Interest in Istrian wines is growing year by year, in addition to exceptional Malvasia and Teran, Istrians can boast with excellent blends.
The 29th Vinistra, the most attractive and well-known wine exhibition in the wider region, has just ended in Poreč. More than 10,000 visitors, including a large number of foreign guests who are staying in the sun-soaked Poreč and Istria these days, passed through the Žatika hall from Friday to Sunday.
The interest in Istrian wines is confirmed by the numbers. Due to preparations for the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, the most prestigious wine competition in the world, which will be held in this hall at the end of next week, the number of visitors is equal to last year's, and so is the number of winemakers, 80 of them exhibited in Poreč.
"Istrian winemakers are extremely pleased with the turnout, visitors are becoming more educated, whether they are domestic wine lovers or foreigners, they are well acquainted with the Istrian wine scene and come to Vinistra with a specific goal in mind, they know what they want, socialize with winemakers, and are interested in new trends. I would like to thank all visitors for coming. See you at the 30th Vinistra," says Luka Rossi, President of Vinistra, the association of Istrian vinegrowers and winemakers.
He adds that wine events such as Vinistra and Concours Mondial de Bruxelles have enormous value in branding Istria and Croatia as a wine destination and promoting Malvasia and Teran.
This year's Vinistra also offered interesting workshops such as Decanter from Kvarner and those about increasingly sought-after Istrian blends. Young sommeliers Tomislav Mikinac, Ivan Grgić, and Dejan Dević spoke about a wide range of blends, from exceptional sparkling wines, excellent young and aged white wines, to powerful reds and sweet wines, and the expert program ended with the traditional presentation of the wine studies at the University of Rijeka through five award-winning alumni students, known as the "5 for 5 wine studies."