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Fifty three Croatian wines awarded at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010
By Prof.Dr. Darko Zubrinic | Published  07/19/2010 | Tourism , Croatian Cuisine , Awards , Business | Unrated
Croatia a major force in the wine world




 
Fifty three Croatian wines awarded at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010

Fifty three Croatian wines have won awards at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2010, one of the most prestigious and acclaimed competitions in the industry. The results were announced to the wine trade at the London International Wine Fair at the ExCeL centre in London's Docklands last month.

A total of 10,983 wines were entered, more than double the number of entries to the first competition seven years ago. In total, 68.8% of wines submitted received an award – with 11.9% being awarded Silver medals while 2.86% won a Gold or Regional trophy.

Announcing the results at Decanter's stand, Sarah Kemp, Decanter publishing director, said 'it was a record year for Decanter and, in one of the toughest years the wine trade has ever known, we're thrilled with the result. 'What we're most proud of is our judging. Our judges, we believe, are the best in the world – from Isa Bal MS at the Fat Duck, to Jeannie Cho Lee MW.'
 
The international trophy winners will be announced at a special dinner at London's Royal Opera House in Covent Garden on 1 September.

Croatia won 1 Regional Trophy, 12 silver and 14 bronze medals, and 26 commended awards at the competition. Below is the list of the awarded wines.

Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 - Croatia winners

Regional Trophy (red Croatia over Ł10)
- Belje Merlot 2008
Podunavlje, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
 
Silver Medal Winners
-Bastijana Plavac Mali Barrique ++ 2007
Srednja i Južna Dalmacija, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
- Benvenuti Muškat Momjanski 2007
Istra, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
- Bodren Château Bežanec Cuvée Valentino Ice Wine 2008
Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
- Bodren Pinot Blanc Ice Wine 2008
Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
- Ilocki Podrumi Traminac Icewine 2008
Podunavlje, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
- Korta Katarina Pošip 2007
Srednja I Južna Dalmacija, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Kutjevo Graševina Izborna Berba Prosušenih Bobica 2006
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
- Kutjevo Traminac Ledeno Vino 2007
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
- Vina Bibich Ambra NV
Sjeverna Dalmacija, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
- Vinarija Zadjelarevic Nogual Grand Cuvée Cabernet-Merlot 2007
Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
-Winery Krauthaker Zelenac Izborna Berba Bobica 2009
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
-Winery Krauthaker Zelenac Kufievo Izborna Berba Prosusenih Bobica 2008
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)

Bronze Medal Winners
-Agrolaguna Castello Festigia 2007
Istra, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
-Bastijana Prošek Hektorovich 2005
Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
-Belje Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Podunavlje, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
- Belje Graševina Goldberg 2008
Podunavlje, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Bodren Château Bezelac Chardonnay Ice Wine Valentino 2008
Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
- Dakovacka Vina Chardonnay sur-Lie 2008
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Frano Milos Stagnum 2004
Srednja I Južna Dalmacija, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
- Ilocki Podrumi Traminac Izborna Berba Bobica 2007
Podunavlje, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
- Roxanich Merlot 2006
Istra, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
- Vina Matoševic Alba Barrique 2008
Istra, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Vinarija Daruvar Graševina Daruvar 2008
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Vinarija Vinski Rajnski Rizling Bolfan Paidia 2008
Zagorie-medjimurje, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
- Vinarija Vinski Sauvignon Bolfan Libertin 2009
Zagorie-medjimurje, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Winery Krauthaker Graševina Mitrovac 2009
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)

