Zlatna dolina, Mostar wine growing region
The karst of Herzegovina, the homeland of Christ’s thorn, wormwood and horned viper, is also home to Zilavka, the highest quality and most famed white wine of Herzegovina. Zilavka is for Herzegovina a part of cultural and historical heritage, and we’d say, much more than just a wine. In the past couple of years, viniculture in Herzegovina is on the rise; the old vineyards are renovated, the karst of Herzegovina is cleared and new ones are planted, and there are also significant developments in terms of “branding”. Namely, in late April of this year, the Wine road was festively open, which apart from the visits to the wineries includes a visit to all attractive tourist destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The goal of this project, largely funded by EU in collaboration with the Tourism Association of the County of Herzegovina-Neretva and the Association of Viticulture and Viniculture of Herzegovina, is to introduce tourists to the authentic wines Zilavka and Blatina as well as the history and culture of Herzegovina.
Company Hercegovina produkt with headquarters in Citluk near Medjugorje is a relatively new producer, but it is continuing a Barbaric family tradition in production not only of wines with controlled appellation, but also several kinds of liqueurs and brandies. They started the modern production in 1995 when they were producing only 300 hectoliters, and since 2002, when they organized the new company Hercegovina produkt d.o.o. started their sudden rise, because they were recognized by the consumers as a synonym for quality, so today their capacities exceed 25.000 hectoliters.
This is a light summer wine, ideal for the heats. You will gladly enjoy on any occasion. It has a nice crystal clear, greenish-yellow hue. Already its aroma emits strength characteristic for southern wines with a lot of sun in them. It reveals tropical fruits, pineapple, kiwi, with a trace of spice aromas and cloves. The wine is very extract, potent, full with a clearly recognizable varietal aroma so you won’t easily mistaken it with some other wine or variety. Zilavka is so characteristic, and this characteristic, apart from the vineyard and the vinification process, Zilavka gets some from a slightly longer aging in the bottle. In regard to the balance of alcohol and acids (12.5 percent) and acids, we have no complaints, and the entire composition is so harmonious, that we warmly recommend this Zilavka, because it has an excellent price to quality ration, and a uniqueness that can only come from the Herzegovina karst, where every handful of land is worth gold. The aftertaste reveals a dose of deliciosity. Simply said, one sip calls for the other.
Best paired with:
light summer dishes, vegetables, cold salad, but also pairs well with lamb, especially boiled, brudet of eel and other freshwater and saltwater fish. We recommend sheep “cheese in a sack”.