At Korta Katarina Winery, the winegrowing team believes that great wine is a reflection of its origin. The wines made at Korta Katarina express the terrain of the Dalmation coastal areas of the Dingac (ding-gatch) and Postup regions of the Peljesac (pell-yuh-shotz) Peninsula and the Cara region on the Island of Korcula.
Dingac & Postup Region Winemaking
The Dingac (ding-gatch) and Postup regions of The Peljesac (pell-yuh-shotz) Peninsula produce wines that are rich in flavor and high in both alcohol and tannins. These regions are home to the indigenous Plavac Mali grape. The name Plavac Mali (Pronunciation) refers to the small blue grapes that the vines produce. In Croatian plavo means "blue" and plavac refers to "what is blue" and mali means "small." The above average climatic conditions, supreme coastal locations and rocky and the well drained hillsides is the perfect environment for the plavac mali grape and allows it to "suffer" slightly on the vine. It is this "suffering," combined with the abundance of olive trees, local fruits, flowers and wild herbs, that produce the beauty of Korta Katarina's Plavic Mali, Reubens Private Reserve and Rose wines. The results are full-bodied, deeply colored wines that taste of dried cherries, hints of raspberries and other earthy characteristics.
Cara (cha-ra) Region on the Island of Korcula (kor-chu-la)
Korta Katarina's Posip (po-ship) is made from select purchased Posip grapes from the Cara region on the Island of Korcula - the birthplace of the great explorer Marko Polo. Cara is the only area the Posip grapes grows and is abundant with wild flowers, green apples, peaches, and a variety of trees represented in the delightful boquet of Korta Katarina's Posip wine.
The Korta Katarina winemaking technique means the winegrowing team believes that great wine is a reflection of its origin. The wines made at Korta Katarina express the terrain of the Dalmation Coast areas of the Dingac, and Postup regions of the Peljesac Peninsula and the Cara region on the Island of Korcula.
An important part of managing the KK vineyards, is maintaining the balance between viticulture and nature. Korta Katarina believes in environmental responsibility and is dedicated to natural farming techniques. The KK winery practices traditional farming methods to ensure optimum grape quality.
Natural winegrowing for Korta Katarina Winery means working in harmony with nature to produce the finest quality wines. Environmentally friendly practices include conserving soils and water, managing pests, and recycling water and materials.
Once the grapes ripen they are harvested by hand and placed into small bins in order to avoid bruising and premature crushing. They are transported from the vineyard to the winery, hand sorted, de-stemmed and crushed as they go into the fermenters. The gentle handling of the fruit during this process and the design of our "gravity flow" process ensures a delectable.
Croatian Winemaking Process
After the grapes go into the fermenters, the temperature in the fermenter is lowered using state of the art designed cooling tanks. The grapes will be allowed to "soak" for several days. Afterward the temperature will be raised and fermentation of the sugars will begin and continue on for approximate 8-10 days. Following this fermentation the wine is allowed to remain in contact with the skins for an addition 30 days in order to maximize the extraction of color and flavor from the skins. This process is called "maceration." Following maceration the wine will be drained off of the skins and flow down to empty barrels in the cellar underneath the fermentation level using gravity's natural flow. Here the wine will be aged.
Korta Katarina Winery only uses the finest French Oak barrels for storing its wines. The degree to which the barrel uses new oaks will vary depending on the how the wine is destined to be bottled. Reuben's Private Reserve PM wine will typically be in the barrels with 80-100% new French Oak. Plavac Mali, Posip and Rose wines will use lower amounts depending on the style and variety of the wine in barrel. Ultimately the winegrowing team will taste the wines in barrel regularly to monitor the wines development and later determine which lots will be selected for our Reserve blend.
Contact us today about Croatian winemaking and our techniques.