The lightness of being in Istria is best felt through the Istrian cuisine and wines. A wide array of wine labels covers the diverse tastes and needs of wine lovers, from a simple accompaniment to food to hedonistic enjoyment in color, taste and smell of Istrian autochthonous and international varieties.
Among numerous awards, the emphasis is placed on numerous medals won at this year’s jubilee 25th Vinistra, where Vina Laguna won eight golden and one silver medal, and also one silver and three golden diplomas. The most awarded variety is the most popular Istrian variety – Malvasia, as follows: Riserva Akacija, Riserva Vižinada, late harvest and Festigia 2017. Laguna wines are renowned not only on the national, but also on the global level. In the prestigious Finger Lakes International Wine Competition of 2018 they won two silver and one golden medal for Terra Rossa coupage that Decanter put on the list of 25 red wines of the world for daily enjoyment with a price tag of under 200 kuna.
Along with the base line of Select wines with over ten labels that are ideal for daily enjoyment due to their low alcohol content, Agrolaguna offers three more series: Festigia, Festigia Riserva and Adriana, a line of light summer wines for the catering industry, on offer in restaurants all along the coast of Croatia in the summer.
Elegant wines for special occasions, made from hand-picked grapes from select vineyards, Festigia line, a perfect accompaniment to various dishes, such as the aromatic Malvasia that fits well with truffle hors d’œuvres, risottos, pastas or fish, seafood and dishes with white meat. Red coupage of Merlot and Syrah, Castello, is served with beef carpaccio and beefsteak tartare, but Istrian truffles are not a bad choice either. Merlot, rounded and full-bodied with a long finish, should accompany ripe cheese, cold cuts and game, especially venison. Cabernet Sauvignon helps mouthfuls of warm appetizers, roasted meat or grilled fish go down more easily, and pasta, white fish and white meat go perfectly with Chardonnay.
The more demanding palates will be thrilled with Festigia Riserva wines in limited series, where the riserva (reserve) is not in relation to ageing, but a selection of grapes from the finest locations.
Malvazija Riserva, with a greenish glare, a flamboyant texture, unaggressive acids and a bouquet ranging from floral to elegant tertiary notes with a long aftertaste, a wine in which a strong alcohol content doesn’t stick out at all. It is ideal for toasts and it fits with/accompanies fresh turbot best.
Dark-red grapes for Cabertnet Sauvignon Riserva come from the sunbathed hills of the west coast of Istria, from the locality of Mornarica. Due to its blueberry, black currant and pepper flavors, it pairs best with classic Istrian delicacies: fuži pasta with truffles or Istrian proschiutto and sheep cheese with some honey.
Terra Rossa cuvée, light and palatable, obtained from Terrano, Gamay and Merlot, won many awards for its unpretentiousness and recognizable traits: the freshness of Merlot, rich, fruity flavor of Terrano and floral, mineral flavors of Gamay. Terra Rossa is a common companion to good food and, of course, good company.
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