Boston, Massachusetts/ Zagreb, Croatia: The Croatian-American duo — Dijana Grgić, founder of the Croatian Vinum.In magazine, Zagreb, and Mirena Bagur, founder of Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc, a Boston-based online store shipping 101 Croatian wines to most US states, organized an educational webinar about this Croatian indigenous variety to celebrate International Plavac Mali Day on September 21st.
Samples of Plavac Mali were shipped to select journalist in advance and over 50 of them from US, Canada and Europe learned about Plavac Mali origin, production and key characteristics.
To open the gathering, Leila Krešić-Jurić, director/North America of the Croatian National Tourist Board welcomed all to virtual Croatia explaining strong connection between the Croatian tourism and gourmet and wine offerings.
Darko Cenbauer, head of the sector for Viticulture at the Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food explained current trends in the Croatian wine industry, including its focus on indigenous varieties, while expanding the breath of wine styles to sparkling, skin contact and modern style wine.
Joining from Split, Leo Gracin, Doc. Dr. Sc. of Oenology, president of Vino Dalmacije Association and assistant professor at the University of Split, Studies of Mediterranean Agriculture, and Ana Mucalo, Doc. Dr.Sc. of Viticulture, at Institute for Adriatic Crops and Karst Reclamation, gave a scientific overview of Plavac Mali including the overview of the notable appellations in Dalmatia.
“Plavac Mali is the most important variety in Dalmatia, as well as the main variety in two PDOs, including Dingač, the first Croatian PDO and the recently protected Ponikve,” said Leo Gracin, Doc. Dr. Sc. of Oenology, president of Vino Dalmacije, wine association of Dalmatian region, and assistant professor at the University of Split, Studies of Mediterranean Agriculture. “Plavac Mali achieves a distinctive quality on the steep, southern slopes of the islands and coast of Dalmatia.
The wines from Plavac mali are full-bodied, strong with ripe tannins and pronounced aromas of dark-berry fruit. In addition, by maturing in wooden barrels, this varietal acquires an additional structure and, with its delicate oak aromas, achieves its full potential that only the world’s best wines from warm areas can be proud of.”
The Winemakers’ Perspective
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