Agricultural cooperative Svirče

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The small picturesque town of Svirče is located beneath Sveti Nikola, the highest point on the island of Hvar. When the weather is nice, you can see all the way to Italy from here. Badel 1862 has been working together with the eponymous cooperative winery in Svirče for almost twenty years and they grow high-quality grapes and produce the very best, first ecological wine in Croatia. The vineyards are located in the island’s interior, but also on the sunny southern slopes above beaches, between Medvid bod and Ivan Dolac all the way to Jagodna. Surrounded by drystone walls, on steep slopes which are almost vertically exposed to sunlight during the most important developmental stages, grape vines descend from 300 metres above sea level to the very coast. The autochthonous variety Plavac Mali, which is more resistant to grape vine disease, can only be hand-processed. Given the fact that moisture, which causes diseases in combination with high temperatures, is almost non-existent here, a one-off treatment is required so ecological production without using pesticides and herbicides was only natural.

Grapa variety Plavac is considered to be one of the finest Croatian red wines, Ivan Dolac barrique, occupies a limited area of just 12 hectares (the entire Ivan Dolac position occupies 24 hectares) with the vines being on average 30 years old. The fermentation process first takes place in inox barrels where it is kept for up to a month, while only natural yeasts are used. After that, the wine is aged in oak barrels with a 225 to 4,000 litres capacity for 12 to 15 months and prior to being shipped off to stores, the wine is aged in bottles for at least 6 months. With a dark ruby colour and an purple glow, Ivan Dolac is characterised by varietal aromas of dried berry fruit and dry grapes with discrete secondary aromas acquired through aging in barrels. The wine is robust and strong, acerbic, with ripe tannins and a long aftertaste, which makes it ideal to be served with red meat dishes, game animal, crustaceans or noble fish.

Apart from Plavac Mali, two other autochthonous varieties are grown in the island’s interior and they are Bogdanuša and Pošip. The latter is the most widespread variety in southern Dalmatia, which is why it’s frequently called “the king of Dalmatian white wines”. With its golden-yellow colour, fresh and harmonious, this Pošip makes an the ideal choice for crustaceans, shellfish and whitefish.

If you’d like to try something unusual, we recommend the dessert wine For (as the local call the sunniest island), which is made from Plavac Mali. Its sweetness and rich aromas make it popular with women and it has a reputation as a “kripost” (“lustiness”)liqueur.

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number 021/768-380

Web www.badel1862.hr

E-mail pz-svirce@pz-svirce.hr

Working hours: With prior announcement

Region Dalmatia-Split

Address Svirče, 21462 Vrbanj

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Badel 1862 is one of the largest winemaking companies with more than 150 years of tradition and almost 400 hectares of vineyards on five locations and wine cellars across Croatia. It is equally successful in producing quality and superb red and white wines that are just perfect when paired with autochthonous dishes of Croatian cuisine. Badel 1862 also acts as an important promoter of Croatian tourism by placing emphasis on autochthonous varieties and terroir features when implementing its promotional campaigns.

The portfolio of Badel 1862 includes five wineries, strategically located through several wine-growing regions: from western Slavonia, Zagreb County and northern Dalmatia to the Adriatic’s sunniest island. Badel 1862 owns the Daruvar Winery, which one of the most award-winning and where Croatia’s first Wine Salon recently opened its doors. They also own the Križevci vineyards below Kalnik where wine is consumed according to rules – “statute”, while boutique winery Nespeš gave rise to Diplomatic wines whose godfathers are the ambassadors of foreign countries and are used only for humanitarian purposes. A new tasting area will soon open its doors next to the Benkovac winery, which is covered with ivy that keeps the treasure in the cellar safe. Benkovac is the home of Korlat - “the wine that stems from rocks”, while at the far south there are 88 cooperative farmers forming the PZ Svirče on the island of Hvar. They take great pride in Ivan Dolac, Croatia’s first Plavac designated as an ecological product.

Honouring tradition and constant investment in planting new vineyards and restoring existing ones, equipping and technological modernisation of the cellars, as well as active wine promotion have paid their dividend through numerous awards and recognitions won at wine competitions. In this year’s competitions alone, Badel 1862 wines have won: one gold and silver and two bronze medal as the Decanter World Wine Awards in London, one gold at the MUNDUS VINI competition in Germany and three gold and two silver medals at the Concours mondial in Brussels.
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