Are you cold? You’ll feel warmer with shots from the MG2.8 – DiWine Summer
Let’s warm up during these gloomy cold days with a warm reminder of summer days with Croatian wines and the Meeting G2.8 “DiWine Summer” conference, which we held on July 5, 2022, at the Matica of Croatian Emigrants in Zagreb.
Watch the recording of the first panel “Croatia on the wine map of the world”, in which participated famous and award-winning winemakers from Croatia, Mateja Žužić from Winery “Jagunić”, Boris Vuglec from Vuglec Brega, Mladen Papak from “Vina Papak Ilok” and Janko Kezele, representative “Kezele Wines”, while Juraj Sladić from the “Testament” Winery responded via video message.
Papak pointed out that domestic winemakers have excellent wines, but we have a problem with quantity, and that’s why we need an association. As an excellent example of association, Kezele mentioned the Moslavina variety Škrlet, which had been neglected for years, and all of them were promoted independently. “We connected about 10 years ago, sales are now twice as high, and škrlet is more and more popular”, boasted Kezele and welcomed the recent changes to the Wine Law, which divided Croatia into only four regions, which will facilitate foreign promotion. Vuglec and Žužić added that our autochthonous varieties especially have a bright future, and that tourists coming to Croatia want to taste that autochthonousness. “Our varieties are wonderful, and there is no reason why the world should not recognize them,” added Žužić.
Sladić said in a video message that our winemakers will never win the match of volume and low prices, but that they must focus on premium wines and quality. “We need to take the best, and from our autochthonous varieties produce modern drinkable wines understandable to the world market”. All the panelists agreed that Croatia is practically still an unknown country on the wine map of the world, and that as a tourist country, it must be able to explain to guests “that wine is part of our identity and culture, that we are a country of good wines and that each of our guests must try them.” “. Croatia is making serious strides in winemaking, they concluded and said: “winemakers make Croatia better”.