Monday, December 30, 2013

BBC Good Food Hungary Visits Bastijana

The year is almost over, but the journalists keep on coming...

Bastijana was delighted yesterday to welcome Balint Ordogh, Editor-in-Chief of the BBC's Good Food magazine, Hungarian version. As luck would have it, Balint and partner Nora Demok were treated to a private concert by Ibrica Jusic, ably assisted by Andro, while tasting the Tomic range.

A very lively late morning, and we look forward to welcoming Balint back in April when they plan to return to Jelsa to continue their research on the wines of Dalmatia.

Possibly the last tasting at Bastijana for 2013, but one never knows... 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sveti Klement: Is This the Lowest Vineyard in Croatia?

With its various micro-climates, different grape varieties and contrasting elevations of vineyard, the wines of Hvar are extremely diverse and worthy of exploring. Add into the mix the combination of indigenous grapes and the intoduction of more internationally-known varieties, and no wonder people are taking an increased interest in the island's 2,400 year wine history.

One of the most fascinating vineyards is on the biggest of the Pakleni Islands, Sveti Klement, where the grapes for the red and white Tomic wines of the same name are grown. Located just one metre above sea level, is this the lowest vineyard in Croatia? 

It is certainly one of the prettiest, and while the extra effort of transporting grapes from one island to the other takes time and effort, the harvest is a lot of fun - check out the team embarking on the 2012 harvest in the video by Hvar TV below. 

(With thanks to Visit Hvar for use of the photos)

Ibrica Jusic Visits Bastijana

Although Bastijana is closed for the holidays, it can never be 100% closed, especially if there are people in Jelsa wanting to taste wine...

A special treat for both the staff of the winery and its handful of visitors today, as Croatian singing legend Ibrica Jusic dropped in to visit Andro and they shared a glass of wine and an impromptu performance in French, much to the delight of the handful of spectactors. There is a video, coming soon...

Bastijana, the winery that never sleeeps... 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Team at Bastijana

And so 2013 draws to a close and the holiday season is now upon us. It has been a great year for Hvar wines, with increasing international attention, EU membership and a small discussion about prosecco...

The team at Bastijana would like to thank you for your interest and continued support of the Bastijana winery. 2014 promises to be an exciting year, and we look forward to seeing you for a glass or two in Jelsa.

Best seasonal wishes from the entire Tomic team. 

Special Festive Offer for Tomic Wines at Zinfandel in Split

Bastijana recently conducted a tasting at new wine bar Zinfandel in the heart of Diocletian's Palace in Split, a great location and opportunity to try a range of some of Croatia's best wines.

Following on from the tasting, Tomic wines will be available at Zinfandel over the holiday period for a special price of 20 kuna a glass of 150 kuna a bottle. Enjoy! 

Happy Grapes Make Great Wines: The View from a Tomic Winery

Life for grapes on the island of Hvar could be worse. Plenty of sun, gorgeous views, no wonder the wines are attracting increasing international attention.

Take a quick tour of the neighbourhood of the latest Tomic vineyard, just north of Hvar Town, whose new plants this year included 14,000 Plavac Mali vines. Quality sunshine in a bottle.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tomic Wines Features in New Central Dalmatia Tourist Board Video

The Central Dalmatia Tourist Board has just released an excellent promotional video, highlighting the quality and diversity of this amazing region.

Bastijana was delighted to be one of the wines featured in the gastronomy section.

Watch the video in full below, and we look forward to welcoming you in our Jelsa winery on your next visit to beautiful Dalmatia.