Visit our winery and cellars, snugly fit inside the landscape below the hotel. Who knows, we just might share some of our wine making secrets with you.
The wine remembers everything. As the vineyard is shaped by its history and affected by the habits of its owners, the wine is only as good as the person that makes it.
Indivisible from the creator, winemaking is in great measure a result of the winemaker’s way of life and his convictions. What was it that he wanted to achieve? What is his philosophy? What does he believe in? The answers shape his very own wine story.
Another crucial part is the grape origin. The part of the world where the vines grow and mature. Shaped by its terroir – the climate and microclimate conditions, the type and characteristics of the soil – a grape develops its unique character.
With a lifetime’s love of great wine, particularly the wines of the Rhône Valley, as well as a passion for the terroir of his native Istria, Mladen Rožanić searched for a long time to find the right terrain on which to plant his vines according to the extensive knowledge he had acquired as he travelled and learned from great winegrowers around the world.
Most of the grapes for our wines come from the western parts of the peninsula. This is the famous Red Istria, named for its uncommon, limestone-derived red soil type (terra rossa). Red soil is pH neutral and rich in nutrients and minerals – just perfect for grape growing. Our ambition is to include the white soil of the central/eastern parts of Istria for future vineyard positions. This soil type imbues the grapes with a quite different set of qualities, and we are eager to explore its potential.
Mladen’s vineyards have historically valued lays, recognized since ancient times. Mondellebotte (Bačva), Bussure and Valle are known as “best grounds” ever since. The southeast to south-west oriented lays are characterized by slight slopes of pendants of 5 to 7 degrees, open for a beautiful wind exchange typical for the West Coast of Istria. The lay’s proximity to the sea shore, yet 200 meters above the sea level, allows us to benefit from a classical thermal exchange: Cold winds blow in the night from the mountains towards the sea, and in the afternoon from the sea towards the mainland.
Istria has a proud tradition of cultivating indigenous varieties. We grow Malvasia Istriana, Teran and Borgonja. Our selection includes mono cépages and assemblages, as well as field blends (Gemischter Satz). We aim to give our personal signature to each wine. It is a winemaker’s voyage of discovery, of finding out what he can do with a grape to make it his own.
The grape variety is undoubtedly important, but it is merely a part of what truly makes the wine all that it is. A product of the moment. Of a synergy between its creator and the terroir. Of its birthplace and the climate. The taste and experience of a certain wine should never be deductible merely from reading the varieties list on the label.
The First Roses range represents the introduction to Roxanich’s world of wines vinified in neutral tanks - whites, reds and rosés.
Our symbolic offer of a beautiful rose out of the knight’s hand on the Roxanich family coat of arms, the first roses range symbolizes this invitation to enter a new world of natural rare wines fermented with indigenous yeasts.
A diverse selection encompasses beautifully light wines and a more complex range of short macerated whites. In the names of the wines themselves you can find a trace of our history and geography, and of our culture and heritage.
The reflections of those moments define the First Roses as a wine range. If you are yet to discover the exciting world of aged white and orange wines, the First Roses range is an excellent insiders’ tip.
The Sorelle range is dedicated to the six sisters, daughters of the winemaker Mladen Rožanić. Serious yet thoughtfully aged, the Sorelle range continues our tradition of macerated and spontaneously fermented wines, reflecting the sun, land, breath and soul of Istria, in white and red. Those barely tamed savages are satiating, powerful and gloriously raw.
Meant for indulgence, they are equal parts hygge and umami - an experience like no other. The Roxanich winery sometimes affectionately refers to the long macerated Sorelle range as - the whites dressed in red - as these white wines are vinified the same way as classical reds.
This way the wine retains the original fruitiness of the grape, but pleasantly surprises the palate with the hearty richness of secondary aromas, as result of long contact with original tannins hidden in the skin and the pits of the grapes.
The Sorelle range is characterized by an unmistakable palette of deep amber hues, and a light taste start, gradually rolling into a fierce, fulfilling finish. Dry and full-bodied, rounded off by an irresistible freshness. Meditative, energizing and raw.
With Mladen Rožanić, everything started with the challenge of making red wines able to age properly and gain its finesse with time. Accordingly, three distinctive labels of the 2005 vintage have been his first commercial vilifications, all three red wines. As self-educated winemaker respecting the winemaking knowledge and tradition, Mladen’s mission was to trace the quality and the origin of everything that goes into that wine, permitting him to have complete transparency about the materials and procedures leading us to this mythical food called wine.
With well-known international and indigenous varietals such as Teran, Merlot, Borgonja, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, Mladen Rožanić is offering his own vision of wine growing, taking care, vinifying and ageing, as basis of his philosophy range. Today, the unique istrian terroir, combined with outstanding craftsmanship of simple and natural winemaking, is yielding worldwide acknowledgment and recognition to his wines.
Being very conscious about the quality and the origin or our daily food, Mladen Rožanić begun to study Rudolf Steiner and his anthroposophical approach to universe and life, as well as the practical calendar by Maria Thun as his base for biodynamic agriculture and wine-growing.
In doing this, Mladen realized that time plays a significant role in all natural processes. Time is probably the only thing in our civilization that we cannot buy. One has to take it in account honestly and frankly. Simply, time is incorruptible.
Wines created for long keeping must be prepared correctly – from the specially adjusted maceration process, through the alcohol fermentation to the later stage of malolactic fermentation.
Our goal is to create wines prepared for long ageing and long keeping. The ageing duration we strive to, an embodiment of a biodynamics philosophy and teachings of Rudolf Steiner, is seven years. Seven is a product of a certain orientation. Great symbolic meaning is connected to this number. It represents a cycle of maturity. The school age of a child. The number of days in a week. The recovery period for the cells in our body.
“I needed to give my wines seven years to mature. This way, they leave my care prepared for school. They can confidently start their first grade.”
– M. Rožanić
We quickly realized that wines we were creating had great potential for ageing. Samples kept in the archive keep getting better and better with each passing year. After more than 20 years of commercial winemaking, we are getting very close to our goal.
“Our job is to follow and accompany natural processes that lead us to our final wine. In the same time, a naturally triggered process like vinification with indigenous yeasts, without any technological interventions, is a perfect beginning of process of making wine, the process that never ends.”
– M. Rožanić
Learning from Rudolf Steiner helped a lot, and his dedicated work is now yielding its results. People start to understand how the body intake content quality is important, and to appreciate nature and the natural.
“Wine continues to live, and very often outlives its creator. Wine continues to live in the bottle as well, assuming that we are talking about natural wine. Wine has to be prepared for this long journey starting with immaculate work in the vineyard, via passionate work in the cellar, with a great love towards everything we are doing, giving the best of us all the way through”,
– notes Mladen Rožanić.
Our philosophy embraces only natural and honest winemaking. This approach dictates a certain standard both within the cellar and outside of it.
Reducing any extraneous influence on the wine as much as possible is a crucial part of natural winemaking. Wines fermented with indigenous yeast and matured with their own, condensed tannins, coming exclusively from the pits and skins of the grape will ultimately develop original, natural body and aromas.
At the Roxanich Winery wines are aged in large wooden vats and barrels. This minimizes the area of contact of wood and grape and greatly reduces the infusion of wood tannins into the wine.
We reuse the barrels and vats as long as the wood remains healthy. This serves to further reduce the hydrolyzable tannin emission. The result places the wood in its intended role. It becomes a micro-oxygenation membrane, introducing the oxygen into the wine in a natural and controlled manner.
Synthetic chemicals are absent from our cellar. Sulfites are kept to minimal, necessary amounts, and the barrels are treated only with natural beeswax.
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