INSPIRED FROM STONE
Clockwise from the top:
Stina vineyards - wine crafted from stone; Tanya in the Stipančic vineyard on Brač; Stina Winery in Bol
Wine making is an ancient tradition in and around the island of Brač, with deep roots and a long history dating back to when the Greeks introduced the first vines there around the 5th century BC. The winery that is today home to Stina, dates back to 1903 and is believed to be the closest in the world to the actual sea, enabling the workers in the old days to simply roll the barrels directly from land to ship. It was in 2009, after the devastation of phylloxera, that production of wine in Brač was revived with the arrival of Jako Andabak and the birth of Stina.
Stina's vineyards on the island are in the most extreme locations, imbedded in crushed stone, and should be on every wine adventurer's bucket-list. It is difficult to understand how the vines were first planted, let alone maintained and harvested. In places the gradient exceeds 45° with vines planted at up to 500m above sea level. These premium slopes - skeletal, stony, south-facing, with maximum exposure to the sun and the sea breezes - is the environment in which Dalmatia's flagship red grape, Plavac Mali, thrives, and where the flagship white, Pošip, has found a very unique & distinctive expression.
Stina's wines offer a true expression of indigenous grapes and of Dalmatia as a whole. Powerful reds with the well-known characteristics of sour cherries and Mediterranean herbs, along with beautifully crisp whites, with a strong structure, extreme minerality and saline notes - a true taste of the Adriatic!