We have recently had the privilege of hosting esteemed judges and wine journalists from the renowned Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in organisation of Vinistra, Vina Dalmacije and Šibenik Region Tourist Board. This visit showcased the region’s rich viticultural heritage, particularly highlighting the diverse varietals that thrive in this captivating corner of the world. Among the varietals that took center stage during this tasting were Debit, Maraština, Pošip, Babić, and Plavac Mali, all of which are renowned for their unique characteristics and connection to the Šibenik Region. Let’s embark on a virtual journey to relish the unforgettable experience shared by these wine connoisseurs.

Discovering the Essence of North Dalmatia:

North Dalmatia, nestled along the stunning Adriatic coastline, has long been regarded as a hidden gem in the world of winemaking. The region boasts a perfect combination of favorable Mediterranean climate, diverse terroirs, and centuries-old winemaking traditions. This visit offered the judges and journalists a opportunity to delve into the soul of North Dalmatia’s viticulture and explore the distinct expressions of its indigenous grape varietals.

A Taste of Authenticity: Debit, Maraština, and Pošip:

The tasting commenced with a selection of white varietals that embody the essence of North Dalmatia. Debit, with its fresh and crisp profile, captivated the palate with its lively acidity, minerality and delicate citrus notes. Meanwhile, the Maraština grape revealed a complex character, showcasing aromas of ripe apricots, Mediterranean herbs, and a subtle saline tang—a true reflection of the region’s coastal influences. Pošip, an elegant and expressive varietal, presented itself with enticing floral aromatics, a luscious mouthfeel, and a captivating minerality.

Exploring the Bold Reds: Babić and Plavac Mali:

Transitioning from whites to reds, the judges and journalists were introduced to Babić and Plavac Mali, two red grape varietals that have become emblematic of the Šibenik Region. Babić, known for its deep ruby color and intense fruitiness, showcased bold flavors of blackberries, cherries, and a hint of spice. Meanwhile, Plavac Mali, a relative of the famous Zinfandel, presented a more robust character, characterized by its full-bodied structure, dark fruit notes, and an alluring touch of Mediterranean herbs. These red varietals exemplify the region’s ability to produce wines of power and elegance simultaneously.

The visit of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles judges and wine journalists to the North Dalmatia region was an extraordinary event that shed light on the exceptional wines originating from this picturesque corner of Croatia. Through the tasting of regional varietals such as Debit, Maraština, Pošip, Babić, and Plavac Mali, these esteemed guests had the privilege of experiencing the diversity, richness, and authenticity that define North Dalmatia’s winemaking landscape. This visit undoubtedly contributed to the elevation of the region’s reputation on the global wine stage and inspired wine enthusiasts worldwide to explore the remarkable wines North Dalmatia has to offer.

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