The spring wine show starts on May 18th, in Buje. Expect eleven km of inspirational walks along the vineyards of Northwestern Istria and a rich offer of nine winemakers. Let’s meet them now!
The wine story of the Kozlović family begins in 1904 and deals with the cultivation of indigenous Istrian varieties, such as Malvasia, Momjan Muscat and Teran as well as international varieties, such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Their vineyards are located in the valley of Valli and in the vineyard area of Santa Lucia in the vicinity of Buje. The Kozlović Malvasia won the silver medal at the Challenge International du Vin in 2016.
The Franković family vineyards lie on the land of Santa Lucia, where a combination of limestone and clay makes the foundation of the successful wine story of this family. Apart from dealing with wine-growing, the Franković family also run the famous restaurant Oštarija Rondo in Buje.
Celega is a small family wine production business whose vineyards are located in the Buje area. They offer well-known Istrian varieties such as Malvasia and Teran, while they also produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot.
Behind the Bassanese name lies a family restaurant of Mediterranean cuisine located in Kaštel, a small place near the Croatian-Slovenian border. In addition to their catering offer, the family is also known for award-winning local wines with controlled origin.
The Ravalico family from the Nova Vas village has been engaged in viticulture since 1903. Their products have won many awards and recognitions at well-known oenological fairs. The offer of the Ravalico family consists of Muscat White, Pinot Gray, Chardonnay, Rosé and other quality wines. They also produce brandy and olive oil.
The Coronica family from the Koreniki village has been into wine-growing for over a hundred years. The emphasis of their production is on autochthonous varieties of Malvasia and Teran, and their offer is complemented by international varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot which form the basis of their Grabar wine.
The property of the Cattunar family from Brtonigla covers as much as 56 hectares of vineyards. Most of that area is used to grow autochthonous Istrian varieties, and it is interesting that scientists in their vineyards identified four different types of soil characteristic of Western Istria. Therefore, the Cattunars began to selectively produce Malvasia on four different soils, thus gaining the same variety of wine, but with different characteristics!
The Cuj brand consists of the family Kraljević from the vicinity of Umag who grow vineyards on three locations with a total area of 6 hectares. Their vines grow on the red, gray and black soil at the sites of Vela Boška and Baština, right next to the sea as well as in the area of Santa Lucia. They are also engaged in olive growing.
The Veralda winery, owned by the Visintin family from Brtonigla, has vineyards on the hills around Buje. At the World of Malvasia in 2009 their prestige Malvasia was selected as the best among 400 samples from around the world. They also attracted great attention through their innovation – the first rosé wine in history 100% made from of teran.