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  • Discover Croatian wine in the UK with Wines by Aizia

    We’re sure you’ve enjoyed a glass or two of outstanding Croatian wine while on holiday in the country. Thanks to Wines by Aizia (eye-zee-ah), it’s now possible to enjoy Croatian wine in the UK too!

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    Croatia – A long history of wine

    Although there are many fine wines that are produced in almost every region of the country, what many perhaps don’t know is that Croatia has a long history with wine. The plains of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, for example, are a listed UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the oldest continuously cultivated vinicultural site in the world dating back to the 4th century BC.

    And how’s this for a fascinating bit of Croatian wine trivia? For the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen in 1953, Buckingham Palace ordered 11,000 bottles of Traminac wine from Ilok Old Cellars. This 1947 vintage white wine, specially chosen for its intense perfume, full body and intense flavours of rose, orange blossom and tropical fruits can still be purchased today.

    Croatian wine in the UK with Wines by Aizia

    Wines by Aizia are proud to bring some of Croatia’s outstanding, award winning wines to the UK market. The company works closely with selected wineries and small local producers to offer a premium selection of the best Croatian wines at competitive prices. Their small producers produce award winning wines in limited quantities. The specials that they have are exciting and fresh, sometimes unusual and only available to Wines by Aizia’s members while stocks last.

    Later this year Wines by Aizia will also be offering wine tasting tours to Croatia, visiting a selection of carefully chosen vineyards. Guests will be shown around the vineyard’s cellar and the estate by the winemaker and English speaking guides and enjoy a tasking session of the best local food and wine.

    Mikki Hall, the MD of Wines by Aizia, said:

    “I am excited to be bringing Croatia’s excellent wines to the UK giving consumers the opportunity to discover the great variety and quality available. Our autumn collection showcases producers from Eastern Croatia, Feravino, Vina Papak and Wineries Erdut.”

    Wines by Aizia - Vina Papak
    The Vina Papak Traminac Radosh (left) and the Vina Papak Graševina Radosh (right)

    Vina Papak is a family owned winery run by husband and wife team, Mladen and Snjezana Papak. Malden was director of the famous Old Ilok Cellars and in 2014 took a brave step to pursue his passion and started their own vineyard and wine production, creating the most eco-friendly vineyard in Ilok and perhaps all of Croatia.

    Wines by Aizia are very pleased to announce that in a recent wine tasting by esteemed wine critic Jancis Robinson OBE, their Feravino Dika Grasevina scored 16 out of possible 20 points.

    Mikki’s passion for Croatian wine is as a result of hailing from Croatia herself. Although she moved to the UK when she was 19, she and her husband David (co-owner of Wines by Aizia) have explored the vineyards and wine cellars of Croatia for years. Their aim is to improve the availability of ease of purchase of fine Croatian wine in the UK.

  • Croatia’s undiscovered wines

     

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    Wine is at the heart of everyday life in Croatia, grown in almost every region of the country for centuries. Yet, for most UK consumers, Croatian wine remains undiscovered despite its impressive pedigree. The plains of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, for example, are a listed UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the oldest continuously cultivated vinicultural site in the world dating back to the 4th century BC.

    wine roadsFor the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen in 1953, Buckingham Palace ordered 11,000 bottles of Traminac wine from Ilok Old Cellars. This 1947 vintage white wine, specially chosen for its intense perfume, full body and intense flavours of rose, orange blossom and tropical fruits can still be purchased today.Croatia produces some outstanding, award winning wines, but they are difficult to find in the UK.  Wines by Aizia aims to change this. Wines by Aizia works closely with selected wineries and small local producers to offer a premium selection of the best Croatian wines at competitive prices. Our small produces produce award winning wines in limited quantities. The specials are exciting and fresh, sometimes unusual and only available to members while stocks last.

    In 2016, Wines by Aizia will offer wine tasting tours to Croatia visiting a selection of carefully chosen vineyards. Guests will be shown around the cellar and the estate by the winemaker and English speaking guides and enjoy a tasting session of the best local food and wine.

    At Wines by Aizia we excited to be bringing Croatia’s excellent wines to the UK giving consumers the opportunity to discover the great variety and quality available. To find out more and to purchase Croatian wine visit our website aiziawines.com/store

  • Sweet pleasures

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    Croatian ice wine

    The Ice Harvest is special as it produces superb, sweet desert wines. It is one of the most demanding and risky undertakings for winegrowers; with few able to afford it and conditions not being right every year. For a successful harvest, the weather conditions need to be perfect, reaching -7c. Picking the harvest is labour intensive, done by hand by pickers who have just a few hours to do it before the vine spoils.

    The grapes are left to hang on the vine through the autumn and into winter to dehydrate and freeze. When the ripe frozen fruit are pressed, only a concentrated syrup oozes out to be fermented as much of the water is retained as ice. This increases the sugar content of the wine giving it an extraordinary intensity, a rich sweet texture with tastes of citrus peel, mango, pineapple and baked apple.

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  • Winemakers thanksgiving

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    The Feast of Saint Vincent

    As the hush descends over the Christmas and New Year celebrations, in the midst of the winter when days are cold and nights long the new Croatian wine year is now beginning.

    St. Vincent’s Day falls on 22 January, the mid-point between the onset of dormancy and bud-break in our vine’s growing cycle; when wine makers determine just how good the previous vintage is. The perfect time to reflect, celebrate another successful harvest and contemplate the promise of the new growing year. It is time to brave the harsh, cold winds and prune the vines, getting them ready for new growth in the spring.

     

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