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Wine roads in Northwest Istria

Istria’s wine roads lead to the very heart of the Istrian way of life, which has cultivated a special link with wines and vines since time immemorial. In many ways, the contemporary story of Istria and wine originated in the peninsula’s northwestern region, where new ideas began to emerge some 15 years ago. Those ideas helped to reinforce Istrian winemaking during its great revival brought on by the introduction of new technologies to archaic production in the early 1990s.

Prominent Croatian Winemaking Region

The special status of the entire Umag-Novigrad region in this endeavour comes as no surprise, as the region has always seemed foreordained for great achievements in wine growing. Sun-kissed hills and a unique blend of red and grey soils have always favoured the growth of grapevines, so much so that over the centuries a new variety of grapevine, the Muškat Momjanski (Momjan Muscat), was developed in the small town of Momjan near Buje.

Some of Croatia’s leading wine producers - Kozlović and Degrassi, Coronica and Kabola, Ravalico and Cattunar, Clai, Veralda, CUI,  and many others – can be found in this rather small region today.

Winemakers of northwestern Istria

WINEMAKERS ADRESS

CONTACT

Bassanese Andrea Kaštel 125, Buje +385 98 164 7665
Brajko Anđelo Oskoruš 48, Buje +385 52 779 077
Capo Vina Fernetići 60, Brtonigla +385 52 774 401
Cattunar Nova Vas 22, Brtonigla +385 52 774 132
Cecco Antonio Nova Vas 22, Brtonigla +385 52 774 132
Clai Bijele Zemlje Brajki 104 , Buje +385 52 776 175
Coronica Moreno Koreniki 86, Umag +385 52 730 357
Cuj-Kraljević Farnežine 5, Umag +385 98 219 277
Davor i Boris Škrlj Kaštel 24, Novigrad +385 52 735 269
Degrassi Moreno Podrumarska 3, Umag +385 52 759 250
Fiore vina Sarbarica 00, Umag +385 95 501 1555
Gambaletto Brajki 103, Buje +385 52 776 293
Irineo Celega Garibaldi 43, Buje +385 91 511 5157
Vinoteka/Wine bar Mandrač Mandrač 18, Novigrad +385 99 815 1266
Kabola Kremenje 96 b, Buje +385 52 779 047
Kozlović Valle 78, Buje +385 52 779 177
Leonardo Palčić Dajla 144, Dajla +385 52 735 354
Mihelić - Ghira Winery Strada Kontesa, Novigrad +385 98 191 0651
Moreno Ivančić Domovinskih žrtava 20 +385 98 976 8005
Novacco Fernetići 70, Brtonigla +385 91 177 4321
Prelac Armando & Rino Donja ulica 48 a, Buje +385 52 779 003
Ravalico Nova Vas 101, Brtonigla +385 52 774 152
Reale Srednja ulica 16, Brtonigla +385 52 774 263
Sinković San Mauro 107, Buje +385 52 779 033
Stancija Fava Salvela 54, Dajla +385 99 464 0088
Veralda Kršin 4, Brtonigla +385 52 774 111
Vina Demark Paolija 15D, Bužinija +385 91 188 33 99
Vina Franković Trg J.B. Tita 6, Buje +385 52 772 898
Vina P&P Sv. Servul 7c, Novigrad +385 52 758 416
Visintin Nerino Druškovićeva 8, Brtonigla +385 52 774 417

All you need to do is choose a wine cellar or two (why not several?) on the wine road, check their working hours, and you’re ready to set off. Specialised guidebooks and maps are available at tourist info points. Your hosts at the wine cellars and vineyards will eagerly take you through all the phases of wine growing and production.

Tasting of domestic and international wines

Be sure to taste wines made from the domestic varieties Muškat Momjanski, Malvazija Istarska (Malvasia Istriana) and Teran. If you’re looking for international varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay, the region’s modern wine cellars will not disappoint you.   After wine tasting and a pleasant chat with your hosts, you will find it difficult to resist buying a bottle or two of wine, especially at the favourable prices the cellars charge. Nevertheless, don’t let the modern technologies and tasting rooms fool you: these vintners have a rich history and take great pride in the tradition from which they stem. Many are the descendants of farm working families that toiled for generations in vineyards and wine cellars.

Major wine events are an ideal time to tour the wine roads of northwestern Istria:

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