International and local guests of the Festival and accredited media representatives will taste the wines of the celebrated winery of the Crvik family from Konavle region
The magical La Baja Beach of the RMH Lafodia Sea Resort on Lopud will be an ideal gathering place for tasting top local wines produced from the grapes of the Crvik family vineyards. The wine tasting is organized for guests of the Festival and the media representatives only.
The divine and characteristic flavours of Crvik wines will be presented by the distinguished sommelier Mira Šemić, the only female sommelier holding the wine academician title in the Balkans region. Workshop participants and Lopud restaurateurs who participate in the Ponta Lopud Gourmet program will have the opportunity to enjoy the wines as well. In addition to this particular occasion, Crvik wines will be served to guests at the welcome dinner in the Mandrač restaurant, and sold at reasonable prices to all festival visitors during and before film screenings on July 3 and 4 on La Baja beach.
The Crvik family has been growing vines for centuries, but produced wine for a little over 100 years, more precisely since 1897, when the first generation of the winemakers, that is, great-grandfather Andro, built his first wine cellar. The second and third generation, son Rado and grandson Andro, continued production and in 1958 planted a vineyard that still exists today. It became the focal point of the life of the family, who produced their wines during a very turbulent century. It was only after the founding of the Republic of Croatia that the family started a more serious production of wine, including bottling. In 1993, Andro Crvik, the third generation of winemakers in the family, turned a new page in the history of the winery, and expanded the production by building a modern winery. A number of awards at various competitions throughout Croatia followed.
The Crvik wines have won many awards and recognitions, both at national and international competitions. Some of them are a Five-star gold and Wine of the week title at Wine Stars in 2015 for the Vilin ples wine (vintage of 2011), bronze at IWC London 2015 for the same wine, and a grand trophy and championship award for red dry and semi-dry wines at international Sabatina festival of winemakers and winegrowers in 2017. Pomet Plavac mali won bronze at DWWA 2016 for the 2011 vintage and was declared the champion of red wines at the 1st national wine judging – HGK 2015. As for its 2012 vintage, it was declared the absolute winner at the Dubrovnik Festiwine 2015. Tezoro Malvasija 2015 won silver at the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards in London.
To end this story about top wines and pleasures of life, we’ll quote Mira Šemić herself: “Water is necessary for life, but wine is necessary for the joy of living“, which we believe sounds like the best invitation for the wine tasting.
Note: participation in the program is by invitation only.