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Vinibuoni d’Italia 2012: Mastery and flavours of Istria
For the second time now, Istrian wines are featured on the pages of the Vinibuoni d’Italia Guide. After our first delightful experience in Poreč, we continued to take part in a number of other food and wine tastings, and soon we all began to feel a bit like Istrians. Now, after more than a year of visits and tastings, I have come to understand the charm of this land. And this is not only because of Malvasia wine, or representative products such as fish, shellfish, truffles and asparagus, but also because of all indigenous Istrian wines produced in this Adriatic region and all other tastes and aromas that intoxicate the chance traveller.
In 1775, Busching, a well-known geographer wrote, “Istria is a lovely peninsula (…) abounding in wine, oil, salt, fish and wild game. Most of the precious grapes of this region are taken to the capital city (Venice) where fine, heady wines are produced. An excellent wine called muscatel is especially in demand from this region.”
Decades later in 1837, it was recorded that “the wines of Istria are praised everywhere. Istrian wines differ in quality depending on the terrain and place in which the vines grow. Some wines are sweet, smooth and delicate, while others are harsh.”
With the above words begins the chapter dedicated to this rich region in which wine decanting began as early as the era of the ancient Romans. Praised are the excellent wines of Momjan, and tribute is given to wines from the regions of Umag, Rovinj, Poreč and Buje, as well as wines from Grožnjan, Motovun, Oprtalj, Buzet and Svetvinčenat.
Although almost two centuries have passed since the above observation was made, we want today’s Istrian wines to sweep the readers of Vinibuoni d’Italia off their feet. For the second time in row, Vinibuoni d’Italia features 20 renowned Istrian winegrowers. Istria, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic invites you to discover and explore its beauty that comprises not only summer seaside tourism but also a rich food-and-beverage offering that is available all year round. Have a happy time discovering the mastery and flavours of Istria.
Vinibuoni d'Italia, 2012
20 Istrian winemakers included in the Vinibuoni 2012 guide:
Clai Bijele Zemlje, Krasica
Coronica Moreno, Umag
Franc Arman, Vižinada
Legovina - Obitelj Legović, Kaštelir
Matošević, Sv. Lovreč
Rossi Marino, Vižinada
Tercolo, Nova Vas
- NP Brijuni-Brioni
- Kaštelir-Labinci - Castelliere-S. Domenica
Istria is indeed a feast for the eyes. Its streams flow to the sea through deep valleys and gullies which bring to mind the ancient local myths about giants.
Umag/Novigrad - where holidays go active
Umag, Buje and Novigrad create the gateway to the magic land called Istria. You can enjoy some 50 km of beautiful beaches.
Poreč - a touch of eternity
If you are looking for activity, remarkable experiences and rich cultural heritage, Poreč with its 100 years of experience in hospitality...
Vrsar / Funtana - more than a holiday
In your search of the perfect vacation, be sure to visit Vrsar and Funtana. These two small fishing settlements situated between Poreč and Lim canal
Rovinj - Fall in love all over again...
On the beautiful west coast of Istria, just underneath the Lim canal is the most romantic place in the Mediterranean!
Labin / Rabac - a touch of art
Where the green hills meet the sea, where nature and heritage become one, you will find Labin and Rabac - paradise for artists.
Central Istria - the unspoiled beauty
The dreamlike nature, almost mythical landscapes and gorgeous mediaeval towns of central Istria will awake within you the primeval and deep...
Pula / Medulin - moments in time
Welcome to the 3000 years of history! The history of Pula starts with the myth of the Argonauts and the search for the Golden Fleece.