About the Wine Maker
Owner Ivica Matosevic, is considered a visionary in the wine industry. His journey began when he took a degree in landscaping and horticulture at the University of Zagreb, followed by a Ph.D. in Biotechnology in Italy, focusing on the potential of terroir.
Matosevic returned to Croatia in 1996 at a crucial point in the industry’s redevelopment, as director for Istria’s institute for managing natural protected areas. He bottled his own first vintage that year. In 2011 he established the association of Croatian wine producers to represent family estates and small producers.
His vineyards are located in the Istrian wine growing region in the northernmost part of the Mediterranean, on white and red earth, ideally exposed to sunlight, perfectly suiting a wine maker's needs. Matošević is on the 45th parallel, a latitude it shares with some of the most renowned wine growing regions in the world. Wine making in this region is steeped in tradition and forms an integral part of everyday life. Compared to Dalmatia, Istria is significantly cooler. This is due to the Adriatic Sea’s lower water temperatures, along with the higher altitudes of the Istrian hinterland.
About the Wine
Western Istrian wine region, Buje area. Vineyard is located near the Istrian village of Krasica. It produces extraordinary grapes in small yields. Th is 100% Istrian Malvasia is skin-fermented for several days, following which it is aged on fine lees in French oak and acacia barrels for 30 months. The wine has extraordinary power and unusual freshness, reminiscent of Malvasias produced in ancient Mediterranean style with a lot of tertiary aromas. It is produced only in exceptional vintages. Alba Antiqua is primarily aimed at gastronomy, to be paired with intensive dishes. It can also be served as a meditation wine.
Exceptional Istrian wine reminiscent of ancient Mediterranean style of winemaking.