Since wine production is decreasing in this area, we decided to plant our own vineyards. Our vineyards are located on the chain of islands in the vicinity of Hvar called 'Pakleni otoci', in the plain of Stari Grad (the Greek "Ager"), and in the area around Jelsa.In addition, we are currently in the process of planting a new, 10 ha vineyard, in the Vira bay, in the vicinity of the town of Hvar. We have also taken on lease a couple of excellent vineyards that owners could not cultivate any longer, while the rest of the grapes come from our regular growers and suppliers. We regularly visit with our growers and have stringent quality standards to ensure that we get the best possible grapes.
We use different grape varieties for our wines, predominantly Plavac Mali and Plavac Veliki as the red varieties, and Pošip, Bogdanuša, Maraština and Prč as the white. We also grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Yellow Muscat, Drnekušica and several other varieties that have taken root here.
History: The history of viticulture in Hvar goes back to the 4th ctr. BC when the Ancient Greeks brought the vine to the fertile plain of Stari Grad ("Ager", now protected by UNESCO), and set up a comprehensive system of agriculture with dry stone walls, stone shelters and water collection system that has remained preserved and in function for 24 centuries. Since then, people have been planting vines in Ager and throughout the island. Winemaking remained the basis of Hvar's economy for centuries. In the late 19th century the island had over 5750 hectares of vineyards, which is more than 19 % of its surface, while today there are less than 300 hectares, with a continuing negative trend.
Climate: The famous 19th century climatologist J. Hann referred to Hvar as the "Adriatic Madeira", describing its mild Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild rainy winters. Hvar also has very high insolation (2730 hours a year, i.e. an average of 7.5 hours a day). Other favorable conditions are annual distribution of precipitation and low relative air humidity in the period of grape growing and ripening, which helps prevent diseases and is crucial for the quality of grapes. The island also has a water spring – a rare gift among otherwise dry Mediterranean islands.
Location: Another crucial factor for successful vine growing is the selection of the variety and the appropriate terroir. Among several micro-localities we can distinguish three basic ones: the southern slopes, the northern part of the island, and the 400-500 m high longitudinal ridge.
Each locality has its own benefits and the varieties it suits best, so that the people now, taught by experience of their predecessors, grow particular varieties at locations that suit them best.