If the ancient forbearer of the Crivik family as far as 1500, when this winemaking family was first mentioned, knew that Petar Crvik, a member of the family’s fifth generation, would enthusiastically enroll into the Faculty of Agriculture in order to enhance the systematic approach to winemaking, he would be overwhelmed with a sense of pride in the fact that the small wine cellar developed into a state-of-the-art winery that makes award-winning Croatian wines.
With its distinctive green colour provided by lush vegetation, the celebrated Konavle definitely makes an ideal setting straddling the area between the sea and world-renowned Dubrovnik. The hilly village of Komaji is where you’ll find old vineyards and the Crvik family winery. The celebrated Konavle terra rossa forms small karst fields containing vineyards where cabernet sauvignon i merlot thrive. The winemaking Crvik family takes great pride in the fact that they’ve managed to bring back Malvasia Bianca, a variety native to Dubrovnik, as well as white maraština. They also grow Plavac Mali, a variety this area is most famous for.
Due to the fact that production has outgrown winegrowing capacities, grape is obtained from local Konavle grape producers who comply with rigorous production requirements. In their 100 years in the winemaking business the Crvik family has lived through all of the tumultuous events that have beset this area. Not only did they endure the hardship of two world wars, but they also had to deal with abject poverty while living on a barren island. They managed to get through by growing grape and selling their quality grape to cooperatives because that was the only option before Croatia gained its independence.
Today Crvik winery is confidently traversing winemaking waters and the experience gained during these years of hardship was more than welcome because everything is appreciated from the bottom of the heart. Petar Crvik, the youngest member of the family is madly in love with his winery, field, grape and wine. This devotion was instilled in him by his father Andre, who made everything they own possible. That’s why the first wine was named Konavle. The white variety was created by blending Maraština, Zlatarica and the rare Rkacitela, whereas the red variety was made by blending Vranac, Kadarun and Plavac. It’s interesting to point out that this winemaker refused to change tha name on labels even at the price of missing out business opportunities in the former Yugoslavia.
Currently there are two wines Crvik Marin Držić, five superb wines bear three lines on their labels in different colours and then there’s also Canavia, a line of superior quality wine.
The three lines in different colours on superior quality wines constitute a modern rendition of Dubrovnik’s coat of arms. They put the blue and red line on Merlot and Plavac Mali, while the other colours can be found on labels depending on the wine. Each wine is takes its name after a work by Marin Držić, which just goes to show the almost irrational love for wine and the magnificent Dubrovnik area.
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