Three wine pearls of Northwestern Istria
Malvasia, Teran, and Momjan Moscato are three wines you mustn’t miss when visiting Northwestern Istria. Their tastes and aromas are the pride of local winemakers.
A different country – a different taste of wine
I long believed that each Malvasia I taste needs to taste like the first one I liked, until I found out that the taste of the same type of wine largely depends on the color of the soil its grape grew on. Which is why white soil Malvasia doesn’t taste like red, black, or grey soil Malvasia, a fact was proven by the “4 soils – 4 wines” project in Brtonigla. Fascinating!
Brtonigla – home to world’s best red wine
Brtonigla isn’t just the home to superb white wine: last year, Veralda family’s Teran was acclaimed the world’s best red wine! Still, medals, plaques, and other awards aren’t a rarity in a region where some of Croatia’s most famous winemakers work, such as Kozlović, Cattunar, and Degrassi. Momjan Moscato from Bujština had been, in 1935, given a gold medal at Bruxelles wine faire.
Local Moscato’s apparently an aphrodisiac
When we talk about Momjan Moscato, my personal favorite white wine, many interesting anecdotes can be heard. Apparently, its use as an aphrodisiac was known throughout history, and it, the stories say, caused the loss of many a lady’s virtue.
Istrian supa (soup)
Along with Istrian wine, there is also the unique experience of Istrian supa: a warm drink made from red wine, olive oil, spices, and a slice of toasted bread. This old Istrian farmers’ drink is served in the traditional bukaleta, a clay pot usually painted with wine motifs. Taken with Istrian specialties such as ombolo or prosciutto, and in good company, supa will give you a great taste of life in Istria.