Here, where Alpine and Mediterranean climates meet in harmony, is the home of the Malvasia Istriana grape variety, though it is also found across the Italian border. And here, on this most northerly Adriatic peninsula, Vina Laguna Festigia takes Istria’s celebrated grape to a new pitch.
In 2011, the summer was warm and ripe grapes were hand-picked early, then immediately chilled to preserve the true fruit and floral aroma of Malvasia at its peak, with a finishing note of acacia blossom honey.
Dry yet round and long, this is perfect served at 10-120 Celsius, with fresh seafood and nothing more than drops of lemon juice and a drizzle of fine Istrian olive oil.
International Wine Challenge 2013, London, SILVER
Decanter World Wine Awards 2013, London; BRONZE
Vinistra 2012, Poreč Croatia – GOLD
Decanter 2012, London, BRONCA
Femmes et vins du Monde 2012, Monaco, SILVER
Finger Lakes Wine Competition 2012, USA, GOLD
Citadelles du vin 2012, Francuska, GOLD
San Francisco Wine Competition 2012, SILVER