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article imageHvar's PZ Svirce earns organic wine gold in Mundus Vini, Germany

By Paul Bradbury     Oct 3, 2014 in Food
Hvar - The renaissance of Hvar wines in Croatia continues, with more international recognition in the form of organic gold in Germany.
While tourism may be the reason Croatia's premier island of Hvar is best known, its winemakers are also achieving an increasing international audience, with the latest plaudits coming from Germany, in the shape of an organic gold medal for PZ Svirce at Mundus Vini in Germany, according to a post on the winery's official Facebook page on October 2, 2014.
The wine in question, Ivan Dolac Barrique 2008, is no stranger to the important German wine fair, as the 2007 vintage of the same wine also won organic gold at a previous gathering, as previously reported by Digital Journal.
Another international organic gold medal for the Svirce Cooperative on the island of Hvar in Croatia...
Another international organic gold medal for the Svirce Cooperative on the island of Hvar in Croatia.
PZ Svirce
The meaty oak-aged red comes from the Plavac Mali grape (which literally translates as 'little blue') and is Dalmatia's prime red variety, sharing an ancestry with the better-known Zinfandel. PZ Svirce, or the Svirce Cooperative, was the first winery to obtain an organic certificate for Plavac Mali with this wine in Croatia, back in 2003.
The latest recognition of Hvar wines comes at a period in the winemakers' history which is beginning to look very promising indeed, and the quality and potential of Hvar wine received a major endorsement recently, when Master of Wine Jo Ahearne (one of only 314 in the world), decided to move to Europe's sunniest island to make her own Plavac Mali. Ahearne, who has based herself in the wine town of Jelsa, is currently picking grapes and working with celebrated winemaker Andro Tomic, himself a former director of the Svirce Cooperative.
Andro Tomic and Master of Wine Jo Ahearne. Ahearne has moved to Hvar to make her own wine  the first...
Andro Tomic and Master of Wine Jo Ahearne. Ahearne has moved to Hvar to make her own wine, the first high-profile international winemaker in the region to do so.
Bastijana
Since organising themselves into the Hvar Wine Association in 2010, the Hvar winemakers have enjoyed considerable success in promoting their brand and reaching international markets, which today include, China, Russia, Singapore, UK, Italy and America. Their popular organised tastings through the summer season have also been extremely successful in increasing brand awareness with visiting tourists (see video below of one such tasting in Vrboska this summer, including a brief interview with Ahearne).
The Hvar Wine Association international promotion continues later this week, with a presentation of the island's wines in Rome as part of a wider presentation of Croatian wine, an event being supported by the Croatian Embassy in Italy and its cultural attache.
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