From the idyllic Southern Burgenland and proud Vas County, both in Western-Pannonia, to the most northern European wine pioneers in Groesbeek and the historically rich Saale-Unstrut river landscape, trekking and tasting around in green Vipava valley, biking alongside the sweet slopes and Danube strands of Ilok-Srijem, until finding endless sun, funny people and full bodied wines in the mountains of Bullas.
Considering wine tradition, Srijem had a very turbulent past. Archaeological findings are indicating that viticulture was introduced to the area at the time of the Ancient Romans. Their renowned tradition was continuously developed through the Middle Ages, which was disturbed under the Turkish siege of the area. When the Turks left the region, during the late Middle Ages, new lords, the noble family of Odelschalchi, reestablished old viticulture traditions which have been flourishing in the area ever since.
Characteristic varietals of the region are Traminac (Traminer) and Grasevina (Welschriesling), although the latter is far more popular today. However, one hundred years ago the situation was very much different, with Traminac having been a leading regional varietal. In this region, Traminac is produced as a dry or semi-dry wine. This quality makes Croatian Traminac quite special.
Grasevina, on the other hand, is a very popular varietal on the Croatian market, showing tremendous potential in the area. With a significant reduction in cropping and timely harvesting, Grasevina is distinguished by flowery and fruity scent with a defined, tangy, juicy and refreshing flavor.
This region proved itself as a welcoming place for all Burgundy varietals, Silvaner, Cabernet Sauvignon, Blaufrankisch and other sorts. The slopes of Fruska Gora are used for the cultivation of special wines. Ice Wines, which are successful on a regular basis, together with dry wines are awarded gold medals at many prestigious competitions worldwide.
Fortified city walls, castle of Odeschalchi counts with the meticulously maintained renaissance garden, church and monastery of St.John Capistran, centuries old wine cellars and rare remains of the Ottoman architecture are part of old, urban city core, one of the best preserved and most interesting in this part of Croatia. Here you will discover the story of Nicolas of Ilok, grand duke, governor and king, of St.Capistran, apostle of the Christian Europe, etc.
Visitors can sightseeing the picturesque, preserved, magnificently restful landscape, visit numerous wine cellars around wine road route in town, which offer quality wine tasting and enjoy domestic atmosphere and various gastronomic choice.
Visit our Danube's kingdom of wine in January, when on St. Vincent Day we bless vineyards. In the cellars of Ilok winemakers you'll find good wine, home-made food and the sound of tamburitza.