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Details for Kozlovic Santa Lucia

AppellationWest Istria
Malvazija Istarska
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Vinarija Kozlović
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Istria is the axehead-shaped peninsula slicing into the north-east end of the Adriatic, just across the sea from Venice.  It’s likely that wine was first made here by the Ancient Greeks; it was certainly produced by the Romans who conquered the Istrian peninsula in 177 BC.
The region borders Friuli and the wines, food and people have a close connection with their Italian neighbours.  The Italian port of Trieste is the nearest city, while even Venice is a closer drive than than the Croatian capital Zagreb.
Istria boasts two indigenous grape varieties: the earthy red Teran and the aromatic white Malvazija Istarska.  The latter dominates the vineyards, although Muscat, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are also grown.

Vinarija Kozlović

A family-owned winery founded in 1904, Vinarija Kozlović is based in West Istria, where most of the foremost producers in Croatia are to be found.  The business grew up around the Valle vineyard which lies in front of the winery itself, but has grown to encompass the famed Santa Lucia vineyard close to the nearby town of Buje.
Kozlović is best known for its Malvazija whites but also produces a range of Muscats and a Sauvignon Blanc.  Reds and rosés come from the local Teran and blends of Teran with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The winery is run by Gianfranco and Antonella Kozlovic and they currently cultivate 17 hectares of vineyards.  Gianfranco is a perfectionist and is constantly striving for ways to improve his wines, combining both hands-on and high-tech approaches.  The vineyards are worked by hand and all the grapes are hand-harvested, while the landmark new winery built in 2012 is the most technologically advanced in the region.

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