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article imageBratanic Konoba on Hvar named as Croatian cultural heritage

By Paul Bradbury     Aug 1, 2014 in Travel
Vrbanj - A superbly preserved traditional Dalmatian wine basement in Vrbanj, Hvar is elevated to the status of Croatian cultural heritage.
With tourists flocking to the famous beaches on the sunniest island in Europe, cultural attention on Croatia's premier island of Hvar turned inland to its largest village of Vrbanj on August 1, 2014, with regional media reporting that one of its best preserved examples of traditional Dalmatian life had been awarded the status of Croatian cultural heritage.
The konoba  or wine basement  is superbly preserved.
The konoba, or wine basement, is superbly preserved.
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The 'konoba' or wine basement of the Bratanic family in Vrbanj is a true throwback in time, where owner Miki Bratanic has painstakingly recreated the look and feel of this most traditional room in Dalmatian culture.
Konobas are traditionally the bottom floor of old Dalmatian stone houses, and were used for a variety of things, including wine production and storage, and as a shelter for animals. The adaptation of some into authentic traditional restaurants has resulted in popular dining experiences for tourists wanting to experience life as it once was.
Miki  Bratanic  left  with Digital Journal in the konoba which has officially become part of Croatia...
Miki, Bratanic, left, with Digital Journal in the konoba which has officially become part of Croatian cultural heritage.
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Bratanic, who is a leading cultural figure in Dalmatia (and is also the author several books, including his most popular, Konoba) has worked tirelessly to preserve a snapshot of the traditional Dalmatian way of life, and visitors to his cellar are treated to a world long since gone by.
Products from the Bratanic range are available for tasting.
Products from the Bratanic range are available for tasting.
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The time of the heritage status is timely indeed, as Vrbanj celebrates the 500th year of its most celebrated son, Matij Ivanic, as the leader of the Great Hvar Rebellion of 1510-1514 is remembered in a special exhibition in the village of Ivanic's birth at the first Hvar Wine Association tasting to be held in the village on August 3.
Bratinic produces a range of excellent wines under the label of Hvar hero Matej Ivanic  who led the ...
Bratinic produces a range of excellent wines under the label of Hvar hero Matej Ivanic, who led the Great Rebellion from 1510-14.
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There is a stronger connection between Bratanic and the old Vrbanj hero, whose name adorns the labels of the Bratanic excellent wines and dessert wine prosek, which visitors to the konoba are invited to taste.
The elevation of Bratanic's konoba is the latest piece of good news for the inland villages of Hvar, which have undergone something of a renaissance in recent years. Neighbouring Dol hosts the biggest festival on the island each year, bizarrely celebrating the edible dormouse, which Velo Grablje's annual lavender festival goes from strength to strength, and Svirce's Bogdanusa wine festival is now firmly established on the tourism calendar. Vrbanj has been steadily increasing its own cultural programme, and the latest new initiative, an international ceramics colony, opens tonight in the village.
Croatia's recognition of Hvar's considerable cultural heritage is mirrored by UNESCO, and Hvar is the only island in the world with four UNESCO heritages.
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