A regular and very popular figure at Bastijana in the last year has been Master of Wine Jo Ahearne. Jo, one of just 350 Masters of Wine in the world, made the decision to move to Hvar and become the first Master of Wine to produce wine in Croatia.
The Tomic family was delighted to help her out at the beginning, offering her a little space in the winery and a little logistical help. After all, it is not every day a Master of Wine turns up on your island wanting to make wine!
Jo has since found her own premises in Sveta Nedjelja and has been busy producing her very own rose, from the indigenous Hvar variety, Darnekusa. Jo will be presenting tank samples of the rose at today's Pink Day in Zagreb - an historic day in the history of Croatian wine.
Good luck Jo, and many thanks for your friendship, knowhow and contribution to the Hvar wine scene.