Little Blue Gem
About the Wine Maker
An hour's drive north of the stunning walled city of Dubrovnik, the Pelješac Peninsula extends roughly 40 miles out into the Adriatic. Its extremely steep hill sides are covered in pine forest, olive trees, figs, herbs, and head-trained vines. The precipitous south facing sea cliff vineyards of Dingač are Croatia’s first protected wine region and the most famous site for Plavac, having a history of wine making going back 1000's of years. Vinarija (winery) Dingač takes its name from this special site. It was founded in 1937 by 550 winegrowing households contributing as one collective, and since the privatisation which followed the fall of Communism in the 1990's, the number has dropped to 300, but their challenges and successes are still shared.
The Dingač ‘Plavac’ is sourced from grapes grown in the fertile interior Župa Valley. Motorised vehicles and mechanical harvesting are impossible and its for this reason that the stubborn donkey adorns the Vinarija Dingač labels and without whom, grape cultivation here would not have been possible. The near constant exposure to the sun, reflective heat from the Adriatic, drainage in the rocky soil and the cooling “Bura” winds create a perfectly suited terroir for these head-trained and dry farmed vines.
About the Wine
This is the most traditional wine among our offerings from the famed Dingač vineyard on the steep coast in Southern Dalmatia. No barrique (oak) was used, only the best Plavac Mali fruit fermented and matured in large barrels.
The winery stopped using donkeys to haul the harvested grapes some time ago. They advanced from workers in the field to mascots on the label.