The wines we sell come from vineyards considered to be some of the best wine producers in Croatia. In our catalogue are the wines our buyers have found and recommended. They have visited the vineyards, sampled the wines and selected the most appealing based upon the flavour,Â bouquet, quality and importantly, how good they are on the palate. As well as being extraordinary wines many are made from heritage grapes which are currently unknown in the UK.
Occasionally our buyers find an outstanding wine from a small local producer. Check our catalogue for these specials regularly or you may miss the opportunity to try some really unique wines.
In Croatia, the wine industry is closely regulated. All the vines are recorded and samples of the new wine crop are tested each year by the government, who then grade the wine for its composition, sugar,Â alcohol content, quality, flavour and bouquet. Once certified, the producer can then offer the wine for sale.
If you would like to know about the background and history of our vineyards, click on their picture to find out more.
Erdutâs vineyard is located on the eastern slopes of the Dalj hills and the fertile Danube plain. The vineyard is 190 meters above sea level and slopes gently toward the south to around 130 meters.
The altitude and continental climate with hot dry summers, cold winters and sandy soil are ideal for growing vines.
The old cellars of Erdut were built in 1730 and remain in pristine condition to this day. Although currently not in use, visitors can take a tour and learn about the history of wine making there. The old wine barrels are still in the cellars but they were damaged during the recent war of independence during which the barrels were left empty and dried out so are no longer usable to store wine.
Nowadays they use modern wine making techniques and the wine is stored in the new cellars built in 1985. Between 2003 and 2010, 350 hectares of new vines were planted and today the vineyard encompasses 513 hectares. It is the single largest vineyard in Croatia. They produce 4 million bottles of wine per year and are working towards a production capacity of 6 million bottles.
White wine grape varieties make up 75% of their production and red 25%. The most abundant white wine they produce is GraÅ¡evina, then Chardonnay, Traminac, Riesling and Pinot Gris. The red varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Frankovka. Their Superior graded wines are considered to be something special in Croatia. Included in our Wine roads tour, the Erdut cellars and estate is a âmust seeâ visit for the wine buff.
At Erdut you get to see the largest wine barrel from Slavonijan oak in use in the world, with a volume of 75,000 litres - something to leave all wine lovers breathless.
Vine growing in this part of Croatia has a long tradition dating back to the 13th century. Feravinoâs old wine cellar, built in 1804, is still in use today. Their vineyard spans 160 hectares in three locations: FeriÄanci, Zoljan and CeremoÅ¡njak which are located on the gentle slopes of Mount Krndija.
Over the centuries, many people have come and settled in this fertile area of Croatia, but none have had the impact on wine production as those arriving at the beginning of the 20th century from Northern Dalmatia. Dalmatian settler bought their vines with them. Many of these cultivars were red, adding to the white varieties already grown. Today, Feravino produces both red and white wines in equal quantities.
Feravino is very proud of their state of the art wine cellars and produce some lovely, red, white and rosÃ© wines. Their sparkly wines are produced in the traditional french âchampagneâ style. Investing heavily in the latest wine technology, they continue to use the old cellars to mature the red wines in âbarriqueâ barrels as this gives the wine a very distinctive flavour.
Feravino is best known for their top quality award winning Frankovka wine. The investment they made in production facilities has allowed them to step up the quality of their wines to a point they are winning awards and prizes at the world trade shows. The
Frankovka and GraÅ¡evina harvest of 2015 was exceptional. These young wines have pronounced fruity flavours, are light on the palate and a joy to drink.
Apart from the Frankovka and GraÅ¡evina they also produce White Pinot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Traminac.
Wine has always been a conversation piece as people from all walks of life love to talk about it. Everyone has a story to tell, whether about a special bottle they found or a new wine they discovered. But itâs the taste that counts, so when the cork is popped, the wine has breathed and one enjoys that first taste, thatâs when you find out how good a wine is. Included in our wine tour, we recommend you try the Feravinoâs exceptional wines.
Vina Papak is a family owned winery run by husband and wife Mladen and SnjeÅ¾ana Papak. Mladenâs curiosity for wine started as a young boy, helping out on his parents vineyard and winery. This curiosity has led to a life-long passion for wine, first at university and subsequently as a leading enologist; the science, chemistry and biology of wine. More recently Mladen was a director of the famous Old Ilok Cellars.
In 2014, Mladen and SnjeÅ¾ana took a brave step to pursue their passion and started their own vineyard and wine production, Vina Papak, creating the most eco-friendly vineyard in Ilok and all of Croatia.
Passion for wine is passing again from father to son as Karlo, Mladenâs and SnjeÅ¾anaâs eldest joined the family business after completing his studies in viticulture and wine making at the Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb.
For Vina Papak, it is the quality of the wine that matters, which takes time, investment and enthusiasm. Spreading over some 13 hectares of the RadoÅ¡ and RadoÅ¡ko hills of Ilok, the vines experience a southern and southwest aspect on the plateau of FruÅ¡ka Gora. At 200-220 meters above sea level, the vines bake in the all-day sunshine and receive a gentle breeze from the river Danube; ideal conditions for growing grapes for top-quality wine.
Today Vina Papak produces around 60 000 litres of wine a year. The oldest vineyard dates back to 1983 with newer GraÅ¡evina vines planted between 2001 and 2010. Vina Papak also grows Traminac, Rajnski Rizling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes.
At the heart of the vineyard, where once the family home stood, is a newly built winery and tasting room where visitors can experience their wine and some of the best of Ilok food. Included as part of our wine tour, you visit their vineyard and enjoy some of the best wines and locally grown appetisers available.
Although the tradition of vineyards and winemaking is as old as the SkaramuÄa family itself, the real story of success dates back to 1992, the time the company was enabled to operate as a private wine producer in Croatia.
Today, Ivo SkaramuÄa is recognised as one of the best Croatian winemaking.Â Ivo owns one of the largest private wineries in Croatia, including one of the largest vineyard in DingaÄ area.
On the beautiful slopes of DingaÄ and planted continuously over the past 20 years, the vineyard today totals 165,000 plants.
The sun and the vine have always been connected, especially the vineyards on the southern slopes of PeljeÅ¡ac, where the glitter of the sun reflects from the sea and the stone soil creates additional effects that give top quality wines, special flavours and quality.
Fakin wines are a blend of experience, commitment and long-standing family tradition. Fakin’s wines have been recognised by world experts for their quality, regularly winning medals including Decanter Gold.
Located in Motovun, a medieval town that grew up on the site of an ancient city called Kastelijer. It is situated on a hill 270 metres (886 feet) above sea level with houses scattered all over the hill.
On the slopes of the hill is where grapes for famous Istrian wines are grown: the Teran and the Malvazija wine.
The river Mirna flows below the hill and on the other side of the river there is the famous Motovun forest, giving the wine its unique mentality.