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Wine Tour Deslavonia | Croatia Week

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Milena Bagger and Winfried Burke

From the Golden Valley to the easternmost vineyards of Ilock, we enjoyed the hills of Slavonia, tasting wine and food, and enjoying loving interactions with people. “Nice to meet you Slavonia” -I’m back.

Grashevina represents a quarter of Croatia’s vines and is the most produced wine in Croatia, so we celebrate by introducing influential guests from the United States to Osijek’s Grashevina Festival. I felt it was appropriate. And the future of diversity.

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That’s why we decided on a well-designed marketing campaign, “Headon East Croatia.” Slavonia trip To truly enjoy and explore all the gourmet experiences offered by Slavonia. With three counties, several appellations, and later an indefinite wine label, we could say we were looking for real fun.

Most importantly, the people of Slavonia should be praised not only for their incredibly warm and welcoming hospitality, but also for their expertise that differentiates this experience from the rest of Croatia, and more. Visitors will come here. We’ll be back, how about you?

This is a short overview containing just a few photos from the first “Croatia Full of Flavors” trip to Slavonia. To the two American writers who participated in this trip, WineCompassAnd Richard Auffrey, Passionate Foodie Blog When SampanThe person who was first introduced to us Luis Alberto, An American-based wine judge #winelover A 10-year-old community of 30,000 members of the group, Facebook. We hold regular face-to-face gatherings in wine regions. Needless to say, Todd and Richard’s short posts while traveling in Slavonia have already reached a huge number of wine lovers.

We hope that many other writers will get a profile of the history and taste of the region and want to visit the wine path of Slavonia. I will write each area individually. And, as you can imagine, we are discussing with various wineries how to add Slavonian wines to our portfolio. www.CroatianPremiumWine.comAn online store that delivers over 70 Croatian wines to most states in the United States.

Three counties, many appellations, and unified hospitality

When thinking about eastern Croatia, most foreign tourists are unaware that there are three different counties and two wine regions in eastern Croatia. Everything is blessed with fertile land for many crops, but in addition to the “plains” there are many rolling hills where vineyards thrive-it’s hard to imagine without a visit. The focus of our trip was on the provision of eno and stomach in the region, but with the support of the Tourism Board, which cooperates with the counties of Požega Slavonia, Vukovar Sriem and Osijek-Baranha, a rounded culture. I was able to get the experience.

We were full of impressions of countless wineries and underground cellars. Both very old and ultra-modern, with vertical archives, lots of traditional and gourmet food, from sightseeing to winemaking, it seemed like the trip lasted for weeks.

Grachevina Incredibly versatile grape variety and top- The quality of the wines produced in Slavonia today is clearly widespread. Many table wines are still produced in Slavonia, but I have never visited a winery without the highest quality wines. This is the result of a renaissance of winemaking in Croatia, led by many experts in academia, and the result of efforts by younger generation winemakers at wineries carrying torches initiated by legends such as Urad Clautakar. is.

I tasted a lot of Grachevina in various forms, from sparkling to fresh or aging and finally ice wine. Our Verdict-Join those who know you’re heading east to get that full experience. It is difficult to explain without sharing the ratings and experiences of different wines.

Slavonia wine region (Kutjevo, Feričanci)

The first stop was Kchebo, which was called the Golden Valley and visited three large wineries. Kuchebo Winery, KrauthakerWhen Garrich Winery.. From the 1232 wine cellar to the ultra-modern wineries, American wine writers and importers have taken the front row of exploration of Slavonia’s wine routes.

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1232 Kchebo basement and Galileo’s latest Galileo barrel (Photo: Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc.)

Vlado Krauthaker and his team introduced us to over 30 different wines. And Urad showed off not only his legendary charisma, but also his family – from Martina, the daughter of a wine maker, to Ivan, the nephew of a business leader with a “preparing a glass” moto, and Dinner we were invited to even the granddaughter who gave him a big hug to his family. (Needless to say, we thank the driver!) And the next day we visited a large winery in Felicansi. Enosophia Winery.. The new product line is manufactured and designed in a modern way.The wine is aged in Slavonian oak and the barrels Alliq barrelThe entire forest is FCS certified and is just a few kilometers away. Talk about perfect pairing!

