You are certainly aware that excellent wine is one of Istria’s main features. Owing to a pleasant climate and good soil, the Istrian peninsula is home to many types of wine that will thrill even the most demanding palate and attract every lover of fine wines. However, what you might not know is that the cellars of Brtonigla hide the best red wine in the world!
Last year the leading wine magazine, Decanter, proclaimed the teran wine Veralda Istrian 2015 the best wine in the world in the Best Red Single Varietal category; the wine is priced at more than 15 pounds per bottle.
Istrian received an impressive 95 points and was awarded the platinum “Best in Show” plaque. This is even more impressive when you know that the Decanter World Wine Awards is a big annual competition where the world’s best sommeliers and wine experts rate thousands of types of wine from all over the globe. In other words, despite a varied and global competition, the indigenous Istrian wine won!
The best red wine in the world comes from the Veralda winery, owned by the respected local winemaker Luciano Visintin and is made from the indigenous type of grape called Refošk. The Istrian has a strong flavor with an olive bouquet, as well as an intense red color with violet overtones.
The award-winning wine is rich in lactic acid and iron, goes wonderfully with venison and is especially good with Istrian prosciutto, says the Veralda winery’s website. Of course, for a full experience it’s also important to serve it at the right temperature, which in Istrian’s case is 20 degrees Celsius.
The wine from Brtonigla now sits at the top of the world, which also means that this year’s visit to northwest Istria should definitely include you treating your palate to some Istrian – and some Istrian delicacies as well, of course. Enjoy!