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Snooth User: Ante B

Croatian vine

Posted by Ante B, Feb 18, 2010.

I trying to find some Croatian vines in Melbourne but I can’t. I also try to find Australian vineries whose make Croatian style of vine from plavac grapes (zinfandel) Plavac or Dingač style. Can you help me? Thanks Ante
I tried some vines from island Pelješac and there are just awesome.


Reply by amour, Feb 18, 2010.

Zlatan Plenkovic (bio-organic producer, as well) offers great red wine available on-line.
The island of Hvar appellation is fantastic.

Bura Dingac is also good.

There is also good dry white wine from Croatia.
Some producers are planning to introduce them
in China, where there is great demand for white.
I read of TOLJANIC and also ZELENIKA and
their efforts to export to Gulin, a city in China.
Zelenika has estates in Ilok(eastern Croatia)
and on Krk Island.

Reply by Ante B, Feb 18, 2010.

But where I can buy it?

Reply by amour, Feb 18, 2010.

Depending on where you are located....
Blue Danube ships within the USA....check their site.
If I remember well, the owners are born in Croatia.

Reply by zufrieden, Feb 18, 2010.

I find it difficult to believe that Plavac Mali (or similar such wines) cannot be found in Melbourne. There is a large South Slav enclave there, so some import wine shops should have a few of the suggested bottles on hand. Try searching for wine shops in Melbourne, then do a search of their inventories.

You may not find a wide variety, but I would bet money that you will find something drinkable from the old country - though it is unlikely that any commercial wine is being made in Australia from this grape (but I suppose anything is possible). Generally, I find that people hailing from good old Hrvatska sometimes have the vine in their back gardens and may be in a position to offer you some home-made hooch...

Reply by Ante B, Feb 19, 2010.

I’ll try; I just can’t believe the Croatian community doesn’t have a web site or some other information. Thank you.

Reply by zufrieden, Feb 19, 2010.

That is surprising - about the lack of a web site, I mean. Croatians are very tied to family and home in my experience. Anyway, best of luck. There are some nice reds from Croatia and my Croatian acquaintances are very generous in pouring them!

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