One of the most famous Istrian sights – the town of Motovun – is a new home of Roxanich Winery.
In fact, to be more exact, we can say Roxanich winery returns to Motovun where the company was originally founded. Motovun, historically known as Montona (with a name of a Celtic origin – a town on top of the hill), has a history of over 3500 years of civilization. The town has always attracted extraordinary and creative individuals, and among others it was a home to Josef Ressel – who invented the ship propeller, writer Vladimir Nazor – who wrote a famous story about a gentle giant Veli Jože and Formula 1 Champion – Mario Andretti.
This best-preserved medieval Istrian fort is surrounded by famous Motovun forest and river Mirna, and thanks to its specific micro-locations has especially rich flora. This is where a well-known Motovun white truffle grows, grapes and vineyards have been cultivated for centuries, and Kaldir’s highland is known as the green pantry of Istria. Rumour has it, the oldest amphora filled with wine was found in the surrounding area of Brkač, which actually is not as impossible as it may seem, since local population was engaged in production of ceramics during Antique period.
Motovun is also considered as the most powerful source of positive energy in Istria because it is located at the crossroads of three dragon furrows, which transmit the Earth’s energy and supply it to all living creatures. Consequently, it is no surprise that Roxanich winery decided to return to the mystical Motovun because they themselves consider wine somewhat of a spiritual discipline. To support this thesis, it is enough to say that these guardians of winemaking tradition and wizards of maceration plan their agricultural and cellar activities according to moon calendar.
Roxanich Motovun Project is a symbiosis of a specific way of thinking about wine,tourism culture and gastronomic heritage of this region. With their organization, program and specific architecture this project communicates Roxanich’s philosophy. The is a place for sharing new ideas, creating new styles, venue for events that formulates both narratives and messages Roxanich winery wants to share with their guests. From agricultural area and vineyards; Vinification, wine cellar and wine archives; tasting room and exhibition area; leasure area, swimming pool and wellness area; to the restaurant, hotel bar, wine shop, joint get-together plaza and rooms located within the corpus of the former Motovun communal basement building, we testify to the densely programmed organism.
The choice of the former Motovun communal basement as a specific venue for the construction of a new wine center aims to expand Roxanich activities to tourism, culture and organization of various events related to their wine philosophy.
On the territory of Motovun, where influences of Venice and Austro-Hungarian Empire are intertwined, local people appreciate their own freedom the most, just as their symbol Veli Jože. This is why Roxanich Motovun Project is designed as homage to Istria and Istrianism*, because it is believed that Istria as a territory or terroir makes you Istrian.
*”Istrianism is an open approach in which, if you come to Istria and accept its principles, the peninsula itself can make you Istrian. That identification is not a genetic process in which you have to be born as an Istrian man/woman, but you can achieve that throughout your life. What matters the most in this process is that the peninsula/territory/land makes an Istrian man/woman out of you.” Emil Jurcan, Istrian Consensus, Pula, 2013
Project Roxanich Motovun is co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds).
Project Roxanich Motovun is co-financed by European Union and its Cohesion fund.
Project Roxanich Motovun is co-financed by European Union and National aid program for wine sector 2014 – 2018.
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