The oenologists of the Vrbnik Agricultural Cooperative from Krk were the first in the world to place sparkling wine at the bottom of the sea to mature. It is called Morski Valomet. Some of the bottles were drunk long ago, some are waiting for buyers in unique bottles to which seashells have attached themselves, and some are still passing time in the dark and constant temperature 30 metres below the surface of the sea.
They also produce a regular Valomet which, instead of the sea, is stored in their cellar. The base of both sparkling wines is Žlahtina, an indigenous sort of the Croatian Littoral (Kvarner), which has taken its name from the old Slavic word ‘žlahten’ meaning noble.
Žlahtina otherwise provides a fine still wine of a slender body and mild floral and fruit aroma.
Most of this wine is drunk in the first year after the harvest because Žlahtina is a sort that offers its best without delay. However, a certain number of bottles are being kept for the coming years – they say in the Vrbnik Agricultural Cooperative where a certain quantity of grapes are processed in a special way for the more serious and stronger wine Žlahtina Grand Cru.
“We’re here today, gone tomorrow, so says the Bible. And God will ask where were you if you didn't drink the Vrbnik Žlahtina Grand Cru?” And they sang of that wine of the grapes selected from the best vines from the best vineyards.
In the cooperative, they make Prošek from the overripe Žlahtina grapes, whilst Brajdica, an old black sort from Kvarner and Dalmatia, provides a Rosé and Namori red wine.
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