This attractive winery was built in 1957 modelled on wineries in southern France. It’s situated at the crossroads of civilisations in Benkovac and its ivy-covered roof houses the production of wines made from grapes stemming from the barren soil surrounding Benkovac and Stankovac.
The vineyards at the Pristeg and Miranje locations have been restored on two occasions, while setting up a new plantation on the Korlat location between 2005 and 2007 was particularly challenging. This location is rocky, covered in low maquis shrubland at a height of about three hundred metres above sea level and faces the sea and vine propagation material from France was planted here: Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Mourvѐdre.
The winery has become famous for Rosѐ Benkovac wine, one of the best-selling pink wines in Croatia and made from the French variety Grenache Noir using technology made for white wines thus achieving its unique copper red colour. The fruity strawberry and raspberry aromas go perfectly with prosciutto and lamb, as well as a refreshment during hot summer days.
However, the Benkovac Winery takes particular pride in the Korlat wine series, which was named after the city of Croatian dukes Korlatović. In 2007, which was the first year of commercial harvest, Korlat wines won awards at numerous prestigious competitions. They continued the tradition this year, too: Korlat Syrah 2014 won gold at Decanter, Korlat Supreme Syrah 2012 was awarded the silver medal, Cuvée Benkovac the bronze medal at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2018. Korlat wines have won three gold medals and two silver ones.
Wines stemming from rocks – as Benkovac winemakers like to call them – are a blend of a unique microclimate on Korlat plates, terroir and contemporary vinification and have proven to be a perfect companion in all occasions and with all kinds of food. With a balanced acidity, pleasant freshness, black berry aroma and a fascinating colour, year after year, harvest after harvest they go to prove that the project is a success.
Cabernet Sauvignon, the king among the Supreme line red wines, has intense plum, blueberry, blackberry and black currant aromas, while aging in barrique barrels has given it coffee and dark chocolate aromas with ripe tannins. It’s best when sipped with pungent cheese and red meat dishes, beef in particular, but game and veal under peka as well. Trying it with a sweet dessert such as sour cherry or plum strudel will also make a pleasant surprise.
Korlat Supreme Merlot, yet another wine from the Premium series, is a seductively fresh, gracious wine with just a few grams of residual sugar. Ripe, red cherries will enchant you as soon as you smell them, while the raspberry flavour coupled with spices will complete the feeling of satisfaction as you sip the wine while eating ripened cheeses, roasted duck breast, fish prepared on gradele. If you enjoy dark chocolate, you’ll come to realise that it’s even better with this Merlot.
Syrah from the Benkovac cellar will enthral you at first sight with its dark red, almost violet colour. Intense, complex, enduring and ripe with berry aromas, particularly dark raisins, it’s completely harmonious with the discrete tobacco, coffee and dark chocolate aroma obtained through aging the wine in oak barrels. Surprise your taste buds by trying it with homemade sausages, soft cheeses, as well as barbecue and wild berry desserts.
When combined with a bite of authentic Benkovac pastry prsnac stuffed with young cow cheese, eggs, kaymak and buttermilk or with a dish prepared under peka, especially a young rooster or polestar, Korlat wines will give you something to remember.
Apart from wines, the Benkovac winery produces and excellent brandy Glembay 15 y.o. using selected wine distillates aged in oak barrels for at least 15 years, which are then blended with almond and carob macerates and is then aged for a while before bottling Croatia’s first premium brandy.
Contact number 023/681-734
Working hours: With prior announcement
Address Ivana Meštrovića 28, 23420 Benkovac