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There is no fear that we will run out of wine 🙂 – this was taken care of by our panelists – winemakers – whose wines we will taste on July 5th, 2022 in Zagreb, Hrvatska matica iseljenika, Trg Stjepana Radića 3, from 5 pm, and continue with dinner in Matis from 8 pm – meet some more of them today, as well as our guests from other continents and get rid of novinophobia.
Mirena Bagur, The Ambasador of Croatian Wines
Mirena Bagur, Master of Economics, born in Metković with an address in Boston, founded a company for importing Croatian wines to USA in 2019, and since then she has been actively working on spreading knowledge about Croatian wines in America. It is not pretentious to say that Mirena is an ambassador of Croatian wines across the ocean, assisted in everything by her husband Win Burke, who fell in love with Croatia and the Neretva Valley, which he gladly visits.
“Croatian wines are very well received in the USA. We focus on quality wines and boutique wineries. So it’s not about great quantity, but quality”, points out Ms Bagur, whose interesting business venture was not even stopped by the global pandemic.
The placement of wine in the United States could revive viticulture and winemaking in Croatia, and in addition, Americans, as well as the Croatian diaspora, are given the chance to bring Croatia closer – through wines in a year in which they could not travel.
The tradition of viticulture of the Jagunić family goes back a long way, and in the very beginning it was based on old varieties. In the early 90’s, old plantations were replaced by varieties that are still grown in this winery.
Winery Jagunić is located in Plešivica and to guests that come for tasting, offers a complete eno-gastro tourism experience, because all the food they produce by themselves or get them from local producers. The Jagunić farm is one of the first family farms in the Plešivica region, which started filling bottles under its own label and designation of controlled geographical origin.
Dominik Jagunić has been running the family winery since 2013, and he invests a lot of effort, work and love in this business. He is completely dedicated to the production of sparkling wines and amber wines.
“70% of our total cellar production is made up of sparkling wines. We initially started producing Amber wines for ourselves, so when we saw that it was good, we increased the production”, said Dominik Jagunić.
Dedicated work, vast experience gained over the years, innovation and professional development have resulted in numerous medals, awards and recognitions in evaluations within the Association of Winemakers, as well as at the state level.
The vineyards are located in eight positions and the needs of each of the six varieties are respected – Rizvanac, Rhine Riesling, Traminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Portuguese. Positions were carefully chosen for each grape variety and desired wine style.
Papak Ilok Winery
Family winery Vina Papak Ilok is a young winery, founded in 2014, but based on many years of work and experience in viticulture and winemaking of the whole family, especially the head of this winery.
Mladen Papak, a graduate engineer of agronomy, longtime oenologist and a director of Ilok cellars, today is the head of a winery owned by his family.
After parting ways with his main wine house, he started his own grape and wine production.
The family today owns 13 hectares of their own vineyards in Ilok at the position of Radoš or Radoško brdo, which is also the easternmost wine-growing position, both in Ilok and in the whole of Croatia.
In vino veritas – Ivo Grgić
Ivo Grgić is a full professor at the Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb, where he teaches several subjects. He also taught at other faculties in Zagreb, Knin and Split. He was a guest professor in Slovenia, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He studied in Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Spain, Greece, etc.
He is a leader and collaborator on many scientific, professional, development and other projects, and has published more than 150 scientific and professional papers / publications. He is the author and co-author of several books, textbooks and manuals, an editor of several books and a reviewer of several textbooks and study programs. He is a member of the editorial boards of eight journals.
Apart from agricultural policy, his scientific interest is also the development of rural areas and rural tourism, especially agro-tourism.
He is a member, founder and president of the Croatian Agroeconomic Society for two terms. He is an associate member of the International Academy of Sciences and Arts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, members of the Croatian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Matica Hrvatska, HKD Napredak and the Association of Croats of BiH Prsten, where he is the president of the PRSTEN foundation. He will give the closure speech at the Conference, with some conclusions, so we named his part – “In vino veritas”
Robostrop & the CEO
Dinner after the Conference will be accompanied by the music of the world groove fusion instrumental band from Zagreb named Robostrop and the CEO (this CEO is our multi-talented member of Meeting G2 – Ante Lučić.
They mix styles and skillfully pair with good wines.