Vina Laguna (Agrolaguna)

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Istra.
Price range

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.

-- Your Gourmet 365

Contact number 091/441-9998

Web vinalaguna.hr/

E-mail sanela.coga@agrolaguna.hr

Working hours: On call

Region Istria

Address Mate Vlašića 34, 52440 Poreč

Description:

The vineyards of Agrolaguna, spreading on more than 600 hectares, get approximately 2400 hours of Istrian sun annually. Autochthonous, but also international varieties, such as the Istrian Malvasia, Terrano, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, yellow Muscat and rose Muscat, and Pinot gris and blanc, have all found a home in locations where Mediterranean and continental climate meet. A micro climate with enough rain from spring clouds, moderate summer temperatures that last just the right amount for the grapes to ripen and the diversity of soils and locations have all made growing top quality grapes possible for centuries now. Grapes for Vina Laguna labels are grown on famous Istrian terra rossa (red soil) and the more delicate white soil, which is prone to erosion due to its mechanical content. Following a negative anthropogenic influence, the white soil is quick to lose fertility and it easily becomes dead soil. The following year marks the beginning of new plantings in the vicinity of Vižinada on a total of 23 hectares of land, to be maintained following organic principles. The goal is not only to protect the extremely valuable vine growing land, but also to produce wines of even greater quality, in this case, the Istrian Malvasia. The land around Vižinada is rich in magnesium and calcium, so Vina Laguna wines from these localities tend to have moderate acidity and salinity and, as such, they are beacons of success of Agrolaguna’s wine labels under the names of Festigia and Festigia Riserva.
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