Buhač Winery: Probably the Best Croatian Value for Money Wines

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Some people buy wines when they have a chance, some for the label or design, some at discounts… What we present here today and wines great in their segment, ones we slightly – fell in love with…

Four hours drive from the capital, in Croatia’s far east, in the wealthy Srijem near the Danube are the vineyards owned by the Buhač family. A large area, over 20 acres, where father Ivan and son Domagoj have been creating since 1998 a lovely and totally atypical wine story, 24sata wrote on July 11, 2016.

They don’t make wine to be rich quick, but simply to cover costs and make something good to win the market. And they’re doing it great.

Domagoj Buhač did not, like his father, major in agronomics but in economy, but his strong hands show he never evaded field work. We sit in the foyer of their house where anyone can come for a guided tasting, with advance notice.

When he graduated and got a job, Domagoj soon realised that love is elsewhere, so he started helping his father and in 2008 took over most of the work. Today when he is 32, he is one of the most pleasant winemakers to tell his stories – it is a joy to listen to the love and emotions of the work he shares with his father. A fan of swimming too, so you can always join him in training – on the Danube!

Lots of sun and sparse rain on the locations Radoš, Lišćak, Božino Brdo, Ciglana, Principovac, Zaravan, Dekan and Široka Šuma were on of the reasons why the Buhač family has 16 acres of white and 4 acres of red sorts. Mostly Graševina, 60%, while Merlot holds 20%. With Graševina, they produce Riesling, Traminer, Pinot White, Chardonnay and Sauvignon, along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Their newest wines are rose, Chardonnay Sur Lie and Frankovka. The annual plan is to produce 150,000 litres with no expansion planned. Graševina sells at 25 Kuna and is light and drinkable, no bitterness in sight. The Traminer is lively, sweet and wonderfully rounded – nothing stands out and is ideal to melt with desserts. A bottle is 30 Kuna.

What Domagoj is most proud of is the Merlot, which for 50 Kuna offers more than double than its more expensive namesake. Ideal for meats and similar opportunities.


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