“Not to taste wine is the same as not to see the colours”
– Tin Ujevic, Famous Croatian Poet
Croatia is hot right now. Taking note of the recent uptick in interest to the scythe-shaped country lining the western edge of the Adriatic Sea, entrepreneur Jako Andabak kickstarted the Stina project seeking to showcase Croatian wine and viticulture to the world.
Stina began in earnest when Mr. Andabak’s company, Jako Vino D.O.O. leased a cellar in the town of Bol and immediately began extensive building renovations and updating the cellar’s outdated technology.
Today Stina has quickly nurtured a reputation for being a destination winery. Set along the idyllic Adriatic Sea shore, the elegantly rustic white stone cellar, located along the seawall, possesses an ancient mystique furnished with all the modern necessities.
Aside from the standard grape processing and wine aging space, the cellar also has a charming area for wine tasting and purchasing.
Bol - A First-Rate Wine Tourist Destination
Pink and purple geraniums dot the winding streets of Bol, which serpentine around white stone houses topped with red clay roofs.
The whole town is packed tightly around a quaint marina where pleasure crafts and small fishing boats putter in and out from escapades in the Adriatic Sea.
Follow the shady pine-lined promenade along the seafront, where the winery sits, and it will take you to the most famous beach in Croatia – Zlatni Rat (golden cape).
There is a reason nearly every tourist brochure in this tiny Balkan country used this image on the front cover.
To the west of Bol, nestled within the hillside is Drakonjina Špilja (dragon’s cave), a tiny chapel with dragon’s carved into the wall by a 15th-century monk. Nearby sits, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Blanca Hermitage which is a monestary built into the side of a cliff.
The love for viticulture and winemaking, followed by cutting-edge technology and know-how, in a short time set Stina wine among recognized and respected premium brands of Croatian wine that gained fans and medals in domestic and many foreign markets.
Stina Wines – Drawing Inspiration From Stone
Established in 2009 on the Island of Brač. Stina Wines operates over 70 hectares of vineyards planted with mainly indigenous Dalmatian varietals including:
- Plavac Mali – A cross between Crljenak Kaštelanski (ancestral Zinfandel) and Dobričić grapes
- Crljenak Kaštelanski – Red wine grape & genetic ancestor of Zinfandel
- Pošip – White wine grape indigenous to the Dalmatian region
- Vugava – White grape usually compared to Viognier
Few people know that the first gold medal for a wine of this cellar was obtained in Paris back in 1909 at the International Exhibition of Wine.
Stina proudly keeps on the wall of the cellar in its brand new, elegantly designed wine tasting center.