Plavac Mali is the main variety in Korta Katarina vineyards:
the most popular and economically most important red wine grape in Croatia.
After extensive research of grape varieties in Croatia, Lee & Penny Anderson decided to grow vineyards of the Plavac Mali variety. Plavac Mali is the most popular and economically most important red wine grape in Croatia. Plavac Mali is the result of a spontaneous crossing of two older varieties: Tribidrag and Dobričić. It has a long vegetation cycle, ripens very late and in order to reach full maturation needs an abundance of warmth and light. In 1961 Dingač was the very first superior quality wine in the former Yugoslavia to receive the designation of wine with a protected geographic origin. A few years later, in 1967, Postup was the second wine with a protected geographic designation of origin. Climatic conditions, superb coastal locations and stony, well drained hillsides are the perfect environment for the Plavac Mali grape and allow it to ‘suffer’ slightly on the vine. It is this ‘suffering’, combined with the abundance of olive trees, local fruits, flowers and wild herbs, that produce the beauty of Korta Katarina's Plavac Mali, Reuben’s Private Reserve and Rosé wines. The results are full-bodied, deeply colored wines that taste of dried cherries, hints of raspberry and other earthy characteristics.
Selected grapes purchased from the vineyards in Čara on the island of Korčula, the birthplace of the great explorer Marco Polo, are used in the production of Pošip. Čara Valley is located in the heart of the island of Korčula, ideally located between two hills. It is protected from both strong southerly and northerly winds. The valley is open to the west and east, which is particularly important in the summer because of the direction of the sea breezes which daily ventilate the valley. Wines produced in the valley are fantastically balanced, with a more complex structure and a bit more alcohol than most white varieties, it provides medium to full-bodied wines.