Terroir of Western Istria may be the most specific in all of Croatia.
In the western Istria, all three essential elements of terroir -
soil, climate and man (local culture) meet in full with their
features and contrasts which leads to a unique result, therefore it
is not uncommon for western Istria to be home to some of the most
special and successful Croatian wines.
vineyards of Western Istria - Brtonigla are located on four types of
soil (from which the most important project is the Cattunar wine,
Four soils), among which the most famous are terrarossa (the red
soil) and the black, gray and white soil.
it comes to weather conditions, the hilly terrain, the vicinity of
the sea, various streams of air between the Mirna river valley, the
sea and the Brtonigla hills affect the formation of a series of
special micro-climates that allow winegrowers to achieve optimal
grape maturation, less treatment in vineyards and relatively good
results even in problematic years.
is important to mention that Malvasia, which has been growing here
for centuries, has went through a tough harvest in 2014 and responded
much better than international varieties, which prooves that the
local variety grows best on its soil and in microclimates to which it
has long been used to.
third element of terroir, which is often disputed, but in which we
firmly believe, is the man. We believe that working and cultural
traditions as well as the habits of the population at a certain
vineyard location strongly influence the approach to viticulture and
wine production, and consequently to the formation of recognizable
characteristics of wine from a certain terroir.
to its three individual elements (soil, microclimate and cultures),
Terroir of the Western Istria successfully produces a very special,
easily identifiable product year after year aswell as the wines which
we consider extremely valuable. Indeed, Istrian Malvasia and Teran
are our gifts to Europe and the world.