Croatia has its own Grand Cru – meet Grand Cro!

Grand Cro association gathers nine excellent Croatian wineries – winery Baković, BIBICH, Bolfan Vinski vrh, Boškinac, Duboković, Korta Katarina, Meneghetti, Roxanich and Saints Hills.

Baković

On the slopes of Murvice, on the island of Brač, Hrvoje Baković planted vineyards that are almost hanging over the sea. This modest Dalmatian is a representative of almost fourth generation of winemakers. He is dedicated to usage of the best Plavac Mali of the terroir, which in this region achieves aromas different from those of his colleague winemakers’ on the islands of Hvar and Pelješac. Like only few people in Dalmatia, Baković believes that by long ripening Plavac Mali reaches its best potential. On the other hand, he does not believe in dogmas and is capable of making a surprise. His future Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah based wines could be the first to introduce to the market a vision of the new, Dalmatian way of these international grape varieties.

Bibich

Bibich is a family vinery with more than 20 hectares of vineyards and annual production of some 120 thousand bottles. The vineyards of Skradin, Nadin and Promin area are traditionally cultivated, with minimum intervention with protective devices and artificial fertilizers. The harvest is manual, thereby taking care that each bunch of grapes is kept in ideal conditions until it reaches the winery. The processing is performed by a modern grape crusher, without a press in production of white wines. The red wines ferment and macerate in tanks, whereafter they are put in the French and American oak casks. Bibich wines are part of the best world restaurant’s wine lists, in cities like New York, Tokyo or Stockholm. Bibich brand is recognized among the wine aficionados as different, original and intriguing. The winery’s mission is to retain its personal signet with an emphasis on the territory and micro-location of its vineyards. Imported by Blue Danube Wine Co., Los Altos Hills, California-USA.

Bolfan vinski vrh

Surrounded by the peaceful hills near Zagreb, the vineyards of Bolfan Vinski Vrh vinery have been cultivated completely in harmony with the environmental regulations. Step by step, the winery upgrades its work according to principles of biodynamics, guided by father of this method, Rudolf Steiner. The winery’s wish is to achieve the micro-biological and macro-biological balance of vineyard on the entire area of the estate. High quality wines are primarily the result of grape cultivation in harmony with nature and its laws, without artificial fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. The winery has been registered as an eco-wine producer for a third year. Its 2013 harvest wine will bear an eco-label. Bolfan wines are meant for people of free and playful spirit who wish to enjoy in the fresh and fruity charm of distinctively mineral and full-taste wines produced according to the laws of nature and eco guidelines. Area: 19 ha. Cellar capacity: 120,000 lit.

Boškinac

Boškinac winery grew out of an old family tradition of winemaking. The ancestors, Šuljić-Boškinac, carefully grew the vineyards and cherished the wine production for centuries; therefore, the cellar was a backbone of their family life. Some 30 thousand vines of Sauvignon, Merlot, Gegić and Chardonnay were planted on the six-hectare estate. On one hand, Boškinac mission is the production of Gegić wine. By various manners of vinification and aging, the winery endeavours to produce a top quality wine from an autochthones grapes culture. On the other hand, Boškinac red wine is a coupage of international varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot – however with characteristics of a specific Croatian terroir. All red wines age in oak casks for two years and reach the market completely aged, after three to four years. The winery’s wish is to have the strength of south and stone of Pag reflected into a bottle along with the elegance of tamed temperament as a result of not a small effort required by a vineyard in this region.

Duboković

Located on Hvar, an Adriatic island with most sunny days in a year, Duboković winery is an artisanal production based on tradition and century old quality of products nurtured with pride and dignity. Every harvest is a new idea here, and every idea is a new beginning and quest for maintaining the hardest to achieve contentment – pleasure – from white to red, from sweet to dry. A whole palette of nuances of Duboković wines, based on the autochthonous Dalmatian grapes such as Bogdanjuša, Maraština, Parča, Kuća, Drnekuša and Plavac Mali, is an opportunity to enjoy the Mediterranean temperament, bathed in Dalmatian sun and – discovered by you personally.

Korta Katarina

Situated in Orebić, on Pelješac peninsula, in the region known for its wine tradition, Korta Katarina is a dream of every wine-devotee. The winery finds itself only a few steps from the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, with a breathtaking view to nearby islands. For centuries ‘korte’ were gathering points of sailors’ and captains’ families after their return from far-away sails. In the name of Korta Katarina, the word ‘korta’ means ‘gardens’ of Croatia, whereas ‘Katarina’ stands for a name from a family of the founder and owner of the vinery, Lee and Pam Anderson. Korta Katarina winery believes that a great wine is a result of its origin. The winery believes that its wines are the best expression of terroir of Pelješac, Dingač and Postup appelations, as well as of Čara appellation on the nearby Island of Korčula. An important part of winery’s philosophy is the balance between viticulture and nature. Korta Katarina believes that environmental sustainability, working in harmony with nature and dedication to traditional agriculture, is the alphabet of the top quality grapes.

Meneghetti

Settled on the enchanting Istria peninsula that during some clear-sky nights enables the sight of Venetian lights, Stancija Meneghetti cherishes the tradition of best wine and olive oil produced in Istria since the Roman times. The wine has been produced in Stancija Meneghetti since the 19th Century, with a new page in history opened in 2000 when Romana Kajfež and Miroslav Plišo took over the estate, renewed the neglected and planted the new olive yards and vineyards. In 2007 their team was reinforced by Walter Filiputti, a world recognized enologist, who took care of the wines. In 2010 the team was joined by Goran Hanžek, who took over company management. The application of high environmental standards and controlled yield in vineyards gives first class grapes, harvested manually and reaching the press by freefall, followed by a careful vinification and aging until full maturity. Meneghetti gives its wines an international signet preserving thereby their Istrian spirit.

Roxanich

Passion for wines inspired Mladen Rožanić to dedicate himself to winegrowing and winemaking in Istria. By the end of the 90s, he started vinifying for personal needs, whereas the first official harvest took place in 2005. The grapes come to the cellar from Bušura and Bačva appellations, situated at the foot of Višnjan town. The basis for wines are autochthones, as well as international varieties – Malvasia Istriana, Chardonnay, Teran, Borgonja, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, as well as other varieties. The vineyard is treated in accordance with the environmental standards and is cultivated in the classical manner with controlled yield. Natural approach to production excludes technological intervention, both mechanical and chemical. The wine ages in the cellar for a minimum of three years, the reds for four years and more in big tanks and casks; thereafter, the wine is bottled without prior clearing or filtering. The bottles age in the cellar for at least three months before reaching buyers around the world.

Saints Hills

Saints Hills vineyards are settled an eye wink from Dubrovnik and two from Diocletian Palace in Split and Vespasian amphitheater in Pula. These are the places where the winery celebrates the richness of the regions of Istria and Dalmatia, the sun and the sea, the north and the south wind, the stone and the vine – unique Croatian locations. Modern organic production, based on the local history and tradition of winegrowing, is imprinted the heart of each Saints Hills wine. Commitment is directed towards growing and cultivating of local varieties. Malvasia from the Istrian vineyards of St. Ante in Radovani, and Plavac Mali from the Dalmatian vineyards St. Roko in Komarna and St. Lucia in Dingač, tell the story of the Mediterranean terroir. The vineyards’ names, all by one names of children of the vineyard owners, Ivana and Ernest Tolj, articulate their wish to create a generational story. Started in 2006, supported by advice and experience of the renowned world oenologist Michel Rolland, the winery continues its work towards creation of an autochthonous Croatian wine using modern methods.