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article imageCelebrating a Croatian gift from God: Bogdanusa Night on Hvar

By Paul Bradbury     Jun 25, 2013 in Travel
Hvar - While the party in Hvar Town included Solange and James Blake at For 2013, a celebration of a very different kind was taking place in the village of Svirce.
The tourist season on Croatia's premier island of Hvar is in full swing, and Digital Journal has been visiting various events on Hvar, including Bogdanusa Night in the village of Svirce on June 22, 2013.
Svirce, the village of wine in the heart of Hvar, is a small inland village and a core part of the Hvar Wine Association's new concept to develop wine tourism based on the island's considerable heritage - Hvar Wine Time Traveller.
Hvar Wine Association president Ivana Krstlovic Caric has been a driving force behind the early prom...
Hvar Wine Association president Ivana Krstlovic Caric has been a driving force behind the early promotion of Croatian wine in Italy.
Dusan Jelic
Literally translated as a 'gift from God', Bogdanusa is a grape variety indigenous to—and only grown on—Hvar, whose 2400-year wine tradition is attracting increasing international attention. It is an early-drinking summer white wine, and although only produced on Hvar, it is starting to be noticed by the global wine community. The latest Bogdanusa award went to Ivo Caric from Svirce, who won a silver medal with his Bogdanusa at the Balkans Internation Wine Challenge 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The winemakers of Hvar - Ivo Caric  left  and Sebastijan Tomic from Bastijana
The winemakers of Hvar - Ivo Caric, left, and Sebastijan Tomic from Bastijana
Dusan Jelic
Bogdanusa Night was organised by Hvar Wine Association President, Ivana Krstulovic Caric, and the evening included some fascinating glimpses into Dalmatia traditions. The evening opened with a game of zoga falo, a local game which is all but extinct and only now played in three villages in Dalmatia, including Svirce (see video of last year's event to learn more).
There was traditional klapa music and an exhibition of the famous people of the village, and as the wine flowed, the considerable number of tourists were offered a snapshot of traditional Dalmatian celebrations well away from the party tourism in Hvar Town.
Bogdanusa Night was a family affair  with four generations of locals mixing with the many tourists
Bogdanusa Night was a family affair, with four generations of locals mixing with the many tourists
Dusan Jelic
One of the strengths of the sunniest island in the Adriatic is its sheer diversity of tourist attractions—famed for its sun, beaches, lavender and celebrity draw, it is also become established as a wine and gastronomic destination, and festivals such as the one in Svirce are a rare window for tourists into the treasures of the past.
A Digital Journalist waits for the wine
A Digital Journalist waits for the wine
Dusan Jelic
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