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Hvar's organic Ivan Dolac wins gold at Mundus Vini Biofach 2012

Posted Feb 21, 2012 by Paul Bradbury
More good news for the Croatian wines from the island of Hvar, as the Svirce Cooperative's Ivan Dolac wines are awarded two golds at the 2012 Mundus Vini Biofach in Germany.
The sloping vineyards on the southern hills of Hvar are home to some of the best Plavac Mali grapes ...
The sloping vineyards on the southern hills of Hvar are home to some of the best Plavac Mali grapes, one of Croatia's most important indigenous red varieties.
Ilya Shchukin
International recognition of the emerging quality of Croatia's wines continued with the Svirce Cooperative from the island of Hvar in among the medals at the 2012 Mundus Vini Biofach in Germany, which was held from February 15 - 18, 2012 in Nuremberg , with a gold medal each for its Ivan Dolac 2007 and Ivan Dolac Barrique 2007.
The Mundus Vini Biofach is Germany's largest competition for organic wines, and Rhineland Palatinate Viticulture Minister Ulrike Höfken was on hand to distribute the awards to the winning wineries at the exhibition. In all, 219 wines received a medal: 8 special gold, 101 gold and 110 silver. Spain was the most successful organic country in terms of medals, winning fifty in all. The eight special gold medals were awarded to:
2009 Kalleske Eduard Old Vine Shiraz Barossa Valley Kalleske Wines, Australia
2009 Johann Georg Old Vine Single Vineyard Shiraz South Australia Kalleske Wines, Australia
2009 Coyam Valle de Cachapoal Viñedos Emiliana SA, Chile
2009 La Baronne Alaric AOP Corbières Château la Baronne, France
2010 Les Ruches Mas de Quernes AOP Languedoc Peter Riegel Weinimport GmbH/Gens et Pierres SAS, France
2007 Caiarossa IGT Toscana Caiarossa srl. società agricola unipersonale, Italy
2007 Malvasia de Chianti/Trebbiano Toscana DOC Vin Santo del Chianti Fattoria la Vialla di Gianni, Antonio e Bandino Lo Franco, Italy
2007 L’Angelet Crianza DO Utiel-Requena Bodegas Palmera Heiner Sauer & Co. Weinvertriebs KG, Spain
The inclusion of Hvar wines in the list is the latest recognition of Croatian wines on the world stage. With more than 130 indigenous varieties, many Croatian wines are relatively unknown outside the region, but the word is spreading, and Croatian wines scooped 65 recommendations at the annual Decanter Magazine awards last year.
Hvar s Ivan Dolac wines were among the medals at Mundus Vini Biofach
Hvar's Ivan Dolac wines were among the medals at Mundus Vini Biofach
Mundus Vini Biofach
At the heart of the Croatian success is the local grape called Plavac Mali, a relative of the better known Zinfandel, and one which is attracting many plaudits. Plavac flourishes under very specific conditions, some of the best of which can be found on the steep southern slopes of the island of Hvar, and the vineyards around the villages of Zavala, Ivan Dolac and Sveta Nedjelja produce some of the best wines in the region, including Croatia's only Grand Cru, from Zlatan Otok winery.
With the continued interest in Croatian wines and imminent EU entry, there is a renewed emphasis on quality, and as Digital Journal reported recently, a project to produce the very highest quality wines has started in a small vineyard above Ivan Dolac. With a wine tradition dating back 2,400 years and the sunniest vineyards in the Adriatic, one thing is certain - the recent awards will not be the last international recognition for the island's wines.