The island of Vis is an invaluable Mediterranean gem, known for its preserved natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, beautiful sea views, relaxed locals - and a winemaking tradition that goes deep into the past.
A long tradition with ancient roots
Many historical events took place on the island of Vis, the island once inhabited by the ancient Illyrians, Greeks, Romans... Archaeological findings confirm that it was inhabited already in prehistoric times, and in ancient times it became an important destination for ancient Greek colonizers who founded the historic settlement of Issa near today’s town of Vis. Thanks to the pleasant Mediterranean climate and a fertile soil, the winemaking story in this part of the Adriatic began very early, more than two millennia ago. Wine vessels and coins with printed symbols of vines and wine jugs were found on Vis Island and the neighbouring Hvar Island, dating back to 6th century BC. Without a doubt, Vis Island was highly ranked among ancient wine lovers, as evidenced by the records of the Greek historian Agatharchides from the 2nd century BC in which it is stated that Vis wines are better than all the others! Ultimately, the entire history of the island is closely linked to winemaking and viticulture, and in the early 20th century as much as a third of its area was planted with vines.
The legendary Vugava
Vis Island is home to many indigenous grape varieties with famous names such as Crljenak Viški, Glavanjuša, Krstičevica, Palaruša, Kurtelaška and Tanetova. Plavac Mali, one of the most famous varieties of central and southern Dalmatia, is also strongly represented in these vineyards. However, the wine story of our island is incomplete without Vugava (or Bugava as the locals still call it), which is definitely one of the highest quality white grape varieties in Croatia. Vugava has been grown on Vis Island since ancient times, and it is most widespread right here. It is characterized by its refined fruit aroma, drinkability, freshness and high percentage of alcohol, and thanks to its high concentration of sugar, it is traditionally used for making sweet Prošek. It is certainly important for true gourmets to know that Vugava goes well with shellfish, squid, shrimp and white fish, while as Prošek it goes extremely well with hard cheeses. Come to the magical island of Vis, taste the famous Vugava and experience a wine story that has lasted since time immemorial. Cheers!
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