Belje Wine Cellars Present Highly Awarded Top Quality Wines
Jul 10, 2007
By taking over the property of Vinski podrumi Belje d.d. (Belje Wine Cellars, joint stock company) in bankruptcy at Kneževi vinogradi (Duke's Vineyards) and returning it to the patronage of Belje d.d., Agrokor has become the largest winegrowing, cellaring and wine producing company in Croatia. In the context of the above, a long term strategy of oenological development has been made in accordance with the features of certain regions from Istria, through the continental parts of Croatia to the Danube Valley (Podunavlje). By systematic engagement and through a process of improving quality, design and sales Belje strives to regain the former status of its production. Thus Agrokor will invest over 15 million kunas in Belje Cellars this year. Funds will be alsoinvested in purchasing new fermentors, filters, vineyard tractors, and in new wine plantations as well.A medium-term plan is to construct new wine cellars that will technologically follow all world trends.
Belje cellars are situated on the territory of Baranya vineyards. At an altitude of 150-220m on the south slopes of Banovo brdo, Belje cellars have alltogether 511 ha of fertile vineyards whereof56 ha of red sorts, and 455 ha of white sorts, mainly Graševina. Besides Graševina, there are other sorts like Rhine Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Muscat Ottonel. So far additional 103 ha have been planted with red sorts such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Frankovka and white sorts such as Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Graševina. In the forthcoming period there is a plan of clearing old and planting new vineyards so that Belje Wine Cellars will have more than 600 ha of fertile vineyards.
The Belje Wine Cellars assortment includes the following sorts: Graševina, Belje Riesling, Chardonnay, Rhine Riesling, and Pinot Gris. Table wine and quality wines have accounted for the major part of production so far, but new development plans and new wine plantations are aimed at improving quality and increasing the production of quality wines and particularly of premium wines. The 2006 vintage was a real gold vintage for Belje, resulting in an exceptional wine quality recognized by numerous prizes and awards on major national competitions. On the first Festival of Graševina in Kutjevo, Belje Graševinas won altogether 3 gold medals and the premium Graševina of Belje Cellars was proclaimed champion of the Festival. In St. Ivan Zelina, on the 39th Continental Wines Exhibition, the premium Chardonnay was evaluated as the best still white wine and won 5 gold medals. The quality of Chardonnay and Chardonnay Vintage was further verified withtwo gold medals this year on VINOVITA, and two silver medals on the international wine fair in Ljubljana.