Photo: Nenad Štancl, Private archiv : Frano Miloš
CROATIAN WINES WERE ALSO SERVED AT THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT BIDEN
On the rocky hills expanding over Pelješac from Orebić to Ston, on the unproductive land on which not much can grow, vine thrives thanks to the sun, the specific characteristics of the soil and the location. The grapes from which some of the best Croatian wines are made grow here.
It is mid-April; Boris Mrgudić, director of Bura Mrgudić Winery, one of the most important wineries on Pelješac, is climbing the steep slope of the Dingač location. The vine buds have just started to break, and there is a rock partridge hopping around the vines. Here on the Dingač location, there are vines of the Plavac Mali grapes, from which dry premium quality red wine is made, protected by the 1961 Geneva Convention.
Bura Mrgudić Winery is especially well-known for its Bura Dingač and Mara Postup. The Bura Mrgudić family knows its family history and its ancestors twelve generations into the past; many of their forebears were winemakers and seafarers, as has been the tradition in this area since ancient times. Batches of wine coming from here are very limited; the areas where vine is grown are relatively small, scattered on a lot of plots, and the yields per vine are not large. The winemaking philosophy of the family is that a vineyard is 90% of a wine. The Bura Mrgudić family puts in a lot of effort into tending these plots and vines in order to bring out as much of the wine’s terroir as possible.
Last winter, guests at the inauguration of the new US president raised a glass of Croatian wines from the Pelješac peninsula: among others, Dingač and Zinfandel from the Benmosche vineyard were also served there. These are wines that are made in Croatia by the Bura Mrgudić family in cooperation with the Benmosche family.