Our family has been tending vineyards since time immemorial. However, it was not before Vino-Hvar d.o.o. was established that we started producing our own wines: the Caric wines.
We tend about 5 ha of vineyards in a number of different areas across Vinogorje Hvar (a specially designated winegrowing area), while a minor amount of grapes is purchased from contracted growers. We grow a number of indigenous varieties, such as Plavac Mali, Bogdanjusa, Kuc, Marastina, Darnekusa and Posip.
The Starigrad Ager vineyards
We own a number of separate plots between Jelsa and Stari Grad. The original parcellisation has been preserved thanks to the centuries-long efforts of Hvar’s peasants, who guarded and restored the Greek dry walls. We are proud that our work contributes to the preservation of this unique agrarian environment. This is where we mostly grow our white varieties, such as Bogdanjusa, Kuc, Marastina and Posip, which we use to produce our three whites: Bogdanjusa, Cesarica, and Caric White Table Wine.
The Bonde vineyards
These are terraced vineyards delimited by dry walls, each covering no more than a very small area. The variety grown here is Plavac Mali.
The lie of the land in the Bonde area makes the use of mechanization very difficult, but the soil drains well and the natural ventilation is good. As a result, the area poses fewer demands in terms of preventing grape and vine pests and diseases.
The Plaze vineyards
We have vineyards in several locations along the island’s south flank. The largest is in Zavala, and the steepest near the hamlet of Ivan Dolac in the Zakupica area. The high average amount of sun hours, the steep gradient, and the carbon-rich, very skeletal soil all account for our best-quality fruit, which we use for our flagship wines: Plavac Ploski and Plavac Ploski Barrique. Work in these steep vineyards is manual. Nevertheless, because of their favourable exposure and the freely draining soil, it is very rare that any treatment, other than the use of sulphur, is called for.