Vina Laguna Wins Three Golds at Prestigious Italian Competition

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 27th of October, 2020, this year, the wines of Istria’s much loved Agrolaguna – Castello Festigia 2017, Riserva LV 2016 and Cabernet Sauvignon Festigia 2017, returned from Italy, more precisely from the competition “Emozioni dal Mondo: Merlot and Cabernet Insieme”, with gold medals. Vina Laguna’s Castello Festigia 2017 also won the award for the best wine from Croatia.

“It is a great honour for the second year in a row to win the award for the best wine from Croatia at such a prestigious competition, whose focus is on the black varieties Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and their blends. These golds have an even greater shine for us, considering that the award-winning wines from the 2017 vintage of the Festigia line have only recently been placed on the market. We’re extremely proud of every award we’ve received. They are one of the indicators of the continuity of the quality of our wines,” said Milan Budinski, director of winemaking and production of Agrolaguna, which produces Vina Laguna.

During the three days of the competition, which stretched from October the 15th to the 17th, more than 152 samples from 12 countries were tasted in the beautiful Italian city of Bergamo. In addition to the gold-awarded Agrolaguna wines, the jury was especially impressed by the black blend Castello Festigia (2017), meaning that this is the second year in a row that in which wine from Agrolaguna has been declared the best wine from Croatia.

It is a black blend that includes international varieties, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, but the wine exudes an Istrian spirit. It best shows all the characteristics of what are considered to be excellent Istrian red wines: elegance, complexity, softness, and with a deep and vibrant colour, accompanied by the freshness of the special Istrian temperate, climate and the warmth of Istrian red wine.

“Emozioni dal Mondo: Merlot and Cabernet Insieme” is otherwise one of the most prestigious European oenological competitions and is the only one in the world that focuses on Merlot and Cabernet and their blends, and is held under the auspices of the prestigious international organisation OIV – the International Organisation of Vine and Wine.

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