International Plavac Mali Day celebrated on September 21
September 13, 2021 – September 21 is officially celebrated on International Plavac Mali Day!
Croatia has a unique wine history stretching back 5,000 years and four key wine regions, each cultivating distinct grape varieties – Slavonia and the Danube, the Highlands, Istria and Dalmatia. Croatia’s gastronomic offer has increased and its exceptional wines are starting to attract the attention they rightly deserve. With the recent changes in the economic development of the region, it has quickly become a popular destination for many people around the world. While tourism is a very strong industrial sector, Dalmatia has also invested in IT infrastructure on the mainland and islands to not only provide a complete solution for visitors, but also enable the daily productivity of digital nomads.
“There are countless vineyards in Croatia, each with its own character, which reflect the different terrains, and the region of Dalmatia is certainly one of our gems,” says Ina Rodin, director of the National Tourist Board Croatian, North America.
“In Dalmatia, one can have sophisticated experiences in Michelin-starred restaurants, but also local konobas and wines from world-famous vineyards to small producers – all proud of the country’s gastronomic heritage and celebrating our connection to the land. and the sea. “
The Plavac Mali grape is cultivated in the Dalmatian wine region, which began to engage in tourism as early as 1800, due to its natural beauty, mild climate, and millennia of history. The Plavac Mali grape, recognizable by its distinct aromas, predominantly black berries and Mediterranean herbs with expressive tannins and a mineral palate, is a predominant and most important red grape in Dalmatia. The annual production of Plavac Mali is over five million bottles, which represents 7.5% of the total Croatian wine production, according to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, and due to its distinct taste and ability to well aging is the most likely red wine to be bought. and exported by both the wine industry and consumers.
Plavac Mali means ‘little blue’, referring to its appearance, small dark blue berries. Léo Gracin, Doc. Dr Sc. Of Oenology, President of the Vino Dalmacije Association and Assistant Professor at the University of Split, Mediterranean Agriculture Studies says:
“Plavac Mali achieves a distinctive quality on the steep slopes of the southern islands and the Dalmatian coast. Plavac Mali wines are full bodied, powerful with ripe tannins and pronounced black fruit aromas, but it’s also important to say that this varietal produces several styles of wines, from medium-bodied and easy-drinking wines to elegant and full-bodied wines.In addition, by aging in wooden barrels, this varietal acquires additional structure and, with its delicate oak aromas, reaches its full potential. full potential that only the best wines in the world from warm regions can be proud of. “
Some time ago UC Davis and the University of Zagreb conducted a DNA study of the strain to find out that Plavac Mali (vitis vinifera) is a descendant of Zinfandel (aka Tribidrag or Crljenak kaštelanski) created a natural hybrid with another native variety, Dobričić. Such a strain certainly deserves a special celebration, and when it is better than when it is usually harvested.
The Croatian Wine Alliance, a group of global teams promoting Croatian wines led by the US-based duo, Aroma Wine Co., and Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc., recently announced September 21 as International Plavac Mali Day. This collaboration is a public and private partnership between organizations from the United States, Canada, Australia, Europe and Croatia – all dedicated to telling the many stories of this native Croatian red variety.
“We have been looking for ways to combine various branches of the economy to make Dubrovnik and Dalmatia a pleasant and productive destination for people who want to stay here longer than for a quick vacation,” said Nikolina Trojic, Mr. Sc, President of the Dubrovnik County Chamber of Commerce.
“From old and famous appellations to newer ones, wineries have created wine tourism content, combining their award-winning wines with gastronomic offerings and fun and educational content.”
“To find out more about all the celebrations around the world and the participating organizations, follow the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/internationalplavacmaliday and the hashtag #internationalplavacmaliday, ”said Mirena Bagur, co-founder of Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc., an importer, online retailer and advocate of wines from Croatia. And continued:
This day will be recognized annually in the week surrounding September 21, with various events, educational and promotional content in the local geographies where Plavac Mali is presented. For example, in Boston, we are hosting a wine pairing dinner featuring various wines from Plavac Mali and some tastings in wine merchants.Croate Wine Alliance is a public-private collaboration led by Aroma Wine Co., and Croatian Premium Wine Imports, Inc., The US-based duo work with organizations around the world to raise awareness of high-end Croatian wines, including wines from Croatia, https://vinacroatia.hr/en/, a wine organization within the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Vino Dalmacije, https://vinodalmacije.com/ the Dalmatian Winegrowers Association and the Croatian National Tourist Board, importers and distributors in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. In addition, the Embassy and Consulates of the Republic of Croatia in the United States support American importers.
For a full list of participating organizations, visit https://www.facebook.com/internationalplavacmaliday.
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