High-brow wine, packed with 2500 years of Croatian winemaking tradition, for under $50 a bottle.
New Wine From Ancient History – The rich history of Croatian winemaking began before the rise of the Roman Empire, likely starting with the Illyrians in Dalmatia and continuing with the arrival of Ancient Greek settlers during the 5th century BC.
A coin dating back to this time was found on the nearby Island of Vis and has an engraving of grape bunches on one side and an amphora on the other, which is a jug from antiquity used to store wine.
Stina proudly carries on the Croatian viticulture traditions. Grapes at our Stipančić vineyard in the town of Murvica, have been growing uninterrupted for nearly 500 years.
Perfect Growing Conditions – With short, mild, wet winters and long, hot dry summers, the Mediterranean climate is ideal for wine production.
The island of Brač also retains its own unique microclimate resulting in optimal growing conditions.
The terroir consists of rocky limestone soil and 45° south-facing vineyards for maximum drainage and sun-exposure.
Vineyard Stipančić, Located Near
the town of Murvica
For The Tastemakers Of Canada – Croatia has over 60 indigenous grape varietals (the best known being Plavac Mali, the child of Zinfandel and Dobričić).
At less than $50 a bottle, amateurs and professionals alike can enjoy the elegant taste of the old world without breaking the bank.
What makes Stina such a unique wine?
The answer is quite simple – all of the magic comes from the Brač soil.
Ancient salty air sweeps up from the sea. Ascending the crush limestone slope, it drifts past tufts of green Aleppo pine and plateaus high along a ridge overlooking the inky blue Adriatic.
This is the Island of Brač, where vineyards emerge from stone and inspiration.
From the Island of Brač (pronounced bratch) in the Dalmatian region of Croatia, Stina is a new brand of wine from vines grafted onto 500 year old roots that sink deep into the crush limestone soil.
It’s an ancient-world solution to a modern problem—where can I find affordable, quality wine from the old country?
The answer is Stina.
Vineyard Grabica, located near
the town of Bol
Stina Is Wine Sculpted From Stone
From the Island of Brač (pronounced bratch) in the Dalmatian region of Croatia, Stina is a new brand of wine from vines grafted onto 500-year-old roots that sink deep into the crush limestone soil.
It is an old-world solution to a modern problem—where can I find affordable, quality wine from the old country? The answer is Stina.
Stina Is Creation
The Island of Brač has long been associated with creation.
Numerous artists have lived here and used Brač to seek inspiration from the enchanted beauty of this chalky coloured Adriatic island.
Thanks to a celebrated tradition of stonework in the region, coupled with its rich bounty of famous white limestone, a number of denizens of Brač boast an international reputation.
Ivan Rendić, the most famous Croatian sculptor of his day, was raised on Brač and the poet (and later politician) Vladimir Nazor was born in the village of Postira. His most celebrated work, Pastir Loda, recounts the history of Brač through a strange and mythical inhabitant – the islands last remaining faun.
The impressionist sculptor Branislav Dešković was also born on Brač, and counted the island as a main source of artistic revelation. Gallery Branislav Deskovic, an art gallery in Bol is named after him and contains the vast majority of his work.
Stina Is Fantasy
In the 5th-century a nameless hermit sculpted a mysterious relief of a dragon onto the walls of a cave, tucked deep into the slopes overlooking the village of Murvica.
Drakonjina špilja (meaning dragon cave), is carved into the pale limestone, not unlike Stina’s grapevines, which are planted deep into the craggy Brač earth that salts the island and most of the Dalmatian coast.
It is this white limestone that is emblematic of the spirit of Croatian wine—a phantasm of ancient traditions jutting out of the storied blue Adriatic Sea.
Sprinkled throughout the Dalmatian Islands are tales of mythical creatures and supernatural intrigue.
On Mljet, a neighbouring island to the south, local legends claims that Calypso held Ulysses captive here for seven years before he could return home to Ithaca.
And the Pakleni Islands, a pebbles throw from the town of Hvar, are said to be the result of an epic battle between Poseidon and Zeus over the affections of a beautiful young nymph name Dahomar.
Whether the product of Zeus’ lightning bursts or the inspiration for Revelatory sculpture, the pale limestone ignites passion and spreads the inspiration of the stone.
Stina Is Inspiration
Sculptors, poets, and painters have frequently called upon the Island of Brač for inspiration, and each bottle of Stina continues to embody the isles’ creative mystique.
The island is also known historically as a spiritual retreat and boasts over 50 monasteries, churches, and other religious artifacts and relics scattered throughout.
Northeast of Stina’s Murvica vineyards, built into the side of the white stone mountain, is the breathtaking Blanca Hermitage. Started by two Glagolitic monks fleeing the Turks in the 16th-century, the monastery was built as a place of worship and solitude and continues to provide a place of solace for the public.
For over 400 years the monastery was used as the site of intense spiritual practice and reflection. The monks worked the surrounding soil, planting vineyards for wine in the harsh arid land and raising crops and livestock to support the monks inhabiting the area. For many years it was also the site of a famous astronomical observatory.
Over the centuries, olive trees grew, and oil pressed, wine made, sheep, oxen, and mules raised; and creamy golden honey produced with bees housed in hives carved from stone.
Whether to house young initiates into a spiritual order or its peaks used to survey the heavens, Brač stone has a long history of inspiration.