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, Pasko Brkić planted vineyards in Čitluk – a Mostar wine district located south of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina – between 250-400 meters above sea level. Initially, when Josip stopped using chemicals, the vineyard suffered from shock, like a drug addict being detoxified. But diseases have to be accepted to allow the vines to grow stronger and thanks to organic farming, the vineyard is a special place.
Utilizing organic and biodynamic principals and the lunar calendar, Josip Brkic satisfies his responsibilities to land and family and his desire to make wines of terroir. Fermented with native yeast, aged briefly on the lees and bottled unfiltered. This effortless, pear and tarragon scented Žilavka is a combination of organic fruit from vineyards he owns and others that he contracts.Dodatne informacije (PDF)