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PASQUALE PORCELLI – Special Guest of Fešta vina (Wine Fair) of Jelsa

We are welcoming Pasquale Porcelli, Italian wine journalist and a member of ONAV  (National Organization of the Tasters of Wine) to Fešta Vina.

Pasquale Porcelli

Pasquale Porcelli

“Our Association has been collaborating  with ONAV for many years,  we are  happy to  finally meet one of the representatives here on  Island of Hvar.

We remember  a few collaborations with ONAV Milano with Carlo Consonni, also

tasting  in Avellino,  with  ONAV  led by Giuseppe Ianonne at Wine Fredane Festival,

and tasting of Crljenak (Tribidrag)  compared with Primitivo wines  with  ONAV BAT ,

more can be  found about that event in article of Pasquale Porcelli:

said President of Hvar Winemakers Association, Ivana Krstulovic Caric, dipl. ing. agr.


Ivana Krstulovic Caric,dipl. ing. agr. President of Hvar Winemakers Association

Pasquale Porcelli is a freelance journalist, writing for Wine Surf .

The latest recognition for his work is “Special Mention for his knowledge and dedication for promotion of Apulian enogastronomy”

at Premio Terre del Negroamaro.

Pasquale Porcelli will be one of the tasters of the  Jelsa Summer Wine Tasting on 30.08.2019.     organized by Jelsa Tourist Board, our Association and Vinske Zvijezde (Wine Stars)!



Through four seasons, in our vineyards on Hvar – Ivana Krstulovic Caric – SUSTAINABLE ISLAND -23.05.2019. 7 PM -FESTIVAL OPENING- JELSA

Wine, Olive and Heritage Festival in Jelsa on  Island Hvar, will pe opened  with  the event named Through four seasons, in our vineyards on Hvar, where we will discover the true story about  the Mediterranean Diet.

A life cycle of the vineyards on Hvar we will discover with Ivana Krstulović Carić,, leader of the project on sustainable tourism and agriculture of   the   Sustainable Island , Ivana is also a president of  Hvar Winemakers Association, consultant in food and agriculture sector,  sales and marketing  manager of Caric winery and  licenced tourist guide.

The event is created by the Association Sustainable Island in co-operation with Catering High School, Hvar Winemakers Association, Association Trim & Women’s Cooperative Faria and Tourist Board of Jelsa. 

We will enjoy in music, local food and wines!


Galina Niforou

Master Class of Galina Niforou   “The Diversity is Our Treasure”- indigenous Bulgarian and Croatian grape varieties – Jelsa – 26.05.2019 – 11 AM

Galina is the chairwoman of  Bulgarian Wine Export Association (BWEA) and work hard to promote Bulgarian wines abroad. Galina is the founder and managing director of the Balkans International Wine Competition and Festival – very successful event, aiming to promote Balkan wines, that will take place next month  (5-9  June 2019) in  Sofia, Bulgaria.


It celebrates the millennial wine-making tradition of the Balkan Peninsula as expressed in its modern Balkan wines – daily savored and loved by locals and more and more preferred by the wine lovers worldwide.

Galina Niforou has an engineer degree in Wine and Spirits Technology from the University of Food Technology, Plovdiv and she has specialized in Wine Marketing & Management MBA at Bordeaux International Wine Institute – INSEEC, Bordeaux, France.
During the 20 years in the wine industry in Bulgaria and abroad she has established herself as a specialist who successfully develops business strategies and creates brands of international significance. She consults wine producers and writes for different wine editions.

Galina is the chairwoman of  Bulgarian Wine Export Association (BWEA) and work hard to promote Bulgarian wines abroad. Galina is the founder and managing director of the Balkans International Wine Competition and Festival – very successful event, aiming to promote Balkan wines.

Master Class of Galina Niforou on  Wine, Oil and Heritage Festival

is named  “Diversity is Our Treasure – indigenous Bulgarian and Croatian grape varieties” and will present the wines of Bulgarian and Croatian producers.

26.05.2019 – 11 AM – Jelsa Municipality Ballroom – reservations

 Vrachanski Misket 2018, Tipchenitza Winery   

Gramatik Melnik 55, Винарска изба Рупел – Rupel Winery
Elenovo Rubin 2015 Edoardo Miroglio wine
Elenovo Mavrud 2015 Edoardo Miroglio wine

Croatian wines:
Bogdanjuša 2018 – Caric
Pošip 2018- OPZ Svirče (cooperative Svirče)
Prč 2018 – Vujnović
Plavac mali barrique 2013- Tomić

#najbojeodHvara #JelsaWOH

The first Wine, Olive and Heritage Festival, in Jelsa on Hvar from 23rd to 26th May!

The Wine, Olive and Heritage Festival 2019 will be held in Jelsa on Hvar Island for the first time, on  May 23-26. Over the four days local and foreign participants will showcase Hvar Island’s culture on various levels, with local wines and olive products taking pride of place in cooperation with the Festival’s guests. Aimed at both Croatian and foreign tourists, the Festival’s aim is to promote local Hvar producers under the banner of ‘the Mediterranean Diet‘, a concept which comprises “knowledge and skills related to the careful relationship with the natural resources of land and sea which is vital not only for obtaining food, but for ensuring quality for living conditions and for a stable ecological system”.

