Croatian Wine Festival - 2022
 Long table lunch

Sunday 9th October, Mandoon Estate

The Western Australian Croatian Chamber of Commerce was proud to hold its 2022 Croatian Wine Festival at Mandoon Estate, Western Australia. This event was a celebration of Croatian heritage wine makers within Western Australia contributing to the wine industry.

Showcased with wine tasting and exhibitors - Nikola Estate, Kosovich Wines, Mann vineyards, Yagmich Estate, Auric Barrels – Slavonian Oak and Gomboc Galleries.

It was an honour to have Her Excellency Betty Pavelich – the Croatian Ambassador to Australia attend with Zoran Sangut the consul of the republic of Croatia in Western Australia and Ivor Condic. Also the Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC - Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry and Member for the South West Region. Ljiljanna Ravlich – Past MLC and Minister for Education in Western Australia, inaugural and life member of the Western Australia Croatian Chamber of Commerce and Eric Ripper – Past Deputy Premier and Treasurer of WA. Also attended Dr David Honey MLA The Liberal member for Cottesloe and Leader of the WA Liberal Party and Councillor of WA Local government – City of Stirling - Tony Krsticevic.

Immigrant families came to Western Australia over 145 years ago settling here to create amazing vineyards and to produce amazing wine. We were so proud to have some of the leaders that have won bronze, silver and gold medals across many wine judged events in Western Australia with us at this inaugural event.

We had many topics to discuss about wine in Western Australia, the Swan Valley, across Australia and in Croatia. With VinArt a leading wine judge organisation in Zagreb and the European union – judging over 120 wines within Croatia and overseas – promoting “wine culture”.

All within this year that also marks the celebration of the 32nd anniversary of Croatian Statehood Day, as well as celebrating the 30th anniversary of Australia recognising Croatia and setting up diplomatic relations.

We had a wine panel discussion with: Anthea Mann from Mann Vineyards;

Graeme Jukich from Nikola Estate; and John Kosovich from Kosovich Wines.

Also presentations with Ron Gomboc, from Gomboc Galleries our world class sculptor and Auric Barrels – Slavonian Oak product barrels with Francika Jelavic Roberts, Vice-President of the WA Croatian Chamber of Commerce and board director WA for the Aus-NZ Croatian Women in Leadership.

Dennis Yagmich – Yagmich Estate, Life member of the Western Australian Croatian Chamber of Commerce and our team lead for this event, with amazing work by Sally Yagmich.

Also with the leaders and members of the Croatian community and sports organisations: Laura and Jure Denona – Gwelup Croatia and Hrvatski Dom – Croatia House, Dean Zlendic - Western Knights Soccer Club, WA Croatian Community Centre - Anthony Sumich, Zrinka Vlasic – Hrvatska Folklorna Groupa Zagreb , Anthony Radich and Darlene Gianoli from The Lado Croatian Folkloric Ensemble of Western Australia.

Phil Walleystack from the Indigenous Arts Foundation and First Australians Cyber Security whom we are so proud to work with across many of our past events and to present our Welcome to Country. All hosted at this amazing venue – Mandoon Estate with an extraordinary culinary experience – long table lunch with Allan Erceg’s team led by Travers O'Raffferty. We were privileged to have outstanding entertainment by Vjeran Duplancic, who also performed our Australian and Croatian national anthems.

The major announcement was the WA Croatian Chamber of Commerce 2022 “Master of Wine” Award to John Kosovich from Kosovich Wines. Kosovich Wines has been in Western Australia for just over 100 years and John has been judged as our 'majstor od vino' across all aspects of wine production.

Followed by our Folklore groups Hrvatska Folklorna Grupa Zagreb - Perth Western Australia and The Lado Croatian Folkloric Ensemble of Western Australia outstanding performances.

Amazing floral gifts and arrangement by Be Botanics – our leading Western Australian floral and interior stylist services provider: Jasmin Jukic Biagioni.

Following on from this Croatian wine festival we are organising a wine tour across Croatia in July 2023 with dreamtime events and Meeting-G2 - Tonci Buterin. Contact the chamber for more information.

Folklore groups

Hrvatska Folklorna Grupa Zagreb - Perth, Western Australia

The Lado Croatian Folkloric Ensemble of Western Australia


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