Milo¡ Winery Croatian Organic Wine

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While standing on slopes of vineyards carved out of a mountainside, you wonder how Milo¡ Winery produces any wine at all — let alone some of the best organic wines in Croatia. Terraces march up the face of the mountain, leveling off just enough to allow a jeep to bounce its way halfway up. From this height, you admire an amphitheater of Plavac Mali grapes swaying in the ocean breezes. It is bone dry here in the summer, but the grapes draw moisture from the limestone-rich soil, which is adept at holding humidity. Below you, the lone road traversing the  Peninsula wends out of sight around a bend and sparkling blue seas extend in every direction.

The Plavac Mali grape is revered in this part of the world, the long lost relative or perhaps even forefather, of the much more famous Zinfandel. No matter the exact origins, the grape stands on its own  though too often a tannic bomb best cellared for years, if not decades. The sun is relentless here, making for big wines that can easily spin out of control. Only the cool ocean breezes can rein in this monster — or a storied winemakers like Frano Milos, whose family has lived in these parts for nearly 500 years.

Milo wines have been made for generations, though only after the fall of Communism did they have the ability to be sold under the family name. Indeed, Franos was the first Croatian winery to launch as a private business in those early days of the new republic. From the start, he eschewed modern techniques for tradition and he continues to work in what can only be described as “the old ways. Certified organic, the wines are made with minimal intervention, including no added yeast and only a small amount of sulfur added just before fermentation. The wines also age much longer than is the norm. As Franos son Ivan told us during our tasting, the goal of his fathers winemaking is to achieve elegance.

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You can taste both the entry level Plavac and the Stagnum range, made with Plavac Mali grapes from vines over thirty years old. We started with a 2013 Stagnum Rose which was intense, with a good balance of acidity and minerality. The 2010 Plavac, billed as an entry wine, but far more than that, was the opposite of tannin bombs you find elsewhere. The alcohol level sat at a reasonable 13.6% and the resulting wine was softer and more enjoyable than other Plavacs we tried in the region. The 2006 Stagnum, a current release no less, was herbaceous and savory with a hint of spice followed by dry finish. 2003 Stagnum, by turns, was intense with good tannins and showed the potential for greatness, but would benefit from at least another five years of aging. Incredibly, this wine was aged for 3 ½ years in barrel and another 6 ½ years in bottle before being released. We finished with two very good sweet wines, a 2007 Stagnum Semi-Sweet and the 2007 Stagnum Dessert Wine. The former was more fruit forward than sweet, while the latter had a balanced sweetness, raisin-y with great structure.

If you should find your way to the paradise that is the Croatian Coast, do drop in on the family and taste some wines. Admire the stunning photos Frano takes, which adorn the old winerys walls. And before you leave, pick up some tea full of Mediterranean herbs like sage, germander, rosemary, heather, bindweed and St. John’s Wort that grow on the surrounding lands.

Wine is also an opportunity for a connoisseur to begin a new hobby. Wines are incredibly varied, and the differences between one bottle and another, or one vintage and another, can be staggering. Having a good knowledge of wines and the different grapes that make them can be incredibly interesting, as well as valuable information to have when visiting a restaurant or wine merchant.

In recent years many vineyards have started to experiment with different methods for wine fermentation and flavoring. There are many wines available now that have different alcohol contents and flavor structures to try and open up wine to more people, and offer them wines that are more approachable for the new consumer.

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Miloš Winery
Boljenovići 15, Ston, Croatia
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By Michael Tulipan

is the Editor of TheSavvyExplorer.com, a travel guide for sophisticated independent travelers on a budget.