Soskic Winery – Croatian “Old Selection” Wines Make it to Canadian Market

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 13th of December, 2020, the new hope for the wine world from Plesivica presented its portfolio at the end of November in Zagreb. The Soskic winery family spoke about their wines and this family business – Sinisa, the man who creates the wines and his sons Leonardo and Vjeko. Their Old Selection line has even caught the eye of the Canadians.

“Although many perceive us as a new winery on our wine scene, we’re actually part of the very rich history of Plesivica. As a great lover of wine, an electrician by profession, back in 1992 I decided to dedicate myself to my second love – wine – and I bought three hectares of vineyards and an old house not knowing back then that I was actually buying the former home of Dr. Ante Starcevic,” Sinisa Soskic stated, recalling the very beginnings of his venture.

Soskic then decided to plant the first vines of Rhine Riesling, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and more in his first vineyard. From the beginning and having started with only three hectares, today, they’re cultivating about eight hectares of vineyards and as many as ten grape varieties, and they are also announcing further expansion.

Wine shops and tasting rooms

The first Soskic winery wine shop was opened by the family back in 2001, as they say, because they wanted more direct communication with the end consumer. Over the years that have since passed, the number of wine shops has increased and today there are six of them, five of which are located in Zagreb (Dolac, Kvatric, Jarun, Utrine, Tresnjevka) and one on the coast in Rijeka.

The winery and cellar began to be equipped and renovated in 2004 and it was all successfully completed ten years ago, in addition to the vineyards, the family also has a tasting room with a capacity for ten people.

Since last year, the Soskic winery has been producing a special line called “Old Selection” for which they use grapes from their best locations Rebra and Goricka, taken from vineyards which are more than 25 years of age.

A rather unexpected direction

Sinisa Soskic pointed out that their focus primarily lies here on the Croatian market, especially on the City of Zagreb and its rich restaurant scene. As for exports, Leonardo Soskic revealed that Soskic winery products are present in Canada, but for now they’re only in small quantities. After having succeeded in the world of wine, the Soskic winery presented another novelty – Dvor brandy.

“While most of the other winemakers in Plesivica dipped their toes into the proverbial waters of sparkling wine, we decided to take the other direction. For Dvor, we take only grapes from old vineyards, from vines older than 50, and varieties that have grown here in the soil of Plesivica for hundreds of years. The method of production is actually similar to that of cognac, we make it from six old Plesivica varieties, and each is aged for a minimum of three years. That’s our trump card for the market,” they condluded from the Soskic winery.

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