After winning numerous awards at this years Vinistra (Croatian wine festival) Bastiàn could relatively quickly become a big star of the Istrian wine industry.Istria has long been recognized as a region of superior enogastronomy. Its western part has become the scene of some of the most exciting wine stories in recent years. Right here, on the slopes at the foot of Buje, are, according to many, the best locations for growing vines.
In honor of one of the patrons of Buje, St. Sebastian, which the locals call San Bastián, this area has recently been richer for a new name on the enogastronomic scene.
Bastiàn owns about thirty hectares of vineyards in prime locations in western Istria and will soon start building a winery and tasting room on the hill next to the Morgan restaurant in Bracania.
Malvasia grows on seventy percent of Bastiàn’s vineyards, some of which have just been planted; the assortment also includes chardonnay, sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon.
It is particularly important to mention that Bastiàn’s vineyards are organically grown. For example, canola, oats, nigella, broad beans and other crops are planted between the rows of vineyards, which eliminate weeds and regulate soil nutrition, so there is no need to use herbicides or similar interventions.
Photo credit: istra.hr, Bastian