Iuris

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Slavonija
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The Klasiček family has been the owner of Iuris winery since 1994. The winery is situated in the Erdut winegrowing region, in the area of Kraljevo Brdo, Busi and Lipovača to be more precise. The tradition of growing grape vine in this location dates as far as 1910 when the well-known Piller family from Osijek planted vineyards, while Damir Klasiček bought these vineyards comprising 56 hectares and the winery in 1977. They plant mostly red Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot i Cabernet Franc. In 2002 they planted the first Pinot noir, which makes a quarter of all grape vines today, while the first harvest took place in 2007, which was truly an exceptional year.

The wine style is Bordeaux indeed at the beginning, which is actually no coincidence. A young oenologist, who’s the son of Damir Klasiček returned from France in 2005 where he completed his studies and gained experience in renowned wineries Chateau Cheval, Chateau Margaux, Chateau d’Yquem and spent several years in Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France mastering the production of Gastro Pant rosé wines.

By honouring the tradition and experience of French viticulture, Domagoj implements the style and character in his Iuris wines defining them as a blend of elegance and modernity.
The basic line of Iuris wines offers wine lovers a chance to get exceptional, balanced wines with a very good price-quality ration in the Croatian market. The wine production approach is traditional with an emphasis on character, especially the fruitiness of the wines comprising the basic line.

The line Cyclists, comprised of perky, new wines, is aimed at younger consumers at an affordable price. The idea is to pair Graševina (Welschriesling), the most prevalent white variety, with other white varieties in this climate. Cyclists is an innovative, simple and fresh line. Rosalia, on the other hand, strives to become the most popular Croatian rosé wine. This rosé wine has managed to carve up a niche in the world market. As Klasiček argues, it merges the best qualities of white and red wines.

Saltwater (Sauvignon blanc and Cabarnet sauvignon) is the author's line of wines conceptualised to please younger consumers removed from the traditional types of wines. “Saltwater” originates from an underground lake beneath Erdut and the wines are more reminiscent of the New World wines with an accentuated mineral note and richness of aromas. Jenero line refers to Plavac from Brač, which has been transposed to Slavonia. This Plavac is fruity and almost has no tannins, which is rather strange for this variety. Jazz vibes is a limited edition line launched in connection with the promotion of Borna Šercar’s new jazz album called “Wagner goes to Hollywood”. This is a coupage consisting of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 20% Plavac Mali.

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Contact number 095/705-6343

Web iuriswinery.com/

E-mail info@iuriswinery.com

Working hours: MON - SUN: 8:00 - 16:00

Region Slavonia

Address Raška ulica 16 10 000 Osijek

Description:

Iuris winery, which has recently set up its headquarters in Osijek, started off as a family winery in Kraljevo Brod in the Erdut winegrowing region of the Croatian Podunavlje. Today it’s in its second generation and headed by its founder and oenologist Domagoj Klasiček.

Every year they produce more than 350,000 litres of wine, which makes them one of the bigger family wineries in Croatia. Unlike most local winemakers and wineries, from the very beginning it has set itself the task and focused on positioning itself in the Croatian wine market as a winery offering the best price-quality ratio. In that respect even today they are unrivalled in Croatia. This decision was not taken merely as a business strategy, but rather it was based on a true conviction of its creator that wine is a beverage intended for everyday use, that it should be enjoyed in all life situations and not just special occasions. But in order for this to come to life, the notion of everyday use needed to be brought to another level. Namely, two creative processes, drivers to move forward – Innovation and Creation – which are spelled with capital letters at Klasiček and without which, according to him, no wine would be worthy of making.

The winery started making its way into the Croatian wine scene with the award-winning Sauvignon Blanc Saltwater, Sauvignon Blanc sur lie as far as white wines are concerned and Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon when it comes to red wines – this was a successful endeavour on the oenologist’s behalf to debunk the entrenched perception that Podunavlje is not a terroir conducive to red wines.

Today the assortment encompasses about ten wines ranging from dry to semi-sweet wines and they are divided into several lines. When it comes to white wines, we should single out Sauvignon blanc Saltwater, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay. As far as red semi-dry wines are concerned, Merlot, Cabernet Cauvignon, Pinot Noir from lines Classic, Cabernet Sauvignon Saltwater and Tempera premium cuvee deserve particular attention.

Muscat (white) and Gamay (red) are semi-sweet wines from the Live Love line. Rosé wines, which are available in two versions, dry – Rosalia, and semi-sweet – Rosalia Fresh, take up a special place in the winery’s wine selection.

When it comes to conducting business, the winery is extremely well organised. The production team takes care of the wine only, while the company Gastro Pantheon with its own warehouse and vehicle fleet in Zagreb is in charge of distribution and sales thereby warranting fast and efficient distribution in Croatia.
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