Situated just outside Dingač Tunnel on your way to Orebić, this winery can’t be missed. Madirazza has an impressive selection and is actively growing on the international market. With the most wines to choose from and the largest variety overall, this winery should definitely make it on your list.
The family was in the wine-making business for as long as anyone can remember, but only since the fall of communism has the winery operated how it does today. Madirazza is very passionate about their wines. They actively pursue the international market and have an increasing presence each year. They listen to the voices of their customers and have adapted different blends and techniques to appeal to a broader market. From wine to herbed oils and liquors, Madirazza has won 11 gold medals for the quality of their product.
Your Quick Guide to Madirazza
How to Get There: On your way into Orebić you will pass through the town of Potomje. You cannot miss it! The winery is a large red building that is easy to spot. Potomje is about a 20 minute drive from Orebić.
Things to Know: Madriazza produces their wines for their consumers. They love exciting people into the world of wine, and nothing makes them happier than having something for everyone. Unlike others in the region, here you will really find wine to suite everybody’s taste. Critics may say that only amateurs offer such a large selection, but Madriazza wholeheartedly disagrees! Our host prides herself on knowing what different consumers are after in their wines, and it is largely due to her that the family’s selection has grown from five to fifteen offerings in just ten years. And with 11 prestigious awards under their belt, I would say they know what they’re doing.
Be Sure to Sample: The Plavac Mali Barrique. This wine was conceptualized by our host, Emina, and is lightly oaked. Their prized Plavac Mali Dingać is also a must try. It is deep and complex and really showcases the capabilities of this varietal.
Also, Grk! Madirazza is one of the only wineries in the world that produces this varietal, and consequentially Grk is one of the hardest words for non-natives to properly pronounce; it goes something like this: grr-ik. The “I” is to be spoken incredibly softly and the whole word should be spoken in like 1.21 syllables, not two as you might think.
Our Favorites: Of all nine (!) wines that we sampled, our three favorites were the Plavac Mali Barrique, the and the Grk. Emina, our host, finds it particularly interesting how visitors from different countries tend to prefer certain wines over others that other countries prefer.
She was amused with how much Americans seek out this Grk wine and we were no exception! You read about it everywhere and learn about its history and how rare it is…how could you not want to try it?! Not only did we try it, but we also took some home 🙂 It was creamy and smooth with a wonderful medley of vanilla, caramel, and oak.
Points of Pride: Madirazza was chosen to serve their wine to the Pope when he visited Croatia. Pretty dope.
Future Outlook: Madirazza is a name looking to put Croatia on the map. They attend all major wine fares and strive to produce an internationally appealing product. They are ever expanding at a comfortable pace while staying true to their brand.
Who to Meet: Emina. She was a terrific host who had an incredibly deep knowledge of wine. Friendly and energetic, she embodies the family’s fun-loving attitude. You can get in touch with her here: Madirazza Winery