The tradition of immersing and emerging wine in Ika
In the vicinity of Opatija, in Ika, the event ‘Vino i Vruja/Wine and sea springs’ has been held for six years. A group of enthusiasts of the Ikarski barkajoli association, with the support of the Tourist Board of the City of Opatija and the City of Opatija, bring to light the wines of renowned Croatian winemakers. They matured in ideal conditions at the springs of Ikarian springs for a year or two.
Ikarian springs are a geological phenomenon and represent the sources of distant sinkholes from the depths of the karst area, Učka, even the distant Alps. After rainy days, the hot springs “work,” they become active, and the bottom of the bay becomes dug by streams of strong torrents from the depths. Thus, the hot springs bring cold water underground, and because of the brackish water, the bay is a habitat rich in fish, especially sea bass and conger eels. Springs are also an ideal natural “cellar” for maturing wine.
The event “Wine and Vruja” is an exciting tourist product that creates added value for the destination, especially foreign guests who get to know our heritage through gastronomy and enology.
Last year, on August 3, 2019, approximately 4,000 bottles of wine from the Iločki podrumi, Miklaužić, Kabola, Prelac, Bruno Ferenac, Giulio Ferenac, Fuhtar, and Pavlomir wineries were placed in the sea, and it emerged after a year of “aging in the sea cellar”. “7” cages “of wine with approx. 3,000 bottles.
Ilok cellars are 5.08.2018. immersed in the Icarian hot two, specially made cages for these wines, in which each bottle has its place and space around which the sea can write its unique signature, a total of 1300 bottles of wine. Last year was emerged only one cage with a total of 650 bottles of GRAŠEVINA Velika berba 2011, while the second cage, has about 100 bottles of wine Traminac Principovac vintage 2015 has emerged this year.
Beautiful scenes of immersion and wine extraction occurred this year on the first Saturday in August in cooperation with divers from the Opatija Public Fire Brigade, the Opatija Voluntary Fire Brigade, and local divers.
Unfortunately, this year, due to epidemiological measures, the now traditional event “Wine and Hot Springs” was not held. It usually took place on the same day in the evening on Icarus Square, where often Croatian winemakers participating in this project offer wine tastings, local dishes, and cheerful music programs.
When you go to Croatia, and if it happens in August, we hope to see you in Opatija.
Ilok cellars are the first vertical tasting of Graševina great vintage 2011 from the Cellar, which was evaluated by the absolute authorities of the wine profession “One of the best dry-aged Graševina of this century”.
A detailed vertical tasting of this truly Great Wine, is the “original” Graševina Velika vintage 2011, which has matured all these years in our “Old Cellar” from 1450, under the watchful patronage of our Vera Zima, the main oenologist of Ilok cellars, Graševina VB 2011, is forthcoming. additionally matured in the Adriatic for a year and this one which ’emerged from the sea’ after two years.
The sea is the source of life, it is loved and respected, it creates and gives; guards and defends; talks and listens; sings and dances at the same time. It caresses and enriches the body and spirit of both man and the wines that believe in him.
It’s a story about wines with a touch of the Adriatic Sea, wines from the oldest and most awarded Cellar in Croatia, wines interwoven with the Danube power, the pride of tradition, and the character of Principovac, a unique wine-growing position of the Croatian Danube region. These wines have initially been bottled on the estate 200 years before the leading names of the old continent’s top wines, where wine was and remained the source and lifestyle.
Wines for every occasion, wines for special events, wines to enjoy, wines to remember, wines worthy of royal courts and wines with a touch of the Adriatic!
Wines of Ilok cellars
Thanks to Carmela Tancabel and Ilok Cellars