Continuing our look at the members of the Hvar Wine Association – Ivo Carić.
Last time, we took a closer look at PZ Svirče, the cooperative with award-winning organic wines, which are sold around the world. We continue our look at members of the Hvar Wine Association by staying in the village of Svirče and focusing our attention on one of the rising stars of the Croatian wine scene, Ivo Carić.
One of the first private wineries in independent Croatia, the Carić wine story has been gathering pace in recent years, and the recent export to Blue Danube in California was the latest confirmation of Carić’s arrival on the international scene.
Passionate about the indigenous grape varieties of the island, Carić has become a byword for quality production of the grapes of Hvar, and the winery has done more than perhaps any other in promoting one of the island’s key white varieties, Bogdanuša (literally translated as ‘a gift from God’), culminating with a silver medal at BWIC 2013 in Sofia, and an approving blog from renowned British wine writer, Jamie Goode.
But is it perhaps the red wines of Carić which are the ones which are catching the eye a little more, from the easy-drinking Jubo’v (now available in Chicago) to the jewels in the range, Ploški Plovac, and Ploški Plovac Barrique – Ploški was last year named among Croatia’s top ten reds by a panel of experts working for a Hong Kong client.
As President of the Hvar Wine Association, wife Ivana has been a driving force in the resurgence of the Hvar wine industry, and the hugely successful Hvar Wine Assocation tastings during the season on the island have been a big success, while the potential of her concept of the Hvar Wine Time Traveller idea shows the potential of the island as a wine tourism destination.
Carić is one of the few wine selling outlets on the island, opening shops in both Hvar Town and Stari Grad, a nice initiative which also includes a sales point for many smaller Hvar quality producers – olive oil, figs etc.