Korta Katarina

Srednja i Južna Dalmacija

The name of winery and hotel Korta Katarina is somewhat of a tribute to Orebić’s sea-faring tradition. It takes its name after the daughter of an American industrial magnate who used to run this monumental korta – a courtyard with large doors situated in front of a house where Orebić’s captains used to retell the adventures from their travels. To this very day Korta Katarina is full of travel stories, but the food and wine offered by the hosts to their guests take precedence.

Even though the red Plavac Mali coupages from two superb locations – Dingača i Postupa – are the winery’s pride and joy, we recommend you start by trying the traditionally made white sparkling wine Sabion they’ve been producing for the last couple of years. The first Sabion came to life in 2014, which as a bad year for winemakers because the grape quality and harvest were exceptionally poor due to torrential rain. Still, oenologist Nika Silić Maroević carefully sorted the harvest to single out healthy berries which are ideal for making sparkling wine. When it comes to the number of bottles, there are 2,500 of them, while the first dégorgement was performed in 2016. An excellent brut with an ideal amount of added sugar (dosage) has a specific character that goes great with Ston oysters.

Still white wines Pošip Korta Katarina also goes great with shellfish, crabs and other seafood, while it won the silver award at the 2018 Decanter for the 2017 harvest. With a goldish strawlike colour, pronounced citrusy aroma and a light bitterness, this well balanced dry wine is one of the best style variations of Korčula Pošip in which varietal characteristics realise their full potential. Pošip partially ages on a fine sediment in inox tanks, while it partially ages in barrels where it spends about eight months. After that, both wines are combined and left merged for a while followed by bottling and storing in a cellar for half a year.

Breezy yet pungent Korta Katarina Rosé is a very elegant, refreshing pink wine with the centre having a dark cherry colour graduating to an illuminating pale strawberry rim, which can be felt on the nose. Apart from strawberries, it smells of red apples, cherries and kiwi, while the same aromas are felt on the palate. A combination of Plavac Mali from Postup that makes the wine tender and gentle, Dingač that kicks it up and Zinfandel that soothes it, KK Rosé showcases a pink Pelješac, while it’s best when combined with tuna or grilled fish.

Korta Katarina Plavac wines are special due to the fact that all harvests are kept in the same callar conditions, harvests are meticulously planned and excessive dryness and overripenness are avoided, while the wines are aged in small oak barrique barrels for a period of time depending on the year’s characteristics. The steep and sunny Dingač and Pošip are the winegrowing positions near the grand cru level. Therefore, the exceptional quality of Korta Katarina Plavac wines launched by the winery only after they have aged properly for a couple of years should come as no surprise. In addition to the regular label (the latest one is from 2012), they’ve also launched the Reuben's Private Reserve label in standard bottles (vintages 2008 and 2009), as well as in 1.5 L magnum bottles, vintage 2009.

Private Reserve makes up only about five per cent of the production and the finest grape is selected for it, it ages longer in barrels for a total of 24 months. This is a full-bodied, complex and piquant wine the smell of prunes, blueberries, chocolate and a bit of smoke, it has a long aftertaste with a pleasant bitterness. You’ll be able to enjoy the currently available Private Reserve vintages for two to three years with a bit of dark chocolate, grilled meat or aged cheese. Reuben's Private Reserve 2011 won the bronze medal at this year’s Decanter, while the 2009 vintage won the silver medal last year.

Currently the youngest Korta Katarina Plavac Mali 2012 is a ripe, slightly piquant wine with moderate alcohols (14.5%) that exudes strength and solid tannins, it won the bronze medal at this year’s Decanter and the silver medal for the previous year’s harvest at the 2017 competition. Ripe, dark cherries on the nose, Mediterranean herbs and spices, leather and tobacco ensure a long-lasting aftertaste. With an aging potential of at least 5 to 6 years, it can be enjoyed even now with Dalmatian prosciutto and olives.

Plavac Mali Winemakers Selection 2011 is a complex and balanced wine with clearly pronounced tannins and acid, while its storage potential is extraordinary. Apart from luxuriant flavours, griotte, prunes, sour cherries and a bit of tobacco on the nose are things that make this wine special. It must be decanted and served with a steak or red meat.

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number +385 99 492 5830

Web www.kortakatarina.com/winery/

E-mail visit@kortakatarina.com

Working hours: 8 am - 10 pm during the tourist season
8 am - 4 pm

Region Dalmatia-Dubrovnik

Address Bana J. Jelačića 3, 20250 Orebić


The story of Pelješac-based Korta Katarina winery owned by the American family Anderson goes back to 2001, when Lee and Penny took part in a humanitarian mission in a neighbouring country, visited Pelješac and fell in love with the historical heritage, phenomenal food and, naturally, wine. In addition to Rivijera hotel in Orebić, the also purchased small plots of land at the renowned winegrowing locations of Dingač and Postup. Today they own a total of 6.5 hectares where they mostly grow Dalmatia’s most favourite indigenous grape variety – Plavac Mali and a bit of Crljenak. Apart from older vineyards that have been planted densely, they’ve planted a bit of new vines in the shrubby plantation system with low stakes. The newer vines are fewer, but they’ve been planted in a more modern way using wire and higher stakes. They have a total of 35,000 vines of Plavac Mali and 2,500 vines of Crljenak, while the first harvest took place in 2006. Annual production reaches up to 80,000 bottles. Apart from Plavac Mali coupage from two finest locations, they also make the only rosé, which is made using grapes from Postup and Dingač. In addition to red wines, they make white, still and sparkling wines and wines made from Pošip they purchase in Korčula’s Čare region.

Today Korta Katarina is a monumental edifice consisting of accommodation units with a wellness centre, a restaurant, winery, cellar and a tasting room - a five-star haven for hedonists!