Istria – the region of premium wine
Istrian wines have been praised since ancient times. From mythological Greek sailors who discovered the Istria grapevine. Even today a bay at the eastern coast of Istria bears the name of Kalavojna, this term is originating from Greek words kalos oinos, meaning good wine.
The ancient Roman writers competed in praising the good quality of the Istrian olive oil and wine as well, the real enigma being the local wine Vinum Pucinum related to the Roman Empress Julia Augusta. Undoubtedly, she was referring to an Istrian wine, most probably teran.
The great adventurer and lover Giacomo Casanova in his memoirs will later state that in Istria he drank the great wine refošk.
Among the numerous wine types found in this area, the most important is the Istrian white malvasia. The wine has a rich golden color, pleasing aroma of locust tree blossom, with a harmonious, delicate freshness and needed structure, ideal for the warm summer evenings along with pasta, risotto or fish.
Only in Istria you can taste teran, the unusual wine that leaves no one indifferent. It is a wine with a color ranging from purple to ruby-red, of lively fruit aroma, very fresh and fragile and less structured.
In the Istrian area, number of high-quality wine types are known in the world, such as pinot blanc, chardonnay, pinot gris and red merlot, cabernet sauvignon and refošk.
A special attraction for those fond of good wine are also two muscat varieties of special aroma: Momjan muscat and Poreč rose muscat.
They are followed by red borgonja, red Hrvatica and several less known wine types.
For all fans of quality wine and Istria in general, we recommend a visit to Brtonigla, a town of wine situated in the heart of wine-growing north-west of Istria, which would like to offer your guests a special experience of the wine grape harvesting in September.
If you would like to know what does a special day in the life of the Istrian farmer looks like? Are you curious to participate in the traditional wine grape harvesting? Then roll up your sleeves and come to Brtonigla.
You can visit the "Grapes festival" in Buje, which is one of the oldest festivals in Istria, with a century-old tradition. In its beginnings has symbolically mark the beginning of the wine grape harvesting in the vicinity of Buje and now covers a wide program with aim to preserve the tradition.
At the heart of Istria, in the town of Svetvinčenat, the traditional "Festival of New Wine" is organized where through stories, tastes, scents and colors you can enjoy the best wines offered at the stands –barrels at the magnificent palace Grimani.