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Gortan winery

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Gortan winery - Pazin, middle Istria

I fell in love with viticulture and wine making 40 years ago, when I was only 15 years old. I've grown to love that job because I had seen how my parents' hard work combined with the gift of nature result in a superior product. That was the moment I decided to continue my education in this field and make a living for my family and myself.

I've been full of enthusiasm from the very beginning of my career in viticulture. During this period we were cultivating merely around 1500 grapevines. They were mainly of the endemic Malvasia sort which is still present in our vineyeard. Our vineyard is currently 15 ha in size and consists of around 50 000 vines.  Apart from Malvasia, red sorts of grapes such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from which we produce top-quality red and rose wine, are also represented in our vineyard. White Malvasia grape is the most famous sort of grapevine in Istria and it makes up more than 80% of our vineyard's surface. The rest are the previously mentioned red sorts.

Back when we first started with our wine making business it was really tough. We didn't have the modern equipment to quickly farm our vineryard nor to process our grapes. Nowadays we own a number of devices which enable a quality process with less hand work.

Our whole family is engaged in the wine production process and so the family tradition lives on. The goal is to augment our capacities and quantity of produced wine.

Furthermore, we will conclude the successful 2016 with an opening of a brand new wine tasting room – one of the first of its kind in this region. Our guests will be given a complete first-hand experience: a tour of our stunning vineyard and a closer look at a variety of grape sorts, an opportunity to visit our cellar and witness the wine production and storage process and lasty, taste a number of different wine products in our newly built tasting room.



The vineyard is situated in Lovrin, a small village in the Pazin region (Istria County), in the heart of the Istrian peninsula near the river Pazinčica. Middle Istria is well-known for its intact nature, numerous vineyards and small towns rich in history and heritage. The Pazin region is home of the famous Pazin Malvasia. This dry soft wine slightly differs from the other wines in the Malvasia group. It is recognisable by its gentle flowery, fruit-like aroma and can be paired with various dishes.

Since the ancient times, Istria has been a synonym for countless vineyards and high-quality wine. Geographically speaking, Istria's location is very convenient for viticulture. Pliny the Elder wrote about the development of Istrian viticulture back in the Roman Empire. According to the data from 1841, Istria consisted of 16 901 ha in vineyards, out of which 6 029 ha were strictly used for grapevine cultivation. Today, Istria counts only 2 347 ha in vineyards and more than half – 1 513 ha, is used for Malvasia Istriana cultivation. Apart from Malvasia, other endemic sorts such as Terrano, Hrvatica, Moscato Rosa di Parenzo, Borgat etc are being cultivated. Foreign sorts like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay are commonly produced in Istria as well.

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  • +385 (0)99 437 9618
  • +385 (0)98 254 487
  • +385 (0)91 622 8022
  • Lovrin bb, Pazin