Boutique winery Nespeš

Prigorje – Bilogora
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Located in the eponymous manor near Sveti Ivan Zelina, Nespeš winery is a small place for big wines. The piedmont sunny hills of Švarcovina accentuate the ideal conditions of Zelina’s wine-growing region.

When it’s a good winemaking year, this region provides oenologists with the pleasure of making superior quality wines. With an always seductive bouqet, nice acids that make it exceptionally palatable, Traminac Nespeš is frequently found on English tables. The wine contains 6 to 8 grams of residual sugar which is enough for the wine not to be too sweet, yet is has a rich, full taste and goes great with noble fish and white meat dishes.

Light, elegant and sophisticated Nespeš Chardonnay should be served with white meat and fish dishes, while the 2003 barrique was the first wine in a special diplomatic wine series whose godfathers where members of the diplomatic corps in the Republic of Croatia.

Gentle yet fresh Zlatni Silvanac with discrete floral aromas is best when it’s young because it doesn’t accumulate acids well and they’re important for wine longevity. It’s bound to be excellent with freshwater fish, but be sure to try it with kale and salty desserts such as pumpkin štrukli or gibanica and strudels. If it’s a good year and special care is taken in the cellar, Zlatni Silvanac makes an excellent superior quality wine candidate, and they’ve got the necessary expertise at Nespeš to perform this complex task.

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Working hours: With prior announcement

Region Central Croatia

Address Nespeš 4, 10382 Donja Zelina


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.