When you think of Croatia, the first thing that comes to your mind is its stunning natural beauty. We believe that what is inside is even more important. That’s why we’ll take you to the wonderful wine region of Istria – home to more than 200 wineries on land not bigger than 2,813 km² offering a diverse range of wines from some of the oldest winemaking traditions in Europe.
Istrian wines have been included in the Decanter World Wine Awards since 2018 and have won several awards in that time. Last year, the DWWA for Istrian wines saw an impressive showing, awarding Kozlović’s Santa Lucia Malvazija with Platinum.
Kozlović winery has reached platinum awards through 4 generations of winemakers. Located in Buje, they call the winery a home for wine and people. They also have an elegant wine bar and a living room with a fireplace, which is an ideal place for winter tastings. The terrace above the vineyard, on which summer tastings are held, gives the impression of floating above the valley due to the glass fence. worth a visit.
After Kozlovic, Kabola Winery is the most popular winery in Istria. Located in Buje, Kabola Winery has been producing quality wines since 1927. The particularity of that winery is that they use clay amphorae in the process of making wine. The amphorae themselves come to them from Georgia, where the oldest produced wines in the world come from.
Last but not least, the Pilato family is located in the village of Lašići. The production of wine dates back to 1934, when Ivan Pilato (great-grandfather) planted a small vineyard, which is considered the beginning of this wine story. Visit them in the pleasant ambiance of the tasting room and convey the quality of the Istrian wine-growing region through recognizable flavours and perfectly harmonious aromas that you will always be happy to return to.
Photo source: Kozlović, Kabola, Pilato