Dingač. The first place in Croatia to be recognised, in 1961, as an appellation with “Protected Geographical Origin°. The autochthonous variety Plavac Mali has been producing the best wines for centuries. From our vineyards you can view the island of Mljet, and you can sense Dubrovnik close by, with the deep blue sea on the horizon, undulating all the way to Italy.
It is as if you are observing the path that Plavac Mali’s “ancestor“ had traversed, coming to Italy as Primitivo, only to set forth over the Atlantic to become Zinfandel. Dingač has its own particular path, carved through the mountain by the winegrowers, linking the vineyards to the port of Trstenik. From here, the first wines left for Europe. Dingač has always been the authentic heart of Croatian winemaking. St. Lucia, authentic Dingač.
A stone’s throw away from Pula stands one of the biggest amphitheatres in the world and the famous Višnjan observatory. From here our vineyards can be seen around the Istrian village of Radovani, the highest peak of south-western Istria. They are exposed to airstreams which, during the ripening season, provide cool nights, important for the aromatic profile of the future wine.
Our frame is the fertile red soil and the autochthonous Malvasia variety brought to these parts by the ancient Greeks. This is the frame in which we will place our picture of world-class wine. From the Radovani vineyard you can find your way to the observatory to gaze up at the stars.
St. Ante, through the grapes, to the stars…
Our vineyard St. Roko is located near the base of the scenic Pelješac peninsula, just north of the point where it becomes the mainland. This region is called Komarna, known for winegrowing since the Middle Ages. In this particular micro locality the vine was never grown and in the middle, stone tombs stand as legendary resting places of our ancient inhabitants, the Illyrians.
The mystical, southwest slopes of St. Roko are extremely steep, extremely difficult to cultivate, and extremely full of limestone which protects the vine from drought. To survive, the vine has to grow deep under a protective layer to find the fertile red soil. Exposed to the sun and wind, the vineyards offer spectacular views of the bay, where no one has made it before.
St. Roko, mystical, pioneering…