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article imageDalmatian hedonist Andro Tomic puts on Vela Gospa show on Hvar

By Paul Bradbury     Aug 17, 2014 in Food
Jelsa - Andro Tomic, arguably Croatia's most charismatic winemaker, serves up a holiday treat for Vela Gospa on the island of Hvar.
Renowned Hvar winemaker Andro Tomic hosted a spectacular lunch for a variety of leading Croatian academic and cultural figures in his Romanesque cellars in Jelsa on August 15, 2014, as he celebrated Vela Gospa (the Feast of the Assumption) with the presentation of new additions to his already impressive range, an event attended by Digital Journal.
The Tomic winery in Jelsa  temporary home to the first Master of Wine making her own vintage in Croa...
The Tomic winery in Jelsa, temporary home to the first Master of Wine making her own vintage in Croatia.
Tomic is rightly regarded as a Dalmatian hedonist, and his indefatigable energy despite his 67 years has seen him participate in many high-profile antics in recent years promoting his wine, from a Playboy Croatia shoot to the voyage from Faros to Paros, when several islanders retraced the steps of the Ancient Greeks from the island of Paros, who colonised Hvar in 384 BC.
Andro Tomic introduces his new additions to the Tomic range - sage and cherry Euforija
Andro Tomic introduces his new additions to the Tomic range - sage and cherry Euforija
Vela Gospa is a public holiday in Dalmatia and a feast which is especially celebrated in Jelsa, where the Virgin Mary is the town's protector. It is an occasion where its residents open their doors and host visitors for lunch or dinner, and Tomic traditionally marks the occasion with a gathering of friends from various parts of Croatia.
Among the guests were leading academics Pavao Rudan, Velimir Neidhart, Tonko Maroevic and Jaksa Barbic, lawyer Marijan Hanzekovic, conductor Niksa Bareza, presenter and director Drazen Siriscevic, and leading gastronomic expert Veljko Barbieri.
Also invited for lunch were the entire Tomic staff with their families, a sign of appreciation from the winery's management of their hard work throughout the year.
Andro Tomic  a firm defender of Dalmatian traditions and heritage  introduces Digital Journal to the...
Andro Tomic, a firm defender of Dalmatian traditions and heritage, introduces Digital Journal to the culturally protected dish of soparnik
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It has been another exceptional 12 months for Tomic, whose brand of quality wines are known throughout Croatia and increasingly abroad, while his impressive Roman cellars are leading the way in Hvar's emerging wine tourism industry.
The Tomic prošek  Hektorovich  generally asknowledged as the finest in Croatia.
The Tomic prošek, Hektorovich, generally asknowledged as the finest in Croatia.
Andro Tomic
As Croatia entered the EU in July 2013, the Prosek v Prosecco debate became a symbol of the changes that could be imposed on the union's 28th member, and Tomic, with his chiselled imperial features, was to be seen on BBC television and a host of international media defending his beloved Prosek, a mission that culminated in him addressing the European Parliament in French on the differences between the two — one a Dalmatian sweet wine with centuries of tradition, the other a sparkling wine introduced 60 years ago. Sales of Prosek doubled.
The new organic Plavac Mali vineyards of Andro Tomic on Hvar  voted the best in Central Dalmatia for...
The new organic Plavac Mali vineyards of Andro Tomic on Hvar, voted the best in Central Dalmatia for 2013.
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A man passionate about the heritage and traditions of his beloved island, Tomic is also planning for the future, and the planting of the first organic Plavac Mali vineyard on the northern coast of Hvar resulted in it being named the best vineyard in Central Dalmatia.
Leading Hvar winemaker Andro Tomic at the European Parliament in Brussels explaining the differences...
Leading Hvar winemaker Andro Tomic at the European Parliament in Brussels explaining the differences between Prosek and Prosecco.
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It was announced earlier last week that Master of Wine Jo Ahearne, one of only 314 Masters of Wine in the world, would be teaming up with Tomic at his Jelsa winery later this year to produce her own wine at the Tomic winery. Ahearne, who has experience of making wines for some of Australia's leading names, and has decided to start producing wine on Hvar, after a successful visit to the island last month. The potential for promoting Hvar wines and increasing their quality with the Tomic-Ahearne partnership is enticing indeed.
Master of Wine Jo Ahearne meets Hvar winemaker Andro Tomic in his Bastijana winery in Jelsa.
Master of Wine Jo Ahearne meets Hvar winemaker Andro Tomic in his Bastijana winery in Jelsa.
On display at yesterday's lunch were three new additions to the Tomic range. As plates of succulent lamb were brought in, there was the accompanying popping of corks of magnums of Veliki Plavac Mali, a premium addition of Dalmatia's red wine variety, which is also related to Zinfandel. Available only in magnum bottles and presentation boxes, the meaty red with its 15.9 percent alcohol, was extremely well received, and it is already selling well as a premium Hvar souvenir for 100 euro a boxed bottle.
The limited edition Veliki Plavac Mali  flanked by the sage and cherry Euforija are three quality ad...
The limited edition Veliki Plavac Mali, flanked by the sage and cherry Euforija are three quality additions to the already impressive Tomic range
Also unveiled were two new beverages, made from sage and cherry, which Tomic has developed in cooperation with Tomic employee and chemist Silvana Duzevic. The new brand is called Euforija, a clever play on words, which translates as The European Union, the island of Hvar, and Me, a fitting snapshot of Andro Tomic in many ways. This Digital Journalist can attest to the quality of the sage rakija as a perfect way to finish a meal, after Tomic poured a liberal measure over the ice cream.
These are good times for the winemakers of Hvar, an island with a 2,400-year wine tradition, a tradition which was decimated by phylloxera in the 19th century, when some 5,700 hectares of vines were under cultivation on Croatia's premier island compares with just 280 today. What the modern island winemakers lack in quantity, there are more than making up for in quality, with Hvar wine exports now reaching distant markets such as California, China and Singapore.
Part of Hvar's success lies in its interesting indigenous grape varieties, such as Bogdanusa, a white variety which translates as 'a gift from God' and is only grown on Hvar, but also in the personality and quirkiness of the winemakers themselves. And none has more personality that the ultimate Dalmatian hedonist Andro Tomic, whose regal profile adorns his wine labels in more than 500 restaurants all over Croatia.
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