May 31, 2023 – In Croatia, celebrations are unimaginable without it, important anniversaries are celebrated with her, kisses and tears are shed with her. Those flavors stay in the memory for a long time, at least that’s what rakija lovers say. We are sure that they will be remembered for a long time by the jury of the world’s most prestigious competition for spirits, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, which recently awarded double gold and silver to Wise Grus Lozovaci Barique and Šljivovica.
As Turističke Priče writes, this competition is considered the most important in the spirits category, it has been held for 23 years, and the evaluation criteria are very high. Croatian brandy is thus confirmed as the best brandy in the world.
All of the above would not be unusual, if it were not for the small Daruvar distillery, whose products soon after entering the market won two gold medals in Frankfurt for Dunjevac and Lozovac, as well as recognition for the best Croatian distillery presented in Frankfurt. After only eight months of presence on the market, the distillery’s shelves already have a total of six awards, double gold in San Francisco and one silver, an award in Zagreb and two awards in Frankfurt.
Although it is a debut distillery, it has actually entered high society with great strides. There are many plans, and they are not even aware of the importance of these prestigious awards, because the team does what it loves. Where they will end up is yet to be seen, but judging by the “fiery” start, there are still many challenges ahead of them.
They believe that their success will encourage other brandy producers in Croatia to make every effort to activate our spirits market and become recognizable both in Europe and in other countries around the world.
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