The idea of the Festival is for local people to create it through their products, visions and desire for communal progress, at the same time learning something new together with the guests / visitors. The Festival aspires to promote “everything that is best about Hvar” in an entertaining and educational dimension.

 #najbojeodHvara #JelsaWOH

The official opening of the Festival will be in the Jelsa Park on Thursday  May 23 at 7pm, followed by a Gastro-Show by students from the High School of Catering, who will present their Mediterranean food dishes, alongside products by members of the local association ‘Trim’ and Cooperative ‘Faria’. Ivana Krstulović Carić,, representing the association ‘Sustainable Island’ (‘Održivi otok’),  will present event Through the four seasons in our vineyards on Hvar – The Mediterranean Diet’, explaining more about the direction the island is taking, with interesting details relating to the dishes and .

On Friday and Saturday, 24th and 25th May from 8pm onwards, all the participants in the Festival will be represented in a tasting of local wines and olive oils (the list of wine producers to date: Carić Wines, Pinjata Wines, the Svirče Agricultural Cooperative, Mario Carić, the Plančić Brothers, Huljić Wines, Plenković Wines; olive oil producers: Radojković and Curin).

During the day on Friday a workshop by Mirella Žanetić on extra virgin olive oil in Mediterranean food is planned, as well as a guided tour around the best-known Hvar wineries and oil mills, with tastings in Hvar’s exquisite surroundings (tour price 250 kn, bookings via:

Within the Festival is a celebration of the local Chakavian dialect, and there will be a special variety programme of recitations, acting, dancing and singing by local children. On Saturday morning the Festival programme will start with a workshop by Professor Marija Vukelić titled “The Mediterranean in a glass of wine (and in verse)”, followed by a tour of the wineries. From 7pm there will be a special event called ‘the Bonkulović Evening’, with a range of Mediterranean culinary specialities on offer, prepared by Jelsa’s restaurateurs. The programme will last until midnight, with guest appearances by the Đakovo folk dancing group and tamburica players.

Apart from local participants, the first Wine, Oil and Heritage Festival will also be welcoming guests from Bulgaria. The well-known Bulgarian oenologist Galina Niforou (Wine MBA, BIWC Managing Director) will conduct a workshop titled “Diversity is Our Treasure – indigenous Bulgarian and Croatian grape varieties”.

The Festival closing ceremony will take place on Sunday 26th May at 11am, and will include the distribution of certificates of thanks.

All the workshops are free of charge, while the winery tours cost 250kn, reservations via: .

We look forward to welcoming you on your visit to discover the local treasures of Hvar Island. #eatlocal

Festival Organiser: Jelsa Tourist Board,


DO NOT MISS UPCOMING EVENTS! Find us at the island’s squares, in Stari Grad at Tvrdalj Square, in Jelsa at Saint Johns Square / 9 PM 

NE PROPUSTITE DOGAĐANJA!  Pronađite nas na otočkim trgovima, u Starome Gradu na Tvrdalju, u Jelsi na trgu Sv. Ivana / 21h


JELSA 01.08.2018.

STARI GRAD 07.08. 2018.

JELSA 11.08. 2018.

STARI GRAD 21.08. 2018.

24. i 25. 08.2018. Fešta vina – Jelsa 



Master Class with Italian sommelier Roberto Lepori will be held in Jelsa on June 09 at 11 AM at Grand Ballroom of the Municipality  Hall of Jelsa on Hvar Island.

 Book your place on  or +385 981606276 and discover the uniqness of the tastes of the indigenous wines of the emblematic communities of Croatia and Italy thet represent Mediterranean Diet in UNESCO protection.

foto: IKC

The cleverness and the awareness of being unique. Stories of heroic winemakers and of sublime flavors of the Mediterranean

Wines of Hvar 

Bogdanjuša 2017 Carić

Beleca 2017  (Pošip, Bogdanuša)  Tomić

Rosina 2015  (Drnekuša)

Plavac de Lux 2010 OPZ Svirče

Grand Cru 2010   (Plavac mali) Zlatan Otok

Wines of Brač

Pošip 2017 Stina

Wines of Cilento

Falanghina &  Ceraso (Aglianico) SAN SALVATORE 1988

Quercus (Aglianicone) TENUTA MACELLARO

Castellabate (Aglianico) Paestum (Fiano) SANGIOVANNI




Roberto Lepori is Sommelier (Associazione Italiana Sommelier), International Wine & Food Journalist, Wine and Spirit Judge and Wine and Food Comunication Specialist






09:00 – 12:30 Ministry of Culture: THE 8TH INTERGOVERNMENTAL MEETING OF THE NETWORK OF THE SEVEN COUNTRIES FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET / Stari Grad Town Library and Reading Room/ Stari Grad

19:00 Visit to the Jelsa Municipal Museum and a guided tour of Jelsa, meeting at the Veli Most (where the catamaran moors)/ Jelsa

20:00 Oenogastro evening: Bonkulović & Hvar Wine Tastings / New riva in Jelsa

music / Ante Matulić


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MASTER CLASS – MARIO MEŠTROVIĆ – Technology- Knowledge- Freshness in Dalmatian white wines

After tasting the Hvar (Festival Hvar Otok Vina-  11.05.2018. Hvar – Hotel Amfora) white wines from wineries, members of the Hvar Winemakers Association, primarily Bogdanusa, we were left with superb impressions.The winemakers skills and knowledge, use of more and more modern technology, and above all their hard work, resulted in wine styles that we have been long waiting and hoping for.

