Hvar Wine Association: A VERY Busy and International Update

By paul 18 Apr 2015, 08:44 AM What's On This Month?

What's happening with the Hvar Wine Association? 

Apologies for the lack of blogging in recent days. I was on a press trip to Tokyo, with not a lot of online time. And it seems quite a lot has been happening while I have been away, especially on the Hvar wine scene...

As followers of the blog will know, Hvar wine is an area in which we have a special interest, and it has been heartening to see the fantastic progress being made by the Hvar Wine Association since its founding in 2010. Hvar wines are now to be found all over the world, and the constant and coordinated promotion is beginning to pay off. 

The Hvar Wine Association had an extremely successful tour of Italy last month, and the first video report from Hvar TV came be seen of their visit to Rome, below. Hvar winemakers will be back in Italy next month, as PZ Svirce, Caric and Zlatan Otok head to Mantova for a wine presentation in collaboration with ONAV, an event organised with the Croatian Embassy in Rome and the General Consulate in Milan. It will take place on May 4 and include other Croatian winemakers.

PZ Svirce are also on the road, with the prestigious gastro association, Gastronaut, one of two wineries supporting the latest trip of leading Croatian gastro journalists and restaurateurs to Mali Losinj. I have been fortunate to end these events in Hvar, Krk and Koprovnica, and it is great to see PZ Svirce up there with the best. 

The small family business that is Vina Caric seems to be growing very quickly in popularity. Its 2013 Bogdanusa represented Croatia in Athens recently, at the Balkan Wine Treasures event in Restaurant Parasido.

Wine bloggers around the world are becoming more interested in Caric wines. Here is one from Blue Danube in California, who already sell some of the Caric range. This was followed by a feature on Caric in Wine Awesomeness. a few days ago.

While some journalists are writing about Hvar wines abroad, others are visiting the island to find out more, and it was a pleasure for me to help Sunday Times Travel journalist Alex Robinson with his itinerary to discover Hvar gastro and culture beyond the party and celebrity stereotype, and Alex emerged more than a little impressed by his visit to the Tomic Romanesque cellars in Jelsa.

Tomic will be joined by Zlatan Otok and Vujnovic in Split on April 24 and 25 for the 6th Dalmacija Wine Expo fair, which provides you with the perfect opportunity to try Hvar's finest. It will be held at the Radisson Blu, and one concrete result of last year's fair was the introduction of Hvar wine to Master of Wine Jo Ahearne, who subsequently moved part-time to the island and started producing her own wine in Jelsa, using the facilities of Tomic. 

Amazing what you can miss in a few days in Tokyo...

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  • Due to a traffic accident traffic is flowing alternatly on the DC8 Adriatic road at the place Klanfari, Dramalj area. Due to another one it is proceeding with delays at 319th km of the A1 motorway at Šibenik junction in direction Zagreb. Due to rain the roads are wet and slippery in the area of Rijeka as well as in Gorski kotar mountain area. During the day difficulties can be expected in roadwork areas - on the A1 motorway after Lučko paytoll at 6th km in direction Rijeka/Split (there is a 1,5-km-long traffic jam). Drivers are invited to keep distance and to adjust the speed to road conditions. With the bad weather the headlights have to be on during the day as well. One lane is free only/traffic is flowing in reduced lanes on the following motorways:-A1 in Plasina tunnel in both directions; -A2 Zagreb-Macelj between Zaprešić and Zabok junctions 20th-18th km in both directions; -A3 Bregana-Lipovac between Kutina and Novska junctions 119th-120th km in both directions; -A6 Rijeka-Zagreb at Svilno viaduct 78th-80th km between Orehovica and Čavle junctions in each direction till 1 June; -A8 in Istria on the section Lupoglav-Učka tunnel. Roadworks on the A4 Zagreb-Goričan motorway (Zagreb detour road): - till 9 June traffic is suspended in the entrance lane of Kraljevečki Novaki from direction Sesvete and Dugo Selo towards Ivanja Reka junction, there is a local detour; in the roadwork area traffic is flowing in reduced lanes; - till 26 April traffic is suspended in the exit lane of Popovec junction from direction Goričan towards Popovec, detour for direction Vrbovec-Popovec: Sveta Helena junction (A4)-Sveta Helena-DC3 Goričica-Belovar-Žerjavinec-Soblinec-Popovec junction, for direction Goričan (A4)-Sveta Helena: Komin junction (A4)-DC3-Sveti Ivan Zelina-Donja Zelina-Žerjavinec-Soblinec-Popovec. Lepenica rest area (at 57th km) on the A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorway is closed till 15 June, the previous rest area and petrol station is the one Ravna Gora (at 30th km), the next one Cernik-Čavle (17,8 km away from Lepenica). Due to roadworks traffic is suspended: -on the DC1 state road in Lučko and Stupnik (Zagreb); -on the DC8 Adriatic road at Posedarje; -on the DC6 state road, section Glina-Dvor border crossing, detour: Glina (DC37)-Petrinja-Hrvatska Kostajnica-Dvor. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only:-on the DC1 state road in Knin until 14 July; -on the DC1 state road at Klinča Sela, Tušilović and Mostanje; -on the DC1 Sinj-Klis Grlo state road at Dicmo; -on the DC8 Adriatic road on the section Kaštel Stari-Kaštel Gomilica, at Podstrana, on the section Zaton Doli-Bistrina, at Srebreno; -on the DC66 Pula-Most Raša state road; -on the DC75 Poreč detour road, section Vrvari-Bijela; -on the DC62 Veliki Prolog-Metković state road at Most Metković.
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  • The following ferries, catamarans and boats do not operate due to strong wind: -Lopar-Valbiska ferry, -Mali Lošinj-Rijeka, Rijeka-Rab-Novalja, Ubli-Vela Luka-Hvar-Split, Korčula-Hvar-Split, Vis-Split and Zadar-Rivanj-Sestrunj-Zverinac-Božava-Brbinj catamarans, -Mali Lošinj-Unije-Susak boat. Šibenik-Kaprije-Žirje ferry does not stop at Kaprije port.
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