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Vinistra 2009: Not only Malvasia

by Gogo on May 4, 2009

in All wines

The end of April brings Vinistra, the most important wine event in Istria, that this year celebrated its 16th birthday. You can meet there not only Istrian winemakers but also olive oil producers and farmers producing genuine food like honey, cheese, sausages, prosciutto, homemade pasta, truffles and all kind of delicacies. The fair is traditionally held in Poreč and this year it has moved in the beautiful and brand new Sport Centre Žatika.

Sport Centre Žatika, Poreč

There is also the competition part, where wines, olive oils, grappas and prosciutto (pršut) are evaluated by an international jury. Here you can find this year’s results.

Istria is the home of autochtonous grape variety Istrian Malvasia, and a place at Earth where it is grown in highest quantities. Thus it is not a surprise that Malvasia has always been the main star of Vinistra, and since recently it has become the most popular white wine in Croatia. This year a novelty was introduced, The world of Malvasia – the first international competition of all malvasia varieties that you can find all around the world (results here).

I dedicated a day and a half for the visit, which was just enough to get the impression of the Istrian wine scene that every year gets more interesting. This year I noticed a shy comeback of oldstyle Malvasia, a style of wine that was for many years forgotten and despised. Also, some interesting and good red wines from international varieties have appeared, like Merlot and Syrah.

More in the next posts where you will find what I managed to taste, leaded mostly by intuition and some reccomendations from my friends. In the meantime, enjoy the photos of delicacies I have found on the fair.

Fig salami made with grappa

Filets from boškarin (autochtonous beef variety) in olive oil

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