November 26, 2018 – With more than 300 exhibitors and a multitude of excellent wines and food delicacies showcased in its 13th edition, Zagreb VINOcom festival has once again confirmed itself as the leading regional festival of the finer things in life.
Much satisfied with this year’s attendance, the festival’s director and founder professor Ivan Dropuljić said the whole project has been well accepted by people and thus, although wine as a culture was perhaps a little neglected, in recent years we see that trend changing, while events such as VINOcom even more so boost awareness of this culture.
During the two days of VINOcom which once again took place at the historic Esplanade hotel on November 23rd and 24th, festival visitors had the chance of tasting some of the best wines from this part of Europe in an informal walk around the hotel ballrooms which allowed them to sample at their leisure and learn more about their favorite wines by talking to the exhibitors.
When it comes to wines, we could say that Croatia is full of surprises, and the biggest surprise of this year’s show was by far the 2015 Amfora bubbly of the Tomac family vinery: this rare gem macerated and fermented in clay amphorae is made with a coupage of 50% Chardonnay and 50% of local grape varieties hailing from the Plešivica hills. The extraordinary Amfora sparkling wine had its premiere at the 2018 VINOcom although the 2010 Amfora Brut Nature was previously listed as one of the “75 Stellar Buys of 2016” in the January 2017 issue of the prestigious Decanter magazine and is the first Croatian wine to receive such recognition.
However, this is not the first wine to put Croatia on the world wine map as our other wine regions like Istria and Dalmatia have been long known to produce amazing, top quality wines that can easily go side by side with their much more famous counterparts from France and Italy. In addition, we shouldn’t miss mentioning the coldest wine region of Croatian Uplands which has been pioneering in the domestic production of icewines.
Apart from Croatian wines, at the 13th Zagreb VINOcom, visitors had the chance to taste wines from our neighboring countries like Slovenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia.
To complement the vino, this year’s festival boasted an impressive selection of olive oils and other culinary delicacies. The tasty bites included classics like Istrian and Dalmatian prosciutto, Slavonian kulen, and various other cold cuts; but also smoked fish, as well as truffle-flavored chips, salami, and even chocolate.
In conclusion, the 13th VINOcom was once again a big success, leaving us with the impression that Croatia is thirsty for more of such events.