While at the London International Wine Festival I was privileged to meet the family and team behind the Jurjević (De Georgiis) vineyards. The Jurjević (De Georgiis) family wine story is quite unusual and not based on century-old traditions. It begins in 2001, as a continuation of the Silba inhabitants’ work and traditions. By merging the old and the new the family’s goal is to make high-quality wines by the sea of pristine silence and wooded vegetation on the island of Silba.
The process begins in the vineyards, where the grapes are carefully nourished in order to preserve their best qualities. Everything is done manually, from preparing the terrain, pulling up weeds, digging, planting, spraying, to grape harvesting and pressing in clear ecological conditions, in accordance with world ecological standards.
The family produces bottles of chardonnay, posip, merlot and syrah and I was lucky enough to sample these last week. The latter was my favourite wine, not simply of the Croatian offerings but the entire festival. The Syrah was bottled in 2009 so it is still quite young. Although you could age it, it was already simply a divine bottle of wine as it currently stands. It’s not the richest red colour, but it is bright, with heady, fresh, fruity notes. The taste was ripe, smooth and enticing. After one sip I was hooked!
The family land also boasts incredible olive trees, from which they make delicious extra virgin olive oil. If you happen to be sailing in the region, moor at one of the 20 moorings owned by the family in the Draga Bay and pop into their restaurant to enjoy some homemade food. Each dish is baked in an iron oven or grilled. No doubt the cevapi served with ajvar is delightful!
Jurjević Vina, Bože Peričića 14, 23000 Zadar, Croatia
Tel: 00 385 99 810 3010