8th Pink Day International Festival of Rosé, Sparkling Wines, and Champagnes held in Zagreb

Daniela Rogulj

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In addition to socializing with winemakers and olive growers, this favorite wine event was marked by top workshops, awards, and a new location, MSU, a modern space that filled Pink Day with optimism and joy.

This year, Pink Day was held for the first time on the covered open terrace of the MSU Museum in Novi Zagreb. Although the location and date of the event were changed several times due to epidemiological reasons and the consequences of the Zagreb earthquake, the festival, despite the high temperatures, successfully gathered many domestic and foreign producers of rosé wines, about fifty of them, with more than 100 labels of rosé wines. There was, of course, an important part of the Festival – Green in Pink, which hosted a dozen of the best Croatian producers of extra virgin olive oil.


For the first time, in cooperation with the Miva Wine Gallery, an impressive Masterclass – World of Pink Champagnes by Moët Hennessy Group powered by Premium Visa was organized at the festival, which aroused the huge interest of connoisseurs and was sold out in just a few days. The presenter was brand ambassador Ted Lelakas. Visitors attended two more workshops: Pink Austria, powered by Austrian Wine, organized with the help of the Office of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions, and Tourism at the Embassy of the Republic of Austria, dedicated to Austrian rosés, and the workshop of extra virgin olive oils, Istria: Queen of Olive Oil powered by Catering Lisak, under the leadership of the famous Istrian olive expert Edi Družetić, who last year celebrated 40 years of work in olive growing.


For the first time, Pink Day had an official partner country – the Republic of Austria – and the opening ceremony was joined by the Austrian Ambassador, His Excellency Josef Markus Wuketich, accompanied by Consul Gerhard Götz and EBRD Director Croatia, Ms. Victoria Zinchuk, as well as Rada MP Borić, while the festival was officially opened by the president of GSGZ, Joško Klisović.


This year, Pink Day accentuated the sale of wine since last year was extremely difficult for winemakers, and each winemaker received pink bags with the Pink Day sign as a gift from the festival for the sale of their wine. Also, to the delight of the exhibitors, Pink Day continued to award the most imaginative and creatively decorated exhibition table. Last year’s award, pink Jimmy Choo shoes, was won by the Italian winery Bottega, and this time as many as 4 awards were given. Ciri with Vlasta Pirnat, academic painter; Maja Kuzmanović, B.Sc. in Architecture; Ivica Mamić, IMC agency, Sanja Muzaferija, journalist and founder of WOW and Pink Day, decided that the main prize, again pink Jimmy Choo shoes – this time model Smokey – worth a thousand dollars, would be won by Enosophia from Feričani. In contrast, the other three prizes were equal. The artwork “DESIDERIO N ° 1 ART MUST BE TASTED” by Austrian artist Andrew Stix, made especially for Pink Day, went to the Kutjevo winery, the collection of Priveé cosmetics Nikel, Croatian innovator Mirjana Brlečić received the Buršić oil mill. The Belje winery won the ingenious Coravin bottle cap worth 300 euros.


Within the mini-project “Drink Pink,” which was conceived independently of Pink Day as part of the iVino concept, the founders of journalists Ana Rogač and Iva Kozarčanin, a multi-member distinguished expert jury, evaluated the best rosé wines of their choice and, logically, decided to present – right on Pink Day. In their opinion, the two best calm rosés are, both with 87 points, Trs Franka 2020 from Ilok and Poletti Rosella 2020 from Višnjan, and Kurtalj Brut Rosé is the best sparkling wine.

All visitors received pink glasses as a gift to look at the world more brightly and optimistically after a long pandemic period. They found shade in these hot days in the WOW corner powered by Kraš, where they relaxed in comfortable Meblo Kare furniture – with fine chocolate.


Support for this most-visited one-day wine festival was provided by: PBZ Card Premium Visa, Austrian Wine, Peugeot, Kraš, and Catering Lisak; then Jana, Kare, Jimmy Choo, 21 Production, LU events & Decorations, Hotel Esplanade, Nickel, Print Shop, Eviplast and Solana Ramova.

Media sponsors of Pink Day are Jutarnji list, Telegram, Radio Laganini FM, Journal, Wish.hr, Menu.hr, Vinum.in. 

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