Four Soils project

Four Soils is our most important project. Four distinct, typical soil types of western Istria are identified in our vineyards by five scientists from Faculty of Agriculture (University of Zagreb) and Poreč section of Veleučilište Rijeka.

Žmergo location is on "siva zemlja" (gray soil), dusty soil with 25 percent share of lime.

Škrinjari location is on "crna zemlja" (black soil), actually a brown soil on the marlstone.

Grun location is on "crvena zemlja" (red soil), typical Istrian deep crljenica or terra rossa.

Škrilne location is on "bijela zemlja" (white soil), of a soil composition similar to “siva zemlja” but with the larger share of lime of 27 percent.

Wines Cattunar made for different malvasias in vintage 2013. Each wine is a product of a different soil and has one of four different label: “Siva Zemlja”, “Crna zemlja”, “Crvena zemlja” and “Bijela zemlja”. The wines are distinctly, some even dramaticly different. “Crna zemlja” is organoleptically by far the most elegant and fresh while “Siva zemlja” has the strongest body.

Technical analysis confirmed the organoleptic impressions - malvasia from “crna zemlja” gathers the least sugars, while malvasia from “siva zemlja” gathers the most. General acidity and PH values also vary singnificantly from soil to soil.

Cattunar family is proud that they are the first Istrians who defined it’s terroir as precisely demarcated microlocations inside a single vineyard that produce distinctly different wines in the same vintage.

We are very happy and grateful that 50 hectares of our vineyards contain all four of typical Istrian soils. Four Soils project drew huge attention of qualified local public as well as wider audiences. The project was given a detailed coverage in the prestigious “Jutarnji list” daily’s Saturday political supplement “Magazin” (September, 2014.) as well as in the food magazine "Iće i Piće".

Four Soils project

Four Soils is our most important project. Four distinct, typical soil types of western Istria are identified in our vineyards by five scientists from Faculty of Agriculture (University of Zagreb) and Poreč section of Veleučilište Rijeka.

Žmergo location is on "siva zemlja" (gray soil), dusty soil with 25 percent share of lime.

Škrinjari location is on "crna zemlja" (black soil), actually a brown soil on the marlstone.

Grun location is on "crvena zemlja" (red soil), typical Istrian deep crljenica or terra rossa.

Škrilne location is on "bijela zemlja" (white soil), of a soil composition similar to “siva zemlja” but with the larger share of lime of 27 percent.

Wines Cattunar made for different malvasias in vintage 2013. Each wine is a product of a different soil and has one of four different label: “Siva Zemlja”, “Crna zemlja”, “Crvena zemlja” and “Bijela zemlja”. The wines are distinctly, some even dramaticly different. “Crna zemlja” is organoleptically by far the most elegant and fresh while “Siva zemlja” has the strongest body.

Technical analysis confirmed the organoleptic impressions - malvasia from “crna zemlja” gathers the least sugars, while malvasia from “siva zemlja” gathers the most. General acidity and PH values also vary singnificantly from soil to soil.

Cattunar family is proud that they are the first Istrians who defined it’s terroir as precisely demarcated microlocations inside a single vineyard that produce distinctly different wines in the same vintage.

We are very happy and grateful that 50 hectares of our vineyards contain all four of typical Istrian soils. Four Soils project drew huge attention of qualified local public as well as wider audiences. The project was given a detailed coverage in the prestigious “Jutarnji list” daily’s Saturday political supplement “Magazin” (September, 2014.) as well as in the food magazine "Iće i Piće".

 

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