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The "4 terre" Istrian experience ...

Updated: Jun 14, 2019


4 terre experience - Cattunar

Being the wine lovers that we are, any time we visit a new region we do a little research into the wine-making traditions, due, simply, to intellectual curiosity, as well as to make the all-important tasting experience more enjoyable! Our basic research into Istrian viticulture informed us of the 3 soil types that dominate the peninsula - Red, White & Grey - and the unique characteristics of each, that give the region's wine such depth and diversity. Right ? Well, so we thought, until we stumbled upon Cattunar ...


A number of years ago, five Croatian scientists identified four different soil types within the vineyards of the family owned winery. This discovery inspired Franco & Vesna Cattunar to divide their terroir into distinct "climates" or zones and since 2010 they have produced four different malvasias from the four different soil types. Intriguing for sure ...

So how different can 4 wines actually be, when produced from the same grape variety in neighbouring vineyards? We were up to challenge of discovery - for scientific purposes of course!


Arriving at the wine estate in Nova Vas, just outside Brtonigla, we settled in for the unique 4 terre experience ... Our results: the White was easy, the Grey elegant, the Red sharp and the Black smooth ...


Tempted to take the "4 terre" taste test ? You should be ... Enjoy the experience and share your results ...

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