In Zagreb, June 30th 2023 - the inaugural WA Croatian Chamber of Commerce Wine Summit - was launching its wine tours across Croatia. Starting with Slavonia in 2023, a region renowned for its rich cultural heritage and picturesque landscapes, wine and cultural experience enthusiasts recently gathered to celebrate the launch of an exciting venture – the Slavonian Wine Tour. The event unfolded at Bornstein Wine Bar, setting the stage for a journey that promises to immerse visitors in the timeless art of winemaking and the unique flavours and cultural experience of the region.
Nestled amid vine-covered hills and villages, Slavonia has quietly become a hidden gem for wine lovers seeking something beyond the usual. The launch event at Bornstein Wine Bar aimed to showcase the diverse offerings of this enchanting region, bringing together winemakers, locals, and visitors alike.
The ambiance at Bornstein Wine Bar was nothing short of magical, casting a warm glow on exposed stone walls. Guests were welcomed with the melodic tunes of traditional Slavonian music, setting the mood for an evening of celebration and discovery.
The star of the evening was, of course, the wine. Bornstein Wine Bar curated an exquisite selection of Slavonian wines, allowing attendees to savor the distinct flavours and aromas characteristic of the region. From the robust Frankovka to the crisp Graševina, each sip told a story of the sun-soaked vineyards and the dedication of the local winemakers.
The launch event discuss the featured guided tours, giving attendees a sneak peek into the upcoming Slavonian Wine Tour itinerary. Participants were intrigued by the prospect of exploring family-owned vineyards, strolling through sun-drenched rows of grapevines, and tasting wines straight from the cellars. The tour promised an immersive experience, blending cultural discovery with the joy of tasting the finest wines Slavonia has to offer.
To complement the wine experience, Bornstein Wine Bar curated a menu of locally inspired delicacies. From artisanal cheeses to cured meats and traditional Slavonian dishes, the culinary offerings were carefully crafted to enhance the flavors of the wines. The aroma of the scents of aged cheeses, creating an atmosphere that delighted both the palate and the senses.
As the evening unfolded, toasts were raised, and glasses clinked in a celebration of Slavonian viticulture. The launch event of the Slavonian Wine Tour at Bornstein Wine Bar marked the beginning of a journey that promises to introduce a wider audience to the treasures hidden in this corner of the world.
Amazing presentation by HE Richard Rodgers the Australian Ambassador to Croatia, discussing Australian and Croatian wine collaboration and trade.
Sasa Spiranec – From Vinart
an International Wine Judge – also a judge for 2023 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) gave in-depth insights into the wine world in Europe and Australia's opportunities.
Branka Cubelic – Dreamtime Events - kicked off the tour itinerary across Slavonia.
Luke Jurcevic - WA Croatian Chamber of Commerce overview of achievements in 2023.