Istria Wine & Walk
May 16 this year attracted many to a unique wine adventure called Istria Wine & Walk, which presented the best wines the region has to offer on an 11-kilometer-long walk from Brtonigla to Buje across the slopes of Northwest Istria. The event received a lot of attention from the start, leading people to ask: “when are we going to walk and sip wine again?” already after its first edition. The next dates for wine lovers (which includes me) to put down in their calendars are May 31 (when I have not one, but two excuses to set off on a trip to this corner of Istria) and June 18.
Wine Cellars Open Doors Day
The already traditional Wine Cellars Open Doors Day will take place on May 31 on the Wine road of the Buje area. This is not just an opportunity to try some superb Istrian wines, but also a chance to meet the always hospitable Istrian families who make those wines, as well as visiting their wine empires. Each of them is unique in its own way, has extensive experience to share and a unique personal success story to tell. As an eternal optimist, I always like to hear a good success story.
Festival of Istrian Malvasia
The second traditional wine festival is to be held for the 31st time, on the same day in Brtonigla, and it is dedicated to the queen of regional wines – as people like to call her – the Istrian malvasia. Festival of Istrian Malvasia is dedicated to a wine variety which features prominently in the wine identity of the region, and it will be presented in a tour of four wine cellars. If you think that an entire festival dedicated to one wine variety is simply an exercise in revision, you are mistaken. The Istrian malvasia has a wide palate of tastes, and one day will not suffice to try all of them. I personally adore it for its freshness and ability to combine with both meat and fish, as well as a wide range of appetizers. You could say that it is my favorite with most dishes. Cheers!
Colours of Tradition
At the very end of calendar spring, which more resembles the summer in Northwest Istria anyway, to be more precise, on June 18, we will have an opportunity to take part in the event Colours of Tradition. As you can probably tell from the name, the focus is on an authentic experience, not only of the gastronomy but also of the way of life in this part of Istria. The event will again take place in Brtonigla, and I am particularly excited about it because it will allow me the chance to visit the future Museum of Wine and Rural Production, which will complete the list of cultural sites in this “town of wine”. I will also have enough time to refresh my knowledge of the excellent project 4 soils – 4 wines, which was also created in Brtonigla.