The Croatian winemaker who is considered a key driver in moving New Zealand's wine industry away from hybrid grapes to classic varieties in pursuit of higher-quality wines: Nikola Nobilo
Continuing our series of interviews with Croatian winemakers called "2 in 8 interviews": Ivo Brzica, owner of the Brzica Winery from Erdut.
All of the interviews in the series are going to be similar, with 8 same questions and 2 questions tailored specifically for each winemaker (those two will be easy to spot, as they will be coloured differently).
Full of impressions the WOW girls agreed this was one of the nicer outings where they met hard-working winemakers and their families
A rare story of a piece of land that has had the same owners since 1066, vineyards at an elevation of 8 meters above sea level, Plavac Mali, Tribidrag and Pošip in Northern Dalmatia.
"The first seedlings were made by professor Kozina and me in Zagreb, there were 35 vines we chose as first grade. I sent them to my father in Pridvorje and he planted them. Then we waited for two and a half years so we can reproduce them. Those grafts are the origin of 95% of vines in Konavle!"
“It was a purely hobbyist story, even our decision to cultivate Pošip was based on arguments we made in our almost teenage stories."
"It would be pointless for this vineyard to be chemically polluted, especially since not a drop of chemicals was ever dropped here."
Branko recalls the grapes from the vineyards were taken to the winery in Opuzen with boats, as well as how he taught himself to drive the small Neretva boat before even learning to swim