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There are over 3500 wine grape varieties in the world and 80% of all wine is made from four: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Even worse, most producers are not organic and use the same commercial yeasts and additives. You can’t tell wines from one producer apart from another. Then there are styles dictated by media and star-reviewers that all direct consumers to a particular, narrow taste. Imagine if you were to wear the same style of shoes all your life. Or eat just one type of pizza. How boring.

At Plavinci organic winery we make wine from rare grape varieties and their aromas and tastes are unlike anything you may have had a chance to try. It is exciting, adventurous and ultimately pleasing to your senses to try something new. And excellent too! Although they are organic, our wines won many medals in international competitions with conventional wines.

Ćilibar is made from Panonia grapes, commercially grown by only four producers in the world. This grape was selected by dr. Petar Cindrić, dr. Nada Korać and Vladimir Kovač at the University of Novi Sad. Their work on interspecies hybridization began as far back as 1975, and in the early 1990’s they begun work on what will be recognized as Panonia in 2003. On the mother’s side Panonia descends from a crossing of East Asian species Vitis amurensisa (Kumbarat x Tramini), which has short vegetative period and high frost tolerance, and from the French Villard blanc (Bianca), which provides resistance. On the father’s side is Riesling, which provides the characteristic taste and aroma.

We are the only grower of Regent grapes in warm climates, which we use for our Indigo wine. Regent was created in 1967 by dr. Gerhardt Alleweldt at the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI) in Germany in an attempt to make a cold-weather variety capable of producing highest quality, Mediterranean style red wine in Germany. Mother is a French variety Chambourcin (Villard blanc x Chancellor), with ancestry highly resistant to cold and diseases, while father is new clone Diana (Silvaner x Mueller Thurgau) that has Riesling in multiple lines of its ancestry.

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Our rosé Ramonda is made from Marselan. Marselan is a red French wine grape variety that is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. It was first bred in 1961 by Paul Truel at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA). Originally intended as a large-berry, high-yielding variety, it actually produced small berry high quality grape. The crossing was considered unsuccessful until quality wine producers discovered it in 1990. It has strong disease resistance to botrytis bunch rot and powdery mildew as well as to coulure and mites. Marselan tends to produce deeply colored and highly aromatic wines that have supple tannins and the potential to age.

Our rosé Ramonda is made from Marselan. Marselan is a red French wine grape variety that is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. It was first bred in 1961 by Paul Truel at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA). Originally intended as a large-berry, high-yielding variety, it actually produced small berry high quality grape. The crossing was considered unsuccessful until quality wine producers discovered it in 1990. It has strong disease resistance to botrytis bunch rot and powdery mildew as well as to coulure and mites. Marselan tends to produce deeply colored and highly aromatic wines that have supple tannins and the potential to age.