Commended Wines
-AB Vina Cabernet Sauvignon Barrique 2008
Istra, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
-Belje Chardonnay Goldberg 2007
Podunavlje, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Benvenuti Malvazija Istarska 2009
Central Istra, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Dakovacka Vina Chardonnay sur-Lie 2004
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
-Gianfranco Kozlovic Muscat Momjanski 2008
Istra, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Gospoja Misno Vino NV
Vrbnik, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Ilocki Podrumi Graševina 2008
Podunavlje, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Kutjevo De Gotho Aureus Chardonnay sur-Lie 2007
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Kutjevo Traminac Ledeno Vino 2005
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
- Roxanich Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Istra, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
- Springs of Life Carmen Sylva Demi Sec Kraljeski Pjenušac NV
Srijem, Croatia
(White - Sparkling)
- Trapan Rubi Rosé Syrah 2009
Istra, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(Rose - Still)
- Trapan Syrah Shulůq 2007
Istra, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
- Trapan Bruno Uroboros Malvazija Istarska 2008
Istra, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Vina Bibich Riserva R6 2007
Sjeverna Dalmacija, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
- Vina Matoševic Alba Robinia Malvazije Istarka 2005
Istra, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Vina Matoševic Grimalda 2008
Istra, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Vinarija Grabovac Modro Jezero Grand Reserve 2007
Dalmatinska Zagora, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
- Vinarija Svirce Hvar Ivan Dolac Plavac Mali 2007
Srednja I Južna Dalmacija, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
- Winery Krauthaker Graševina Izborna Berba Prosušenih Bobica 2009
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Sweet)
- Winery Krauthaker Graševina Pomale 2009
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Winery Krauthaker Rizling 2009
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
- Winery Krauthaker Sauvignon 2009
Slavonija, Kontinentalna Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
-Zlatan Otok Ostatak Bure Stolno Vino NV
Srednja I Južna Dalmacija, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(White - Still)
-Zlatan Otok Plavac Barrique 2007
Srednja I Južna Dalmacija, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
US price: $21.90
-Zlatan Otok Plavac Grand Cru 2006
Srednja I Južna Dalmacija, Primorska Hrvatska, Croatia
(Red - Still)
US price: $30.99

Source www.croatiaexclusive.com



 
Wine in Croatia has a long, long history. It was the Greek settlers who first introduced vineyards to the Croatian coast in the 5th century BC and wine production has flourished ever since. During the Homeland War, many wineries and vineyards were destroyed but the winemaking industry has rushed back.

Croatia now produces up to 700 wines, some of excellent quality. Purists may scoff, but Croatian have the habit of diluting their wine. In the south, they call it bevanda and in the north, they call it gemist.

Croatia Wine Regions

As in France, wines are strictly labeled according to their origin. There are some 300 official wine regions divided generally into coastal and interior wines. The majority (67%) of wine is white and produced in the interior while 32% is red and produced along the coast. Rose is relatively rare.

Croatian Grapes

Although there are hundreds of grape varieties in Croatia, experts agree that the red Plavac Mali grape produces the best red wine. Plavac Mali is genetically identical to Zinfandel grapes which clearly come from Croatia, not Italy as has long been thought. Croatia's sparkling Prosecco wine comes from Bogdanusa, a white grape. Malvazija from Istria and Posip from Korcula produce Croatia's most renowned white wines.

Croatia's Best Wines

In northern Croatia, look for Zlahtina from Vrbnik on Krk Island; Cabernet from Porec; Sauvignon, Merlot and Terrano from Buzet.

In Dalmatia look for Dingac and Postup from the Peljesac Peninsula, Babic from Primosten, Vugava from Vis, Plavac from Bol, Malmsy from Dubrovnik, Posip and Grg from Korcula.

Awards

In 2009, Croatia shocked the wine world by walking away with eight gold medals at the prestigious Decanter Wine Awards, beating out such stalwarts as Chile and New Zealand. Sweet, white wines won most of the medals. Wine judge Angela Muir described the dessert wines as" "exclusive, expensive, high-end and they are no question up with the great Sauternes." It's worth noting also the the gold-medal winners come from continental Croatia, not the coast. Here are the winners

    * Badel 1862 Graševina Daruvar 2007
    * Bodren Château Bežanec Chardonnay 2007
    * Bodren Couve 2007
    * Bodren Pinot Sivi 2006
    * Bodren Rajnski Rizling 2007
    * Iloski Podrumi Tramanac 2006
    * Krauthaker Graševina Izborna Berba 2007
    * Krauthaker Zelenac Kutjevo Izborna Berba 2007

Source www.croatiatraveller.com/Wine.html





 
Croatia hailed as major force in wine after winning clutch of awards

Croatia has been hailed as a major force in the wine world after the country won more gold medals than established rivals including the US, New Zealand and Portugal at a leading tasting competition.

