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Strong Hvar presence as Dalmacija Wine Expo opens in Croatia

By Paul Bradbury     May 3, 2013 in Travel
Makarska - As the regionally important Dalmacija Wine Expo opens in Makarska, the winemakers of Hvar seek to build on their recent successes.
With Croatia's growing reputation as a quality wine producer, Dalmacija Wine Expo opened on May 3, 2013, as a further showcase of the country's huge wine potential. The two-day fair is fast becoming one of the region's most important wine events, and is taking place in the Dalmatian coastal resort of Makarska.
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.
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Nowhere is the change in Croatia's wine story moving quicker than on the island of Hvar, which has seen some significant progress in the last twelve months, both in the organisation of its winemakers and global exports, and it is no coincidence that the day after the Makarska fair, a group of 15 wine journalists will be heading to Croatia's premier island as guests of the Hvar Wine Association to visit the vineyards, taste the wines and learn more of the 2,400 year Hvar wine story.
Svirce  the wine village of Hvar  with a fascinating wine history.
Svirce, the wine village of Hvar, with a fascinating wine history.
In an email interview with Digital Journal, Hvar Wine Association President Ivana Krstulović Carić confirmed a strong Hvar presence at Makarska, with five of its members - Vujnović, Plenković, Carić, Pz Svirče, Tomić - presenting at Makarska. Carić also confirmed the launch of a website for the Hvar Wine Association, the latest sign of how seriously the winemakers - whose exports span from California to China - are taking wine promotion.
Traditional konobas  such as Pinjata in Vrboska  are an essential Croatian wine experience.
Traditional konobas, such as Pinjata in Vrboska, are an essential Croatian wine experience.
As reported last month on Digital Journal, these promotional initiatives include the launch of Hvar Wine Time Traveller, a new concept in wine and gastro tourism for the island, allowing visitors to learn more about the island's wines and rich heritage in a wine story dating back to the arrival of the Ancient Greeks in 384 BC, when they founded the oldest town in Croatia, modern-day Stari Grad.
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