Wines from Ancient Times: Show to be Held on 13 and 14 April in Zagreb

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Quite a unique and interesting manifestation, especially for winemakers, will be held in the Lauba Art Gallery, organized by the Croatian Agriculture and Forestry Counselling Service, together with the Agriculture Ministry and Croatian Center for Agriculture, Food and Village

What makes this manifestation different than other such events blossoming on the Croatian wine scene, which more or less fulfil their goal? It is different and thus unique in bringing together a large portion of the best wines from Croatian indigenous grape varieties, using guided tastings to point out why such wines are worthy of special attention in the future of Croatia as a wine country, as Jutarnji List reported on April 4, 2018.

The initiative for this promotion and free rating of wines from Croatian indigenous varieties came from the expert counsellors of the Croatian Agriculture and Forestry Counselling Service who have worked with thousands of winemakers for years and contributed to the development of the Croatian winemaking and vine growing sectors. The goal of the counselling system is to raise expertise and capabilities of farmers, forest owners and fishermen in the application of prescribed standards, modernization and better management, as well as development of competitiveness ad market orientation.

What to sell and to whom is the most common question faced by counsellors of the Service, which is why activities such as the upcoming one have been planned. They also aim to emphasize the importance of binding producers and consumers through such manifestations.

Indigenous grape varieties which have been present since ancient times in Croatian vineyards are one of Croatian national treasures, but over time they became rare, some completely eradicated, replaced by globally renowned varieties due to a lack of planting material. According to the “Green Book: Croatian Indigenous Grape Varieties” by prof.dr. Edi Maletić, Croatia holds 125 indigenous varieties, only 42 of them in commercial cultivation with wines made for the market. Wines from indigenous varieties are made by 789 producers, most of them from Istrian Malvazija, Plavac Mali, Teran, Maraština and Pošip. Continuous work of scientists on preserving and economic revitalization of indigenous varieties in the past dozen years have also resulted in their growing popularity. There is interest from vine growers and winemakers, but they often encounter many obstacles, while consumer interest is also growing, both from locals and visitors. The idea of the manifestation is to bring together science, experts, institutions, winemakers and consumers to analyse the situation, detect problems and work on their resolution, in order to increase the amount and quality of wines from indigenous varieties.

Join them for a glass of conversation in the Lauba Art Gallery and taste over 100 indigenous Croatian wines, which you can also purchase.

Friday, April 13
The show is open from 13 to 19h.
14:00 Opening ceremony
15:30 Panel discussion: Wines from indigenous varieties – the future?
presenter: prof. dr. sc. Edi Maletić / Faculty of Agronomics, Institute for Vine Growing and Winemaking
17:00 Lecture: Golden jaundice of vines
lecturer: Aleksandra Radić, dipl. ing. agr. / Croatian Agriculture and Forestry Counselling Service
17:30 Workshop: Istrian Malvazija styles
presenter: Tomislav Plavša, dipl. ing. agr. / Institute for Agriculture and Tourism Poreč

Saturday, April 14
Show is open from 11 to 18h
12:00 Award ceremony for best rated wines
13:00 Ceremonial opening of first bottle of Kraljevina Zelina wine brand of Zagreb County
presenter: Kraljevina Zelina Association
14:00 Lecture: Primary protection of vines
lecturer: Tatjana Radiković Palikuća, dipl. ing. agr. / Croatian Agriculture and Forestry Counselling Service
15:00 Workshop: Wines from indigenous varieties in Croatian Zagorje
presenter: doc. dr. sc. Darko Preiner / Faculty of Agronomics, Institute for Vine Growing and Winemaking
16:00 Workshop: Styles of Škrlet
presenter: Krešimir Hren, dipl. ing. agr. / Eno expert d.o.o.
17:00 Workshop: Pošip retrospective – from sparkling to Prosecco
presenter: dr. sc. Željko Andabaka / Faculty of Agronomics, Institute for Vine Growing and Winemaking

Translated from Jutarnji List, for the original click here.


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