The lightness of being in Istria…
This is a saying that the wine makers at Vina Laguna like to use a lot because it evokes the fresh airy qualities of their wines, the region in which the grapes are grown, and the spirit in which the wines are made.
The vineyards in Istria have two very important things going or them: A variety of soils and a perfectly balanced climate. This has been known for centuries and the long history of winemaking in Istria is proof. Vina Laguna serves as one of the most current stewards of this incredible landscape and they take advantage of all the region has to offer in order to produce exceptional wines.
Details: In Istria we are doubly blessed: with a diversity of soils and locations to suit different grapes, indigenous and internationally known; and by a perfect climate born of Istria’s geographical position where Alpine and Mediterranean climates converge. This has been known for centuries and the long history of winemaking in Istria is proof. Across Istria’s different terroirs, Vina Laguna vineyards have been selected and cultivated, with major capital investment, to extract the best from this natural inheritance. Vina Laguna serves as one of the most current stewards of this incredible landscape and take advantage of all the region has to offer in order to produce exceptional wines. Red soil (terra rossa) is found closer to the coast and white soil (terre bianche), rich in calcareous clay emerges as we move inland to higher ground. Ancient indigenous grapes like Teran and Malvasia grow side by side with international classics like Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Bianco – it has taken generations to determine which plot of land is best for which style of wine, whatever the grape. Coastal sites with good drainage are ideal for Merlot, for instance, whilst the indigenous Malvasia Istriana grape variety creates wines of different characters according to soil and elevation – part of Istria’s fascination lies in exploring these distinctions.