Among the many international visitors in recent days, Bastijana was delighted to welcome Dr. Jim Kennedy from Fresno State University and Catherine Hanley from EVE Abroad. Both were in Jelsa on an inspection visit and to finalise the programme for what promises to be an exciting project for the winemakers of Hvar.
Starting in May 2014, up to 20 Californian wine students from Fresno will be spending 7 weeks in Croatia - predominantly in Jelsa and Svirce - on an intern programme with the winemakers of Hvar. It is a great opportunity to develop some grassroots connections for the island's wines and also Hvar tourism, and Bastijana is looking forward to hosting its first students next year. Andro is pictured here with Dr. Kennedy overlooking the new Tomic vineyards in Vira, north of Hvar Town.