By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Editor
Published: 1:33PM BST 14 Aug 2009

Eight Croatian wines were awarded the plaudits at the Decanter World Wine Awards, trumping the achievement of many far larger, better-known producers.

The number of gold medals is a particularly impressive achievement for a country which saw many of its leading vineyards destroyed in the Croatian War of Independence in the early 1990s.

The judges were impressed by the strong, tannic red wines that are produced on the Adriatic coast, which has a similar climate to the South of France. But the real stars were sweet, white wines, which won the bulk of the medals.

Angela Muir, in charge of judging the country's wines for the awards, said: "Croatia really was the discovery of this year - some great white wines, both dry and dessert, with bags of character and a whole bouquet of varieties and styles."

One of the gold-winning white wines was the Bodren Pinot Sivi, costing about Ł35 a bottle, and was described by the judges in their tasting notes thus: "Toffee apple, clove, smoke with a silky sugared texture and persistent lingering finish."

Mrs Muir described the sweet whites as "exclusive, expensive, high-end and they are no question up with the great Sauternes."

The white wines, including the dessert wines, are made from Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio or Traminer grapes as well as the local Graševina variety, similar to Italian Riesling.

Adam Lechemere, editor of Decanter.com, said: "This really puts Croatia on the map. They are reasserting their mastery of dessert wines. And if you are a fan of sweet white wines, you would be a fool to miss them.

"Croatia really can now take its place as a serious player in the wine world."

Though Croatia's eight gold medals beat Chile's four and Argentina's seven, fans of unusual wines will have to make a serious effort to track them down in Britain.

While supermarket wine buyers have become increasingly adventurous in recent years, stocking more English wines, Austrian fizz and unusual sherries – another big winner in the Decanter awards – no mainstream retailers sells Croatian wine in Britain. Shoppers will need to find a specialist importer or join the increasing number of holidaymakers that have discovered Croatia and its wines in recent years.

Croatia boasts that its wine making industry is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to possibly the bronze age and certainly the Greek era.

Milijenko Grgich, a Croatian who has become one of the most successful Californian winemakers, has argued that the Plavac Mali - one of Croatia's main red grapes - is in fact the original variety from which Zinfandel, or the Italian Primitivo grape, is derived.

Malcolm Gluck, the author of the Superplonk guide to wines, said: "The Balkan region is hugely interesting. They enjoy much the same climate as Italy and southern France so there is no reason why they can't produce just as good as wine as these areas."

Source www.telegraph.co.uk



Famous Ilok Wine Cellars, North East of Croatia. Ilok is a lovely town near the Danube river.


The hilly area around the town of Ilok, is known since Ancient times as "Delicium Mundi", due to high quality white wines from their wineyards. The most famous is TRAMINAC, known as Royal Wine. It was served during the coronation of Queen Elisabeth, and is still represented in the Queen's collection of wines. The town of Ilok suffered very much during the Serbian aggression on Croatia in 1990s.

The Ilok Winery (Ilok is a Croatian town on the Danube river) can boast that in 1954 Great Britain oredered 11000 (eleven thousand!) bottles of wine for the official ceremony of coronation of the British Queen Elisabeth II. The Ilok wineries produce 4-5 million liters of wine per year.

The wine cellars of Kutjevo on the Croatian north exist continuously since 1232, that is, for nearly eight centuries! The Kutjevo wines are very famous in Croatia.

Source Croatian cook-book



Ilok Wine Cellar, Mr. Tvrtko Andrija Mursalo, former Croatian ambassador in South Africa

A reastaurant in Ilok

Ilok Wine Cellar, photo by dr. Ante Ljubičić, Zagreb

With Ilok golden wines everybody feels younger.


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