Wine has been a major part of life in Istria since ancient times. This comes as no surprise considering Istria's geographical position on the northern banks of the Adriatic Sea. During Greek and Roman times Istrian wines gained popularity and were no strangers in the households of the wealthy (especially Teran). Later in the middle-ages, Istrian Muscat wines were especially valued. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grape varieties are also successfully grown in Istria. Of course, one can't talk about Istrian wines and not mention Malvasia, one of the most commonly grown types. Malvasia occupies almost two-thirds of all wine plantations in Istria. This dry white wine's aroma is heavily influenced by the soil on which its grapes are grown. All our plantations are on red soil (terra rossa) which is soil like no other – temperamental and strong yet grateful and giving if treated with love and respect.