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Croatian Wines are a Hit

20 November 2009 No Comment

Croatian wines have thrilled the judges with their quality and they were proclaimed the hit of this year’s competition that was organized by the well-known London magazine Decanter during which they won eight gold, five silver and 11 bronze medals, and also three wine varieties received recommendations. All the wine varieties that were awarded a gold medal come from continental Croatia and the small vineyard Bodren from the Hrvatsko zagorje region, owned by Boris Drenški, was particularly successful. It produces exceptional sweet predicate wines. Four of his wines have won the gold medal (Chateau Bezanec Chardonnay, Couve and Rajnski rizling from 2007 and Pinot Sivi 2006). Vlado Krauthaker won two gold medals for his Graševina wine 2007 and Zelenac Kutjevo 2007, and Badel 1862 and its Graševina Daruvar 2007 and Iločki Podrumi with the sweet Traminac 2006 won one gold medal each. Angela Muir, President of the Prize-Awarding Committee for Central and Eastern European Wines, who has been in love with enology for 38 years, said that Croatia with its top quality white wines, dry and dessert ones, and an entire range of wine sorts with various characters and styles, is the biggest discovery of this year’s competition. “This really puts Croatia on the wine map. If you like sweet white wines, you would be crazy not to try them. Croatia can now truly take its place as a serious player in the world of wines”, said Decanter Director Adam Lechemere. The success of Croatian wines is even greater due to the fact that they won more gold medals than famous wine countries such as the USA (only two gold medals), New Zealand and Chile (four golds each), Argentina (seven gold medals), Greece (six) and Slovenia (three). The French wines were the most successful in this strong competition, winning 50 gold medals, i.e. 20 percent of the total count. Decanter is a form of bible in the world of wine experts and fans and the competition it organizes is the biggest and the most respectable one in the world. This year’s competition was the sixth in a row.

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