailing from upper region of Buje (Momjan), this indigenous wine has an intense golden color, a dry and sweet taste and an aroma of wild carnations, rose and sage. This Muscat is classified as a semi-sweet wine, with over 12% alcohol content. It’s consumed as an aperitif or with a dessert. Momjan Muscat is the first Croatian wine to be awarded a logo of authenticity after Croatia became part of the European Union.
Important events for wine lovers
Now that you know what wines you mustn’t miss while visiting northwestern Istria, it would be useful to know what wine-related events take place there as well.
The Istrian Wine and Run combines two seemingly opposite activities: running and drinking wine. As much as it may seem bizarre at first, anyone who ever participated in this race will assure you it can be done. During the race, contestants are able to take refreshments at 15 different stations, all offering fine wine.
If such a combo of sports and wine isn’t for you, maybe you would be interested in Grape Days in Buje, an event with a hundred-year history, commemorating the start of grape picking season, offering not only entertainment but also a chance to see how wine is made, especially the local mištela sort.
If you don’t feel like waiting for next year to taste northwestern Istrian wines, you will be glad to hear of the St. Martin’s Feast, held in Momjan, November 11th to 13th . The patron saint of wine and vineyards is also the patron saint of Momjan. The Vetrina Muscat is part of the festivities: a contest between various Muscat winemakers from Istria, Italy and Slovenia, the best of which earns the title of Muscateer.
Between November 14th and 30th, Momjan continues its festivities with the Days of Momjan Muscat and Truffles. This regal combination of northwestern Istria’s culinary delicacies is a must-see event for all true gourmands. Don’t deny your palate this enological adventure, take a trip to northwestern Istria and embark on a search for your new favorite wine.