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article imageHvar among medals in Sofia as Jamie Goode discovers Caric

By Paul Bradbury     May 19, 2013 in Travel
Sofia - More success for the wines from Hvar at the 2013 Balkans International Wine Competition, which is being held in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The recent international successes of the winemakers of Hvar continued in Sofia on May 18, 2013 with medals for Vina Caric at the Balkans International Wine Competition (BWIC) in the Bulgarian capital, according to an email interview with the winery's sales director, Ivana Krstulovic Caric.
BWIC is in its second year and is an important meeting point for the wine industry which is growing in confidence and reasserting itself on the world stage with some quality wines and many indigenous grape varieties, and Digital Journal interviewed event organiser Galina Todorova Niforou recently to find out more about the growing momentum of the winemakers in south-eastern Europe.
Dusan Jelic  director of Wines of Balkans  at the Caric Wine stand as BWIC 2013  resplendent in Hvar...
Dusan Jelic, director of Wines of Balkans, at the Caric Wine stand as BWIC 2013, resplendent in Hvar Wine Association t-shirt
The Balkans International Wine Competition
A shining example of the prominence of the region's wines on the international stage is that of the island of Hvar, better known for its sun, lavender and celebrity draw, but increasingly attracting column inches for its wine and 2400-year wine history.
As the prosek v prosecco debate rumbles on, international journalists have been heading to the town of Jelsa on Hvar to meet Andro Tomic, the country's premier producer of the Croatian dessert wine, whose ancient name is under threat with imminent EU entry, due to concerns that the prosek dessert wine might be confused with the Italian sparkling prosecco.
British wine writer Jamie Goode noted the wines of Caric among the surprises at BIWC 2013 in Sofia
British wine writer Jamie Goode noted the wines of Caric among the surprises at BIWC 2013 in Sofia
Jamie Goode
The wines of Vina Caric caught the eye in Sofia, both in terms of medals and acclaim. British wine writer Jamie Goode, noted the Cesarica and Ploski Plovac in his blog Some nice surprises from the Balkan wine festival:
"Finally, Vina Caric from Croatia. Really convincing wines including a white blend called Cesarica, that’s fresh and textured, and the Plovac Ploski 2008, a warm, medium-bodied red wine with amazing savoury complexity alongside sweetly aromatic fruit. It’s really elegant."
However, the Caric wines which caught the judges' eyes were Bogdanusa (silver) and Jubo'v (bronze), the latter which the small family business starting exporting to Chicago last year.
The Caric winery is a prime example of why Croatia is set to become the next wine destination for gastro tourism, a trend which has prompted the Hvar Wine Association to launch its innovative Hvar Wine Time Traveller concept, as previously reported on Digital Journal.
Croatia has 130 indigenous grape varieties in addition to the exciting results being produced from more internationally recognised varieties, and imminent EU entry will make the country's wines and gastro tourism more accessible. Nowhere is this more true than on Hvar, which has several grape varieties grown only on the island, including the award-winning Bogdanusa above, which translates literally as 'a gift from God'.
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