Americans, Lee and Penny Anderson, traveled to post-war Croatia in 2001 with nonprofit organization St. David's Relief Foundation in an effort to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Anderson's assisted in reconstruction of schools and infrastructure for the thousands of people who remained displaced by the devastating war in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia. While in Bosnia-Herzegovina, The Anderson's traveled to neighboring Croatia and fell in love with Southern Croatia's scenic and architectural beauty, strong cultural heritage, fine cuisine, and a surprising find... the wine!
The Andersons passion for wine (Original Trustees of the Naples Winter Wine Festival in Naples, Florida) and equally newfound passion for Croatia inspired them to build KORTA KATARINA. They purchased the infamous "Rivijera" hotel on the Adriatic Sea in the small Southern Croatian town of Orebic, started purchasing small parcels of land on the Peljesac Peninsula's Dingac and Postup regions and KK released its first vintage in 2006. Over the past 10 years, The Anderson's and KORTA KATARINA have completed construction on a new state of the art KK winery, tasting room and wine bar and the new 10 suite boutique hotel "VILLA KATARINA" opening May of 2017.
The KORTA KATARINA estate is located in a region renowned for its culture, seaports and winemaking traditions that date back to the Roman Empire. For centuries, "kortas" were the center of family gatherings for sea captains and sailors embarking on worldly adventures. The KORTA KATARINA name represents the kortas/gardens of Croatia and the family name Katarina/Katharine of KK founders and owners Lee and Penny Anderson.