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article imageWines in Croatia: Tomic plants 1st organic Plavac Mali on N. Hvar Special

By Paul Bradbury     Apr 6, 2013 in Travel
Hvar - With EU entry just months away, the Hvar wine story continues, as Andro Tomic plants the first organic Plavac Mali on northern Hvar.
Last week he was in the national press due to the prosek scandal in Croatia, but the focus of the Andro Tomic winery on Hvar on April 6, 2013 was very firmly focused on the core business of producing quality wine, as Digital Journal discovered on a visit to his latest vineyard at Pribinje, a small bay north of Hvar Town.
Tomic, one of Croatia's most charismatic and innovative vintners, has been busily planting around the island, as he aims to increase his annual production of some 150,000 bottles. Educated in France, he mixes the planting of traditional island grapes with some better known international varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Muscat, resulting in some excellent wines and rare blends.
Some 14 000 Plavac Mali vines are being planted on the first organic Plavac vineyard on northern Hva...
Some 14,000 Plavac Mali vines are being planted on the first organic Plavac vineyard on northern Hvar
Today's planting was all about Plavac Mali, the Croatian grape variety which is taking the wine world by storm, and is being exported from California to China (including exports of Tomic Plavac Mali to Canada). A relative of Zinfandel, the meaty reds it produces grow best on the steep terraces of southern Hvar and on the Peljesac Peninsula, and the resulting wines have been winning international gold medals in recent months.
Workers had plenty of pruning to do prior to planting
Workers had plenty of pruning to do prior to planting
The new Tomic vineyard is north-facing and is the first to be producing organic Plavac Mali on the north of the island. With its picturesque setting, the workers toiled away with the planting of some 14,000 new Plavac Mali vines, once they had been prepared for the ground.
In addition to the growing of grapes, there are plans to build a tasting and hospitality facility to encourage wine tourism on the island. It is the latest sign that the winemakers of Hvar are getting organised about wine tourism, and there are plans in progress to develop an official wine road for the island which has been producing wine for the 2,400 years since the arrival of the Ancient Greeks in 384 BC. At the heart of the wine story is the powerful Plavac Mali grape, and Digital Journal recently visited the oldest certified Plavac Mali vineyard in the world, in the village of Dol (see video below).
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