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Dubrovnik FestiWine 22-26 April 2014 – Dubrovnik, Croatia

Evaluation of Pošip, Crljenak, Plavac mali, Dubrovačka Malvasija, Rukatac (Maraština), Grk - Dalmatian varieties

by stasa cafuta trcek (text and photo)

At the end of the April I was invited to participate in the jury of the first Dubrovnik festi Wine festival. Dubrovnik as itself is a magnet for people who love to travel, who love the history and Adriatic Sea. Organizers realized that promotion only the tourist attractions is not enough for modern tourists. They are interested to get to know more about culinary culture and discover the rich wine culture. Dalmatia has lots of autochthonous vine varieties.

On Tuesday 22th and Wednesday 23rd, in the Hotel Lapad, was held a competition / wine evaluation of 6 varieties: Pošip, Crljenak, Plavac mali, Dubrovačka Malvasija, Rukatac (Maraština), Grk. Some samples were great representatives of the varieties. In some wines, wine producers will still have to work. I did like a lot Dubrovačka Malvasija (has nothing in common to Malvazija Istriana). The jury was made up of local and foreign judges, oenologists, writers, journalists, bloggers, promoters of wine and wine culture, and at the head of the jury was Mr. Bojan Kobal, who holds an official license for judging wine competition, and who regularly participates in numerous international competitions, and is employed as an oenologist in Slovenia Ptuj cellar.The winner of the competition Dubrovnik festiWine Trophy of 2014 was Plavac Mali 2011, vineyards KOMARNA, Poljopromet Ltd. The winners of the festival and the award FestiWine Trophy were decided by the fifteen judges : Anna Aga (Greece), Chris Alblas (the Netherlands), Vitomir Andric (Croatia), Boris Bernašek (Croatia), Staša Cafuta Trček (Slovenia), Dusan Jelic (Bih / South Africa / Serbia), Lars Torstenson (Sweden / France), Dominique Vrigneau (France / UK), Zeljko Suhadolnik (Croatia), Tomaz Sršen (Slovenia), Quentin Sadler (United Kingdom ), Alexander Noršić (Croatia), Angela Muir (the United Kingdom) Bojan Kobal (Slovenia) and Darrel Joseph (the United Kingdom).


    • Pošip 2012, Korta Katarina, Pelješac, Croatia

    • Malvasija Dubrovačka 2013, Karaman, Konavle, Croatia

    • Dingač Barrique 2009, Dingač Trade, Pelješac, Croatia

    • Zinfandel (Crljenak) 2011, Splendid vina, Pelješac, Croatia

Festival took place between 25. – 26. April. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, cause I went directly from Dubrovnik to Pecs (Hungary) to Portugieser Du Monde, also as a judge. Here are some statistics from the organizers: 60 winemakers from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and 15 from Montenagro participated, with a total of nearly 200 labels. Regarding the competition, a total of 40 winemakers gave their wines to the competation, so that the total number of wines in the evaluation was 80. Per vineyards it looked like : Pelješac 43 wines, Konavle 28 wines, Korčula 4 wines, Komarna 3 wines and Neretva 2 wines. Of these, 26 were white wines, 4 were pink wines and 50 were red wines. According to the announcing, the winner of the contest were chosen in 24 categories, but due to the lack of wines in certain categories, only the winners of the following 12 categories received a diploma : the winner, gold, silver, bronze, best rated red winner, best rated Malvasija Dubrovacka, best rated Rukatac / Marastina, best rated wine from vineyards of Peljesac and best rated from vineyards of Konavle.