HeadOnEast: A hedonistic wine paradise

Quiz question: what was the name of Osijek's Trg Sv. Trinity? Having in mind the love of former soldiers for a good drop and the wine-growing hills of Slavonia and Baranja, the answer can be only one - Wine Square. During the Habsburg, later Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, Baranja wine intended for innkeepers and soldiers was delivered here every Saturday and Wednesday. And today? Today, right next to the Water Gate Fortress, the only surviving of the four built in the early 18th century, is the Regional Wine Shop. It is a place where you can taste the wines of the Slavonian-Baranja vineyards and obtain a diploma of a seasoned hedonist. Here the spirit of winemaking history and culture meets the lifestyle of contemporary urban connoisseurs. Trying to resist them is futile work.

"The wines of Slavonia and Baranja have become more and more attractive and appreciated in recent years. The region is dominated by four vineyards: western or Feričanac, southern or Đakovo, northern or Baranja, and eastern or Erdut. Due to their impressive Danube position, the Baranja and Erdut vineyards are also considered the homeland of wine from the Danube. "

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Lives or "wine" and maternal or "mother", are Hungarian words from which the name of the province of Baranja was coined - wine mother. Woven into all the pores of its identity, the culture of wine in Baranja is visible at almost every step. Still, in some places it is particularly striking. Discover the lookout point on Banski brdo, on one of the most beautiful Croatian wine roads. Take a look at its center, the cellar in Kneževo Vinograd, the largest in Croatia. Stop then in Suza, a picturesque village where eyes tear with beauty. Don't be afraid of emotions, they are the characteristics of real hedonists! After all, an emotional compass will "align" your visit to another Baranja wine pearl, the Danube village of Zmajevac. In his gators - cellars dug in the water-dug gorges of the Surduci, the Wine Mother will reveal to you all the secrets of her white and black spells: Graševina, Pinot Noir and Gray, Traminer, Chardonnay, Rhine Riesling and Sauvignon; then frankincense, cabernet franc and sauvignon, merlot and pinot noir. Along the way, you may learn something about Crvena Marta, the evil ruler of the vineyards, and the godmother of Zmajevac (the Hungarian name of the village is Vörösmart or Red Martha).

“Every year at the beginning of June in Kneževi Vinogradi, Suza and Zmajevac, the Gator fest is held, a festival of good wine, pleasant living and useful activities! Namely, the organizers also think about the health of their visitors, for whom they organize a relaxing Baranja Wine & Walk tour every year ”

The tradition of Đakovo vineyards dates back to the Middle Ages, and has retained its mystique and perfection of taste to this day. In addition to the Archbishop's Palace, the basement of the Đakovo-Osijek Archdiocese is located next to the Đakovo Cathedral. In it you can taste the famous Đakovo Mass wines (they make every Mass celebration even more divine). In the Đakovo vineyards, Graševina stands out among the white varieties, as well as Traminer, one of the favorite varieties of eastern Croatia. Along with them, chardonnnay, Pinot Noir and Gray, Green Silvana and Rhine Riesling are also grown. The main black varieties are zweigelt, cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

The landscape of the Danube meander in the area of ​​the Municipality of Erdut is a protected landscape, and at the same time a base from which famous wines with rich flavors and aromas are obtained. The vine has been grown and worshiped here since the time of the Roman Empire. Today, the Erdut vineyards are dominated by Graševina, and in addition to it, Traminer, Chardonnay, Sauvignon white, Muscat Ottonel, Pinot Noir white and gray and Rhine Riesling stand out. Of the black varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Zweigelt are grown. Among several events that represent the Erdut eno- and gastro-offer, the medieval fair stands out Erdut Wine City. Through it, every May, two important determinants of the local area are united - the medieval heritage and the culture of wine.

“One of the largest European wooden barrels is carefully stored in Erdut cellars, but also used. As big as a one-bedroom apartment, it can hold 75.000 liters of Graševina! ”

The viticultural tradition has been nurtured since the 13th century by the area around the town of Feričanci, located on the slopes of Mount Krndija. The top wines there are still produced in the traditional way. In the Feričanci vineyards, the ratio of growing black and white varieties is almost equal, although the black variety Frankovka stands out in the first place. In addition to Graševina, chardonnay and Pinot Noir white and gray are grown, ie from the black varieties Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir.

"Austro-Hungarian countries were connected by Kaiser & König, but also Frankovka, a wine variety spread from Austria and the Czech Republic, to Vojvodina and Romania. Although the origin of the white variety of white white (Heunisch weisser), it is a black variety and the mostbolred wine of continental Croatia ”

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In addition to traditional wine celebrations such as January's Vinceška or Vinkovo, there is a growing number of modern wine events that combine hedonism, art and active vacation. Among them stand out: Osijek WineOs te Evenings of wine and art, erdutski Wine & Bike Tour Erdut, Wine Pine Marathon in Zmajevac and Frankovka Festival in Fericanci.

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