• Traminac




    Discover something new: Traminac

    Traminac Wine Festival take place in Ilok on 14-15 June 2019

    So what is Traminac?

    They say that Traminac (or Traminer), an ancient variety with green-skinned grape, takes its name from the village of Tramin, located in South Tyrol, the German-speaking province in northern Italy. However, there is no evidence as yet to confirm where the variety is originally from. The famous ampelographer, Pierre Galet, thought that Traminac was identical to the green-skinned Savagnin Blanc. But, more recently it has been suggested that Savagnin Blanc has a slightly different leaf shape and geraniol content.

    Nowadays, Traminac is grown in Croatia, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Luxembourg, Moravia, Romania, in the Czech Republic, Macedonia and Slovakia. It’s gone to the New World as well, to the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile.  

    The history of Traminac in Croatia is well documents. In 1697, Emperor Leopold I granted the castle and significant properties around Ilok to the Italian aristocratic Odescalchi family from Tirol for their contribution to the victory against the Ottomans.

    Wine has been produced here since ancient and Roman and Medieval times and the Odescalchi family had a major impact on Croatian, and European, wine production. The first owner of the estate, Livio Odescalchi, planted the vineyards with noble varieties and made his mark with the new, modern wine cellar and vilification technique. He was the first wine producer to create a mark with the Odescalchi Family seal, a logo, and bottle the wine on the estate.   

    In 1710, the Odescalchis brought the first Traminac vines and planted them on the unique single vineyard appellation – Principovac in Ilok. Here, in the most eastern part of continental Croatia is where Traminac found the ideal position and set of conditions to produce excellent wine. Traminac is very selective about the soil and the climate. It needs cooler weather than most varieties, but buds early so frost late in the spring is very damaging. It loves dry hot summers, yet too hot can make it ripen too soon to develop complex varietal aromas. The grapes are of a characteristic pink colour when ripe, and they have very high natural sugars usually made into semi-dry wine with quite high alcohol content.

    In 1710, the Odescalchis brought the first Traminac vines and planted them on the unique single vineyard appellation – Principovac in Ilok. Here, in the most eastern part of continental Croatia is where Traminac found the ideal position and set of conditions to produce excellent wine. Traminac is very selective about the soil and the climate. It needs cooler weather than most varieties, but buds early so frost late in the spring is very damaging. It loves dry hot summers, yet too hot can make it ripen too soon to develop complex varietal aromas. The grapes are of a characteristic pink colour when ripe, and they have very high natural sugars usually made into semi-dry wine with quite high alcohol content.

    These wines are very unique and terroir distinctive. We recommend you try our Vina Papak Traminac. You will be surprised by the complex aromas with a bouquet of roses, lychees and passion fruit.  It can be enjoyed on its own, as an aperitif, but it can also be paired with fattier meals, such as foie gras, noble cheeses and fine desserts. When made into a sweet wine, either from the very good years or from the ice harvests, it’s more of a festive wine, excellent with white meats and desserts.

    The wine fit for the Queen

    One of the greatest Croatian wine stories is that of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 when the English Court ordered 11,000 bottles of 1947 vintage Traminac wine from Old Cellars of Ilok.

     

    This wine is still available to buy today. Join one of our wine tours to find out more.