If you want an introduction to Bosnian wine, the first name you need to learn is Josip Brkić. He was one of the first to really champion native Bosnian grapes such as Blatina and Žilavka. Brkić is also working hard to put the Mostar appellation on the map by converting his vineyards to biodynamics and utilizing Bosnian oak, practices he encourages other local producers to adopt.
In the 70s, Paško Brkić planted vineyards in Čitluk – a Mostar wine district located south of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina – at 250-400 meters above sea level. The work in the vineyard was done according to the Moon calendar, from pruning, harvesting, grape selection, to the wine itself. Made from Žilavka, fermented with berries intact and left on skins for 9 – 15 months in Bosnian oak. Despite the extended maceration this wine feels refined, with a full bodied but smooth texture.
Mjeseċąr, which means the moon walker in Bosnian, is Josip’s first wine made in a complete biodynamic way and supported by the power of the Moon. The name is an homage to Brkić’s conversion to biodynamic farming. It’s both a sensitive interpretation of the region’s indigenous Žilavka grape variety and a successful “orange wine”.Dodatne informacije (PDF)