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Extravirgin olive oil and wine in Vodnjan

by Gogo on April 15, 2009

in Olive oils

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In Vodnjan, the capital of extravirgin olive oil in Croatia, the beginning of April is bringing two closely related manifestations – The 15th exhibition of extravirgin olive oil and The 16th exhibition of wines of South Istria (here is the invitation leaflet). Both events are to be held in sports hall of local elementary scool (map here). The program starts on Saturday 4th at 11 AM with degustations of extravirgin olive oils coming from all parts of Croatia and wines coming only from the South Istria.

If are growing olives (and speak Croatian!), do not miss the talks in the afternoon about preparation of the soil for plantation of new olive trees. Otherwise come directly at 6 PM on the awards ceremony, where the best olive oils are getting their bronze, silver or gold medal. Do some tasting of the oil produced from local varieties of olives, like žižolera, buža, rošinjola, bjelica… Last year I was impressed how each variety had its own specific bouquet and taste, different from aromas of italian varieties (like leccino, pendolino, frantoio) that I was used to. This is a great opportunity to choose what oil you like, to meet the producer and make a deal if you want to buy some more.

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