Wines from the 2017 harvest have shown us liveliness and freshness of expression, delicate, clean aromas, and great balance in the taste.


Bogdanusa as a sort is the ideal wine for summer refreshment on the sunny island of Hvar, perfectly suited for the terroir, protecting the wine acids in the grapes, which gives both resistance to draught and also freshness in the resulting wine. Even a variety like posip has difficulty surviving in these critical conditions.

We had the opportunity to experience a further, large step forward with two of the wines, which proved the stories from winemakers of old, that the Bogdanusa grape is capable of creating “great wines”. Wines with mighty bodies and a long life, during which they keep developing. Wines of long lasting tastes leaving strong, deep impressions.

In other words, Hvar wines are as contemporary as they come.

Mario Meštrović
Sommelier with international A.S.I.diploma-GOLD certificate
HSK Commissioner for Zagreb
Executive board member
Decanter World Wine Awards judge



Hvar is the island of wine, its beautiful landscape is shaped by the vineyards.

Indigenous varieties are grown in the Hvar Wine Region such as Plavac mali, Bogdanuša, Prč, Darnekuša, Pošip,  and many more.

Its long history of winemaking began more than 24 centuries ago, and has marked the life of the islanders.  The festival “Hvar otok vina” – Hvar, Island of Wine will be held on May 10 & 11 in Hvar town to celebrate this long tradition of winemaking on the Island as a part of the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of organised tourism on Hvar. 



Thursday 10.05.2018.
ine & live music

While you enjoy tasting our wines, Hvar’s rising star, young Dino Petrić will sing for you

Dino Petrić

Dino Petrić

Friday 11.05.2018.
11:00h       Hotel RIVA  (Sunčani Hvar) – HVAR TOWN

Master classesreservation on e-mail:    (limited number of places)

Mario Meštrović – Technology- Knowledge- Freshness in Dalmatian white wines

Mario Meštrović

Mario Meštrović

Mario Meštrović is a Croatian sommelier with an International ASI Diploma – Golden Certificate and  Diploma of Croatian Sommelier Club (Hrvatski Sommelier Klub)

Wine judge: Decanter World Wines Awards, London, IceWine du Monde 2012, 2013, 2018, 2014. Maribor Sommelier selection 2015. Muvina, Slovakia 2012. 2013.
2015. 2016. 2017. 2018. Vinař Roku, Prag, (The best winemaker of the year)
Czech Republic 2015. 2016. Salon of sparkling wines, Slovenia 2018.

This Master Class will describe white wines produced on the island, both monovarietal and  blends, of varieties such as Bogdanuša , Prč, Pošip, Maraština, from the cellars of Tomić, Carić, PZ Svirče. Brača Plančić, Vujnović and Zlatan Otok-Plenković.

Bartolomeo Roberto Lepori – Plavac Mali: the noble son of a royal vine that crossed the oceans: Tribidrag/Primitivo/Zinfandel

Roberto Lepori is an Italian sommelier, wine journalist (La Cucina Italiana, Papageno, Vitae and others) and a wine judge: Città del Vino “La Selezione del Sindaco” in Italy; Franciacorta in Villa in Italy; Sangiovese Purosangue contest in Italy; International Wine Challange in England; The Michelangelo Wine and Spirit Awards in South Africa; International Wine Competition “Southern Russia” in Russia; BeoWine in Serbia; Montevino Competition in Montenegro; RoWine in Romania; Balkan International Wine Competition in Bulgaria, and others.

Roberto Lepori

Roberto Lepori

Roberto often works with Network Television on the themes of food, and wine and has produced and interpreted documentary films on tourism and travel.

This Master Class will decribe the fascinating story of the history of Plavac Mali and its ancestors, that traveled across the Adriatic sea and far away across the ocean.

Thanks to a collaboration with Assoenologi sezione Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria (National Association of the Enologists and Enotechnicians of Italy) we will have the opportunity to taste some of the best Primitivo wines that represent different terroirs of the Apulia region:

Soc. Agricola POLVANERA di Filippo Cassano & C. APOLLONIO
and Croatian Tribidrag or Crljenak from Zlatan Otok – Plenković, as the introduction to the story of Plavac mali of our members : Tomić, Carić, Pz Svirče, Brača Plančić.

Important anniversaries in 2018

160th anniversary of the meteorological station on Hvar, one of the oldest in Europe and the 160th anniversary of the birth of the inventor of dactyloscopy, Ivan Vucetic of Hvar.

The festival is organised by the Hvar Winemakers’ Association in collaboration with the Tourist Board and Hvar Town, and sponsors Sunčani Hvar Hotels & Assoenologi.