Kutjevo

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Slavonija
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Graševina (Welschriesling), one of the most prevalent wine varieties, has made its home at the sun-exposed slopes of Croatia’s geologically oldest mountain - Krndija, a location whose soil composition, mild inclination and great insolation level conducive to continuity make it perfect for grape vines. The best wines ranging from dry to superior quality ones have made Graševina (Welschriesling) a separate brand, while winery Kutjevo d.d. is consistently winning awards at prestigious Croatian and foreign competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Welschriesling Festival...

Grapes from the best locations: Vetovo, Hrnjevac and Vinkomir are the basic precondition for the best Graševina (Welschriesling) with pronounced aromas and freshness. The 2017 Graševina, which has won this year’s Decenter silver medal, has a crystal clear yellow-green colour, pleasant fruity lemon and pear scents and floral aromas, its scent is harmonious, full, layered and mineral. In a nutshell, it’s fresh and salty with a bitter aftertaste. Due to its palatability and pronounced freshness, this is one of the most sought after Graševina varieties in Croatia.

Apart from Graševina, Pinot Noir is also picked at Hrnjevac location and it’s used to make wines of premium line de Gotho. Graševina de Gotho, which has also won Decanter silver (2017 harvest) and bronze (2016 harvest) last year, is a complex and layered wine that has aged for six months in new barrique barrels. With a balanced acidity and alcohol level, it’s exceptionally palatable with a long-lasting retro taste. When you smell it, you can feel vanilla and camomile.

De Gotho Pinot Noir is a warm and potent wine permeated with oak scent as oak wood was used to make 225 litre barrels where it first ages for a year after which it’s transferred into barrels with a capacity ranging from 1500 to 3000 litres. With an accentuated ruby colour, at the same time it’s bitter and sweet because you feel black pepper and cloves, as well as plums, raspberries, blackberries and vanilla.

Graševina and Chardonnay are transported to the cellars from the second location in Vetovo. They are then processed to make a coupage of another premium line Maximo Oro, whose 2016 harvest won yet another Decanter bronze. With a yellow-golden shade, primarily floral notes on the nose, discrete minerality, rounded taste and a harmonious body with refreshing acids, this supreme cuvѐe with an aging potential of at least five years represents the specific features of Kutjevo’s terroir.

The same location is where grapes are harvested for the premium quality, semi-dry Graševina Turković. The grapes are picked when they’re overripe, i.e. when about ten per cent of berries dry up. Bitter nuts in combination with 9% of sugar and ripe fruitiness are harmoniously combined in a layered wine with citrusy and floral notes. At this year’s Welschriesling Festival held in Kutjevo, all three wine categories - young, aged and superior quality Graševina - from Kutjevo d.d. became champions: Graševina Turković alongside 2016 Graševina De Gotho and 2011 ice harvest Graševina.

A vineyard needs a servant, not a master – is an old adage embraced by Kutjevo winemakers as their motto. With their love, knowledge and experience, grapes from carefully cultivated vineyards are turned into wine of exceptional quality, which has been recognised by archival wine tastes who attest to the one-of-a-kind experience of tastes and scents that leave an aftertaste for hours after they’ve tasted it.

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number 098/299-588

Web www.kutjevo.com

E-mail agroturizam@kutjevo.com

Working hours: MON - FRI 07:00-15:00,
Outside workjing hours - needed prior announcement

Region Slavonia

Address Kralja Tomislava 1, 34340 Kutjevo

Description:

The first wine was made in Kutjevo as far away as 1232 when one of the oldest wine cellars in Southeast Europe was built. Today this cellar goes by the name of Kutjevački podrumi and, according to legend, it still contains a stone table that dates back to the time of Baron Franz von der Trenck and Empress Maria Theresa. The 800-year long tradition of growing grape vines on the slopes of Krndija and wine production started by Cistercian monks was continued after the expulsion of the Ottomans. Nowadays, Kutjevo is widely known and world renowned for Kutjevo Graševina, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Traminac (Gewürztraminer) and Rheinriesling, wines which started to be archived back in 1873.

Today Kutjevo d.d. and its contractors have about 800 hectares of crops at the locations of Kutjevo, Vetovo, Hrnjevac and Velika with 80 per cent being white varieties and Kutjevo Graševina being the most famous one. The winery also includes restaurant Kutjevački podrum and a large tasting room that can take up to one hundred guests.
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