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.
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Address Svirče, 21462 Vrbanj