It is closer to Zagreb than Split, and yet for many, Croatia’s easternmost town of Ilok seems to be at the end of the world.
Make the journey, however, and you will be rewarded with wines fit for royalty and a wine-making tradition dating back to Roman times.
Meet the wine which was served at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and again at the weddings of Princes William and Harry.
And then hear the incredible story of how 1,200 bottles of the royal 1947 Traminac were saved after the Serbs took control of the winery during the Homeland War.
This video was shot by Steve Tsentserensky and edited by Igo Vuk in November 2021, while the Queen was still alive, which explains the words in the National Anthem at the end.
You can learn more about Ilok and eastern Croatia in my Total Croatia News article of that trip, Slavonia, Full of Life: Time to Tell the Truth about Eastern Croatia.
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