Centered in the Prapratno cove valley next to Ponikve village, the Miloš family has been producing wine on this land for centuries. The communist regime prohibited individualized, private wineries, but after the dissolution of communism in 1991, Vinarija Miloš immediately began selling to the public.
Today the winery is bottling 40,000-50,000 liters a year, making it one of the largest producers in the region, and even has achieved success outside of the Croatia with the US as one of the most demanding markets.
Your Quick Guide to Miloš
How to Get There: There’s only one choice of road when driving into Pelješac, and highway 414 is it. Just an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik, you’ll find Vinarija Miloš minutes outside Ston’s old town. After passing the second largest stone wall in the world look right and — boom — there’s Miloš. Boljenovići 15, 20230, Ston, Croatia
Things to Know: If you’re looking to pair tonight’s dinner with a bottle of wine, pick up a bottle of Miloš’ Stagnum Plavac Mali. The uniquely sandy soil and cool, humid climate of Prapratno cove accounts for the earthy notes you won’t find in other reds around the peninsula. The bold minerality of these wines complement the old European style in which they were made, and whether you’re preparing heavy meat, tuna steaks, or grilled veggies for dinner you’ll find these wines give way to the flavors of the dish — without the competition of that of fruit-forward vintages.
Be Sure to Sample: Miloš Stagnum Plavac Mali: this wine is made the exact same way their ancestors were making it the 1400s.
Our Favorites: All of the wines at Miloš were well done, but the best part about our visit was the impromptu vineyard tour from Ivan Miloš himself. After we had expressed interest in seeing the fields, Ivan checked his schedule and we were able to book an impromptu ride in his SUV. To make the experience even more personal, he drove us up to the top of their beautifully terraced vineyard himself and explained the changes this land has seen across his family’s different generations.
Points of Pride: As believers in the slow-food movement (a European movement very similar to farm-to-table in the US), the men at Miloš practice what they preach. Every grape is organically grown and harvested by hand on the slippery dolomite slopes of the family’s handcrafted vineyards. All fermentation occurs naturally as well.
Future Outlook: The dudes at Miloš are happy where they stand — as they should be — and only plan to expand their plot of land for aesthetic purposes in the upcoming years. For now they proudly represent the slow-food movement as they’ve chosen to focus their efforts on preserving the biological flora indigenous to the land that has been in the family for over 600 years. Passed down for generations upon generations (this family has been chillin’ on this land since the 1400s!) this soil has seen drastic change throughout the years, and in an effort toward biological preservation, the Miloš family plants much more than grapevines on the land. Herbs for teas, olives for their oils — these are just a few of the ways Miloš Winery stands by the “Old European Style.”
Who to Meet: Ivan Miloš. He’s your man.