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article imageHvar wines shine in Croatia section as Mondo 63 published

By Paul Bradbury     Apr 21, 2013 in Travel
Hvar - More international recognition for the quality wines of the Croatian island of Hvar, as Mondo 63 goes to press in Germany.
Famed for its lavender, sun, nightlife and celebrity draw, the island of Hvar has another important tourist attraction coming to the fore, as the publication of German wine guide Mondo 63 on April 20, 2013 further cemented the growing reputation of the island's wines.
Mondo 63 is the latest German-language wine guide from Mondo Heidelberg, which has been producing quality wine guides for the German public since 1997.
Croatian wine is attracting increasing international attention, and Mondo 63 featured twenty Croatian producers, including four from the island of Hvar. These included the Svirce Cooperative, winner of organic gold at Bio Fach in Germany in 2012, the country's leading 'garage' producer, Ivo Dubokovic, Caric from the Hvar wine village of Svirce, and the island's best-known producer, Zlatan Otok. Also included in the selection were several members of Grand Cro, an association of nine of the best wine makers in the country, who last week concluded their inaugural promotional tour, as reported by Digital Journal.
In an email interview with Digital Journal, Mondo director Gerhard Eichelmann explained more:
"since a couple of years I taste from time to time Croatian wines (sometimes at ProWein, but I was in Zagreb last November, and two years ago on a trip to Slavonia, will come next November for a trip to Dalmatia) - and I'm very impressed by the quality of the top wines, which I think are very individual, not focusing on international varieties, but on authochton, local varieties. This is the potential Croatia has to build on.
The ratings you can see from the article.
I have to emphasize, that ratings of 90/90+ points are really outstanding (also compared with other articles in that issue of Mondo, like on Piemont, Tuscany....), we don't use inflationary ratings like other publications do."
The sloping southern vineyards of southen Hvar are some of the best in Croatia.
The sloping southern vineyards of southen Hvar are some of the best in Croatia.
Zlatan Otok
The inclusion is the latest piece of good news for the Hvar wine industry which is undergoing a quiet revolution under the leadership of Hvar Wine Association president, Ivana Krstulovic Caric. The association today launched Hvar Wine Time Traveller, a new initiative to make the island's 2,400-year wine history more accessible to tourists, and the association will also host a major wine press trip on May 5, as journalists from the increasingly important Dalmacija Wine Expo fair in Makarska will head for the lavender island for a tour of Hvar's wine story the day after the fair.
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