Why Croatia? KORTA KATARINA founders and owners, Lee and Penny Anderson, traveled to post-war Croatia in 2001 in an effort to rebuild schools and infrastructure with lifelong friend and business associate Ben Fellows. Ben's passion for St. David's Relief introduced him to Jeff and Ankica Reed, a Texan and Croatian family living in Croatia and equally dedicated to St. David's services. After many rebuilding projects and travels to Croatia the Anderson's fell in love with the scenic and architectural beauty, strong cultural heritage and a surprising find... the wine! The Andersons passion for wine (Original Trustees of the Naples Winter Wine Festival) and equally new found passion for Croatia inspired them to form the businesses "Rivijera Orebic" and KORTA KATARINA. They purchased the infamous and old Rivijera hotel on the Adriatic and began extensive construction to rebuild the hotel and villa, erect a new state of the art winery, purchased small parcels of land on the Peljesac (pell-yuh-shotz) Peninsula's Dingac (ding-atch) and Postup (post-oop) regions and the establishment of KORTA KATARINA began.
The KORTA KATARINA winery and its villa "Rivijera Orebic" are a wine lover's dream. Located in the small town of Orebic (or-uhb-itch) and perched on the edge of the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea, KORTA KATARINA's region is renowned for its culture, sea exploration and winemaking traditions that date back to the Roman Empire. For centuries, Croatian family "kortas" (courtyards or gardens in English) were the center of family gatherings for seabound captains and sailors embarking on worldly adventures. The wines produced and consumed in these kortas, abundant with fresh fruit, flowers, herbs and a variety of trees, represent the natural winegrowing conditions and rich history of the Peljesac (pell-yuh-shotz) Peninsula and the Island of Korcula (kor-chu-la) regions that produce KORTA KATARINA's award winning Plavac Mali, (plah-vahtz-mah-lee) Reuben's Reserve Plavac Mali, Posip (po-ship) and Rose wines.
The KORTA KATARINA winery, named for the Croatian word "KORTA" (garden in Croatian) and "KATARINA" (Katharine in English and a cherished family name of KORTA KATARINA founders and owners Lee and Penny Anderson) is the first venue of its kind on the southern Dalmatian coast. The Anderson's and the KK team invite you to take part in the culture, vineyards, state of the art winery and winemaking renaissance that is underway at KORTA KATARINA and Croatia.