After buying land for vineyards, there followed the choice of assortment, the ordering of vine grafts, preparing the soil for planting, and finally planting the first 60,000 vines in 2004, and then the next 60,000 grapevines a year later. That means, in all 120,000 vines were planted.
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It was a modern plantation, and for which the knowledge and experience of winegrowers from most developed countries were used. As there was a great curiosity as to which grape produces the best results in wine production in Baranja, as many as 10 varieties of grapes were planted, of which 7 white and 3 red varieties.
Vineyard plantation - first part
Preparing the soil for planting, and finally planting the first 60,000 vines
Vineyard plantation - second part
Planting the next 60,000 grapevines in the 2005th year.
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In all 18 hectares of vineyards were planted, with the rest of the land being prepared for the planting new vineyards as soon as market demand appears. Otherwise, up until then, the red varieties were unjustifiably neglected in Baranja.
Today, it has been shown that the red varieties that provide excellent results in wine. There is a responsible and friendly relationship towards the soil, the environment, vines, grapes and finally the wine, which in the end can be felt in the glass. Protecting vines against disease is solely ecological, for which we have the certificate. The vineyards are planted relatively densely with about 7,000 vines per hectare, in order to burden each individual vine less. The result is high quality grapes with a large share of the total extract of wine, perfect for producing excellent wines and wines that have a long life.
Another consequence of a small vine load is a much longer lifetime for the vineyards and greater resistance to vine diseases. From our current vineyards, we produce about 200,000 kg of grapes per year.
The grape harvest is done solely by hand, the traditional way.
The way we make it
The winery is being continuously developed from the first harvest, which we had on this vineyard new plantation in 2007 until today. In the production of wine, we started with a relatively small cellar of 66m2 in all, but today we are currently in a modern winery area of almost 1,000m2 and twice the capacity of the currently processed amounts.
This new winery was completed and put into operation by harvest 2016. We are currently producing about 200,000 bottles (0.75 litres) of wine each year. The production of wine uses traditional wooden, oak barrels providing 225 and 500 litres and modern stainless steel tanks for obtaining fresh, soft wine. The location for the new winery building has been carefully selected in order for the time of delivering the grapes from vineyards to processing to be as short as possible.
Interesting enough, in the past in this area wine production facilities were built exclusively buried in the ground, like tunnels and sometimes were not even built from brick or stone, but the walls were only made of earth, which here is strong enough and does not collapse.
Usually they are 5 or more meters below the ground, and have a length of 20 to 50 meters. In these cellars with no air conditioning in summer and winter, the temperature is constant and ranges between 13 and 15 °C, which is ideal for processing and storing wine. Humidity is also ideal for keeping the wine in wooden barrels, as well as for freshening wine in glass bottles sealed with a cork stopper.
Before in Batina, almost every house had this kind of higher or lower basement. They are called “gatori”, and were located mostly in the “surduci”, resulting from water runoff from the hills during heavy rains. As the soil is sandy, without stone, on its way to the Danube the water has carved deep ruts that are now streets where there “enclosures” or cellars are located.
Baranja has proven to be a Croatian continental wine district offering the greatest potential for premium wine production. What I want to say is that not used all the advantages and opportunities that this region offers have been utilised. It will become a very nice job and a challenge in the coming years.
There is hardly a continental grape variety that does not give great results in Baranja. The most common white variety is the Welsh Riesling, in Croatian “graševina”. It has recently even received recognition as an autochthonic variety by world wine authorities. This variety has shown to be a uniform yield, with relatively good resistance against disease and weather conditions, providing a very wide range of wines, from light, fresh, summer with floral scents to the sweet, very aromatic wines from the ice wine harvests.
Since we produce 10 types of grapes, of which each produce a varietal wine, and we also work on blends of white and red grape varieties. The blends are sold on the market under the name of Batina, adjacent to which are the vineyards. It is in these blends, the white and black Batina sorts that best exemplify all the splendour and potential of Baranja as a wine-growing region. There are the rich wines, the sumptuous and multi-layered, which are true representatives of Baranja given that they contain almost everything that Baranja can give to a wine.
We have been received numerous premium awards for our wines in our country and in the world, with the most awarded wines being the Traminer varieties, followed by Chardonnay, which is has been domiciled very well in Baranja as well as the Cabernet Sauvignon of the red sorts. The latter provides a wine with an incredibly great aging potential, and year in year out, the ripening provides an ever-increasing range of fragrances and flavourings. It matures for at least three years before being released onto the market. Its cousin, the Sauvignon Blanc, each year in a pleasant way surprises with its other aromatic trait.
Our wines, in addition to domestic sales, are currently exported to Belgium, Germany and Poland. The good price to quality ration results in our continuous growth in sales year after year.