Vrbnik Agricultural Cooperative

Hrvatsko primorje

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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Contact number 051/857 101

Web www.pz-vrbnik.hr

E-mail pz-vrbnik@ri.t-com.hr

MONDAY - FRIDAY: 07:00 - 21:00 h
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: 09:00 - 21:00 h

VINOTEKA (sales of wine), TRG SV. IVANA 2, VRBNIK
09:00 - 13:00 h and 18:00 - 22:00 h

Region Kvarner

Address Namori 2; 51516 Vrbnik


The vintner-winemaking cooperative which has worked continuously to this day was founded back in 1904. Since 1990, when the revitalisation of Žlahtina began, it has operated under the title of the Vrbnik Agricultural Cooperative.

The cooperative has 140 co-operators. The annual production of Žlahtina in the Vrbnik field over somewhat more than 100 hectares totals 100-120 waggons of grapes. The increase in the amount is linked to the planting of new vineyards, and around 30,000 new vines are planted annually. The largest production (around 70%) of Žlahtina grapes is processed in the cellar of the Vrbnik Agricultural Cooperative.

The cooperative’s cellar was built in Vrbnik harbour, right by the sea, back in 1930. Today it has the latest equipment for the processing of grapes and wine production, with a capacity of about 80 waggons. Depending on the crop, 450,000 to 600,000 bottles of quality Zlatna Vrbnik Žlahtina are produced each year.