How did you decide to become a sommelier? Women rarely take up this profession.
I thought the world of wine interesting and I wanted to learn more about it. So after finishing high school, I decided to study winemaking at the winemaking school in Poreč.
What was the education for this job like for you?
After graduating in Poreč, I took a class to become a sommelier, and then went on to do the undergratuate studies of winegrowing and winemaking at the Faculty of Agronomy in Zagreb. That concluded the formal part of my education but the process itself never really ends, there is constant further education when one works with wine.
What would you say is the most important aspect of the job?
I think love for it is the most important thing! Dedication is also important, to the job and to the wine. In addition, it is important that one knows the product, i. e. wine, quite well. This job is also all about people skills – one must develop a good relationship with the buyer, introduce him or her to the wine while representing the wine in the best possible way.
Which wine do you personally enjoy?
This is a difficult to say because it always depends on the occasion, on food served and company present, on the mood and on the season… There are a lot of factors. Considering how diverse the wine world is, I love sampling and getting to know new things….
Tell us more about the manner and importance of wine presentation and about tastings. How do you present the Kabola winery wines to its visitors?
Wine presentation is very important. At our tastings, we present the winery and winemaking to our visitor in a manner that enables them to become familiar with the way each wine is made. We also like to suggest dishes that will complement certain wines best. Thus, our tastings always include typical Istrian dishes, such as prosciutto and cheese. Of course, entertainment is a key factor, so we always strive to have a very relaxed atmosphere at out tastings so our guests can enjoy our wines fully.
How do we get to where you are?
All who are interested can announce themselves for a visit to the winery, which includes the tour of the wine cellar and etno museum as well as the tasting of both wine and olive oil along with Istrian dishes. We are open daily (except on Sundays) from 10am to 6pm. Other timeslots can also be arranged.
Our wines and olive oil can also be tasted at our store which is open every day, except on Sundays and holidays, from 9am to 6 pm.
We are looking forward to your visiting us and will show you a good time!