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We hear about more than 30 wines by Vlado Krauthaker and his team, as well as the latest brand of Enosophia aged in Alliq barrels (Photo: Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc.).

Croatian Donau Wine Region (Ilok-Surigem, Eldut, Balanja)

Our travel route from Slavonia first took us to the easternmost region — Ilok-Srijem, Where everything looks historic and big.Can’t visit Iločk iPodrumi Without being aware of its long royal history and recent ingenuity in preserving archived wines.Then TRS Winery We witnessed a modern winery literally built on top of a historic cellar in the process of reconstruction. And we had the opportunity to juxtapose the power of a large winery with the success of a small one. This is the easternmost winery in Ilok. Papack WineryIs a family-owned winery of the former leader of Iločk iPodrumi, whose experience has been transferred to a small scale, but the wines are just as great, winning the award for the young lion of Chobankovich and the highest quality wines. It is a Buhatch winery that is starting to do.

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Iločk iPodrumi vertical cellar, Principovac, Papak Winery ice wine, and TRS juxtaposed (Photo: Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc.)

In Eldut Donau Wine Region Visited one of the largest wineries, including the largest wooden barrel of 75,000 liters Erdutski Vinogradi, This will be the largest wine barrel used in the world. The barrels are always full, in which there is always Graševina.

Moved from a huge one to a charming boutique Antunović Winery We fully embrace the wisdom, knowledge and tenacity of the Donau River and vines, as well as women’s winemakers. Jasuna Antunovich is the only slab wine maker to use Decanter Platinum in her wines. Yes, it’s platinum!

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Erdutski Vinogradi’s world’s largest barrel and the attractive environment and winemakers of the Antunović winery (Photo: Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc.)

Last visited Balanja In that mysterious glory.From Osijek’s historic fortress “Tvrđa” Berger WineryBoth old and new cellars, and finally the countryside Zmajevac, and Josic Winery.. The charm of this most northeastern part of Croatia is the village replaced by their traditional customs and new twists, the power and modernism of wineries servicing 630 hectares of continuous vineyards, and rural wine tourism. It is a combination of the charisma of life.

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Old and new cellar, Berger (Photo: Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc.)

Two days in Slavonia equals an increase of 2 kilos

In addition to wine, we tasted everything from the very traditional “Clen” to the contemporary expression of contemporary cuisine.Despite the light touch of gourmet food, we were told by an even more attractive and attractive woman Maximilian Hotel in Osijek“If the visitor did not earn at least 2 kilos on one weekend, the Slavonians did not host well.” In retrospect, we didn’t want to offend them – we don’t want to reveal the numbers, but we both benefited at least that much. Mission achievement Slavonia!

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From old-fashioned but delicious and spicy “fišpaprikas” at Josić Winery and Restaurant to traditionally inspired dessert presentations with reduced Josić Grand Cuvee (bottom) (Photo: Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc.)

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Our trip to Slavonia ended with a highly visited Wine & Art Festival in Osijek. The artists expressed their talent and the wineries shared their high quality wines with the general public. It seems that the whole of Slavonia is celebrating. If necessary. We hope this will allow more Croats and foreign visitors to plan to visit and taste all the wines and foods. Jib Jeri!

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author: Mirena Bagur and Win Burke are co-founders Croatian Premium Wine Import Co., Ltd., A company that distributes, sells and educates Croatian wines in the United States and ships over 70 Croatian wine labels to most states in the United States.The first team of American winemakers included Todd Godbout WineCompassWineries, breweries, distillery locator directories, and BevFluenceCreated organization To Beverage Content Creator, For Content Creator, and Richard Ofrey SampanNew England English-Chinese Newspaper, and Passionate Foodie BlogBefore heading for this trip, he wrote dozens of articles about Croatia and its wine scene.

I would like to thank all the organizations and people who helped organize this tour. Croatian National Tourist Board In the United States, not only the local tourism office, VinaCroatia.hrPart of the Croatian Economic Council, and Graševina CroaticaAssociation of wineries in the Slavonia and Donau regions.

And as always, we are globally grateful #winelovers A community that helped us navigate the American wine scene before we started our business. The beauty of this group lies in the members of merchants, simple wine lovers, amateurs and professionals, serious collectors and newcomers, all sharing a passion for wine and the wine industry from vineyards to glasses. Promotes communication and education in all aspects of.

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