Experience 5 Centuries Of Winemaking
The climate on Brač is typically Mediterranean. With its hot summers and mild winters, the Adriatic coastline is ideal for cultivating grapes.
The steep, rocky limestone slopes of southern Croatia provide a source of excellent drainage. Along with the Mediterranean heat, gusty winds whipping up from the sea and the karst substructure create an arid environment for the grapes to thrive.
Stina’s production facilities consist of a winery and cellar located in the town of Bol and two vineyards: Stipančić-Murvica and Grabica.
The former is a mix of new and old vines (with some rootstock dating back to the 15th century), and the latter is a new vineyard planted in 2010.
Vineyard Stipančić – Murvica
While the Island of Brač is synonymous with stone (Stina), its history is likewise flush with the cultivation of Croatian grapevines, especially the Plavac Mali varietal.
One such vineyard, bestriding the tiny hamlet of Murvica, dates back to the 15th century.
Stipančić desert, a 32-hectare estate located on the site of an old convent, has been cultivating grapes for over 500 years
After purchasing the convent, a full-scale reconstruction of the vineyard began in order to take advantage of the highly favourable terroir.
Ancient stone retaining walls were reinforced to prevent further soil erosion of the steep, 45° degree slope.
New walls were also constructed, and the vineyard was expanded by another 7.5 hectares of new vines, to bolster the pre-existing 24.5 hectares.
A great deal of effort and investment went into restoring this storied vineyard to its past glory and the traditional manner of cultivation, without reinforcement, was also kept.
With 10,000 vines per hectare, all the agricultural work in the vineyard is performed manually.
- 15th century
- 32 hectares
- 7.5 hectares of new vineyards planted in 2010
- 24.5 hectares of old vines from 20-40 years
- Non-irrigated vineyards
- Plavac Mali
In recent years Stina has taken a prominent role in promoting Dalmatian wine and highlighting indigenous varietals to the international market.
At the same time, a full-blown viticulture revival has occurred on the Island of Brač thanks to Mr. Andabak’s project.
50 hectares of new vineyards (Pošip, Vugava) were planted at the Grabica site, on a surface where the stone (stina) had to be crushed with specialized machines in order to cultivate the soil and prepare for planting.
With a slight inclination towards the sea in the east and southeast direction, Grabica vineyards grow on a plateau located at 420 to 550 meters above sea level.
This new vineyard, on the previously uncultivated Grabica site, grows indigenous varietals Pošip & Vugava, as well as Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Planted in 2010
Pošip, vugava, chardonnay, viognier, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and syrah