As many as 38 sorts of grapevines grow in the vineyards of the man of Kutjevo, Vlado Krauthaker, one of the most significant of Croatian vintners and, probably, the greatest experimenter amongst his colleagues.
He alone filled a bottle of Nebbiolo, the famous black sort of the Italian Piedmont whose name could be translated as “misty”. In rainy 2014, when the common red sorts had not matured enough, it was the best red wine from the Krauthaker vineyards. He was the only one to have the Austrian sort Zelenac in significant quantities and from it to make a strong and lively dry wine and an excellent sweet predicate wine.
Of course, amongst the sorts, the Graševina, of which there are five sweet and dry wines currently on sale, dominates. Likewise, there are three Sauvignons, two Chardonnays, Pinot Gris, Yellow Muscat, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, plus several white and red mixed sorts. In total 25 wine labels are on offer, of all types apart from the sparkling, and he also makes a very good mature brandy.
His vineyards are on the very best locations, on the slopes of Krndija and Papuk, on the geographical latitude of 45.3 degrees north on which the famous wine regions of Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley, Piedmont, Oregon and Istria are also located. From that the baseline of wine is called the 45.4 parallel.
He also owns an experimental vineyard in which he investigates how successful other Croatian sorts and those from other countries, as well as those from other continents can be.