Grapes: Debit + Marastina + Plavina + Lasin
Region: Primosten, Croatia
Soils: Terra Rosa
Vinification: 35% 7 hour maceration, 65% 3 day maceration; spontaneous co-fermentation in neutral oak
Aging: 9 months
Fining or Filtering: None
Sulfur: None added
Notes from the Importer: Kreso Petrekovic, a former somm, wine professional, and importer in New York, found himself in his coastal house in Primošten at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Passionate about the area, its unique terroir, and Babić grape variety, Kreso always advocates drinking wines made by the local farmers who have no or very little commercial success. This zeal is how he found Josipa and Neno Marinov, a local couple producing wine from Babić, “as their elders did 100 years ago, with some improvements” a few years ago. The pair was selling wines in plastic bottles on the side of the road.
Together with Neno, they discovered nearly abandoned winemaking facilities of a local co-op. This site is where most of the growers in the area would sell their grapes. The closing of the co-op would have devastating effects on the entire local wine-growing community. The opportunity to take over was too good to pass on, and it was also necessary to keep the tradition alive. Joined by another friend and wine professional, Niko Dukan, the three of them founded Vinas Mora, with Kreso at its helm.
A play on words in Croatian, the winery name means “wines from the sea” because of the vineyard’s proximity to the Adriatic. Most of the growers involved farm vineyards only a few meters above sea level, where Babić vines literally grow in the rocks