About us / The legend of the Queens of wine, oil and salt, ancient wine production of western Istria and Cattunar family from Brtonigla

Many generations of family Cattunar are rooted in the terroir of western Istria. Franco Cattunar’s grandfather (Anton) was one of the owners of communal winery in Brtonigla before Second World War and his father was a grower. Franco Cattunar, founder and owner of Wines Cattunar, entered the familiy busniness 1985. as one of the first private growers and winemakers in Croatia during communist rule that until it’s crumble in the 1990s never encouraged private enterpreneurship.

Since the late 80s’ to present time, Cattunar family estate constantly expanded. Sprawled over 56 hectares today, their are probably the largest privately owned vineyards in Istria.

The wine production of western Istria and Brtonigla area is so deeply rooted in history and the spirit of it’s inhabitants, that it’s legendary.

One of the most widely known legend is one of the Three Queens (Tre Regine).

It says that there were three fortresses on the hills above Novigrad: San Dionisio, San Giorgio and Valaron. Locals call them “kašteliri”. Each of these three fortresses was a home of a queen: Queen of salt, Queen of Oil and Queen of wine. They ruled over production of the three noblest and most important things in Istria. Istrian people have always lived of olive oil, salt and wine. The legend of Three Queens may the most vivid commentary on how deep and still vital is tradition of winemaking in western Istria and Brtonigla. But it’s not all about legends, there are some very important historical facts, too.

For the whole area San Giorgio fortress was for centuries of utmost strategic importance. Millenia old fragments of clay bowls, mosaic pieces and bronze jewelries were found around the location. Byzantines and Florentines fought for San Giorgo during Middle Age and Genoan and Venetians tried to conquer it in later periods. That key strategic fort is dubbed Castello della Regina by locals.

We are extremely proud that our vineyards are situated in the area that had always honored the land and it’s fruits. Isn’t it a sign of timeless predisposition of this land of ours to offer the best wine and olive oil to those who truly respect it?

Today, Wines Cattunar produces around 400.000 bottles in different styles and ranks. Franco and his wife Vesna play the most important roles. Their daughter Nicole and son Edi are new generation of this family of winemakers who see the future in constant improvement of the quality of grapes and wine.

Cattunars of Brtonigla do their best and will persist in finding the best expressions of Istrian malvasia and teran from this noble and ancient terroir.

About us / The legend of the Queens of wine, oil and salt, ancient wine production of western Istria and Cattunar family from Brtonigla

Many generations of family Cattunar are rooted in the terroir of western Istria. Franco Cattunar’s grandfather (Anton) was one of the owners of communal winery in Brtonigla before Second World War and his father was a grower. Franco Cattunar, founder and owner of Wines Cattunar, entered the familiy busniness 1985. as one of the first private growers and winemakers in Croatia during communist rule that until it’s crumble in the 1990s never encouraged private enterpreneurship.

Since the late 80s’ to present time, Cattunar family estate constantly expanded. Sprawled over 56 hectares today, their are probably the largest privately owned vineyards in Istria.

The wine production of western Istria and Brtonigla area is so deeply rooted in history and the spirit of it’s inhabitants, that it’s legendary.

One of the most widely known legend is one of the Three Queens (Tre Regine).

It says that there were three fortresses on the hills above Novigrad: San Dionisio, San Giorgio and Valaron. Locals call them “kašteliri”. Each of these three fortresses was a home of a queen: Queen of salt, Queen of Oil and Queen of wine. They ruled over production of the three noblest and most important things in Istria. Istrian people have always lived of olive oil, salt and wine. The legend of Three Queens may the most vivid commentary on how deep and still vital is tradition of winemaking in western Istria and Brtonigla. But it’s not all about legends, there are some very important historical facts, too.

For the whole area San Giorgio fortress was for centuries of utmost strategic importance. Millenia old fragments of clay bowls, mosaic pieces and bronze jewelries were found around the location. Byzantines and Florentines fought for San Giorgo during Middle Age and Genoan and Venetians tried to conquer it in later periods. That key strategic fort is dubbed Castello della Regina by locals.

We are extremely proud that our vineyards are situated in the area that had always honored the land and it’s fruits. Isn’t it a sign of timeless predisposition of this land of ours to offer the best wine and olive oil to those who truly respect it?

Today, Wines Cattunar produces around 400.000 bottles in different styles and ranks. Franco and his wife Vesna play the most important roles. Their daughter Nicole and son Edi are new generation of this family of winemakers who see the future in constant improvement of the quality of grapes and wine.

Cattunars of Brtonigla do their best and will persist in finding the best expressions of Istrian malvasia and teran from this noble and ancient terroir.

 

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