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Cerealia comes to Hvar island – 1&2 Sept 2015 – Stari Grad

We are honoured to announce the first in a series of reciprocal visits in cooperation with Italian organizations. This year’s visit to Rome, as part of a tour “Presentation of the island of Hvar, Hvar culture and wine” organized by the Croatian Embassy in Rome, has resulted in cooperation with Festival Cerealia. Cerealia is a festival dedicated to cereal grains such as wheat and barley, and the idea comes from ancient Rome. http://www.cerealialudi.org/



This event promotes the cereals of the Mediterranean basin, and each year includes one partner country, to encourage cultural exchange. This year it is Croatia, in previous years Cyprus, Greece …

Cultural pluralism has been a permanent feature of the Mediterranean since ancient times. The social and economic value of grain is enormous. Cerealia want to spread the knowledge and awareness of the value of the soil and indigenous cultures, to renew ties between the producers and the consumers’ tables, even to revive old customs and traditions, that are based on respect for the earth and its fruits.

Cerealia will continue their cooperation with Croatia this year by visiting the island of Hvar. In Stari Grad on trg Škor, 01.09.2015 (Tuesday) there will be a number of different cultural entertainment events.

At 8 pm we will have a performance by dance theatre M.Th.I. http://www.mthi.it/ called Four Elements, with Paola Sarcina (artistic director of the Festival Ceralia), Diana Forlani and Stefania Toscano. The event continues with an exhibition of the art of bread prepared by the legendary Roman bakery “Panella, l’arte del pane“, where visitors will be able to see bread made in the shape of famous Roman monuments such as the “La Bocca della Verità”.

Afterwards, there will be Tasting of Hvar wines, accompanied by a musical performance by Rade Šolaja.

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On the second day, 02.09.2015 (WEDNESDAY), the exhibition of bread will move to the Agency for the Management of the Stari Grad Plain, where it will be on show until 17.09.2015, along with an exhibition of photographs of Roman villas of the Stari Grad Plain. The opening of the two exhibitions will be marked by a presentation by archaeologist Mark Matković called “Wine and wine-growing on the island of Hvar in ancient times”. The Agency Director Francesco Duboković dipl.ing.agr. and our guest Paola Sarcina, artistic director of the Festival Ceralia will tell us more about the two exhibitions.

Hvar is undoubtedly the Island of Wines, for more than 24 centuries, as the president of the “Hvar winemakers” Ivana Krstulović Caric, dipl.ing will tell us.

At this event, get to know the period of Roman rule and their customs related to bread and wine!

Welcome! Dobrodošli!

Hvar Winemakers, Agency for the Management of the Stari Grad Plain, Town of Stari Grad 
and the Tourist Board of Stari Grad

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Come to Svirče Where the Donkey Brays!

Day of Bogdanuša in Svirče
Saturday, 22 June 2013

By Ivana Krstulović Carić, dipl.ing.agr.
(original text published on OTOK HVAR, www.otok-hvar.com)

If the legend of the village name is true, it tells us that shepherds from Vrbanj playing on flutes (Croatian “svirala“) came and settled here, or alternatively that the name comes from the word “svir“, meaning “source” or “spring”. We will probably never know, but in any case, that’s not as important as what Svirče means today and what its future holds.


The village of Svirče

Svirče sits on a hillside opposite the village of Vrisnik, blending beautifully into the rural landscape. Some would call this the new Tuscany or Provence. But really, we’re just the island of Hvar and not anything else! The one and only – unique and original. We have survived through the centuries of popular uprising, Turkish attacks, wars and occupation, american pests: oidium, peronospora and phyloxera, economic crises…

The hands of our forefathers have shaped this area. Vineyards, olive groves and lavender fields, woods, streams, interlaced with dry-stone walls fascinate everyone who comes here. We ourselves are so bound up in everyday life that we forget to admire the beauty that surrounds us, we forget that our history and our heritage gives us a strong foundation for the future!

Zoga falo

A game of Zoga falo

Svirče, today, has a lot to offer. Svirče contains many stories that we are just beginning to tell the world. Our village is alive with old traditions, such as kolendanje, visiting our friends and neighbours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, singing traditional songs. In July, we have the annual St Mandalina village celebrations.  Young people here have not forgotten the old game of Zog Falo or handball. Diligent hands continue to renew the stone terraces, fighting for every square inch of arable land, because living on an island is not easy. The earth is poor, the climate unpredictable. In such an environment, the centuries have shaped an entirely different wine grape, deservedly called bogdanuša (God-given).

Why? Because it knows this island, because it feels good here. The best wine is produced on the rather poor, red soil in the stretch between Svirče and Vrboska.

Pjaca - degustacija bogdanuše

Celebrating Bogdanuša in the pjaca

Light and fresh, God-given for summer, for company and song. Let us celebrate it, in its heartland of Svirče, on our island of Hvar, 22 June 2013 in good company, with songs from Klapa Veli Kamik, a game of Zog Falo and an exhibition of paintings “Famous Svirčani”.

– See more at: http://www.otok-hvar.com/hr/vijesti-najave/hodte-u-svire-di-tovor-rie-664

Welcome to Hvar Otok Vina!

Written by Ivana Krstulović Carić, dipl.ing.agr.

Hvar Otok Vina (Hvar Island of Wine) is a brand of the Hvar Winemakers’ Association, established in the year 2010, with the aim of creating a dynamic and interactive Wine Destination.

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Hvar Winemakers’ logo

This is going to be a crucial month for our Association. We have found enthusiastic and
professional partners that we will work together to set up the Wine Tourism on our Island. Our Partnership with Total Hvar and the Agencies is the first step toward achieving our goals of developing our Island as a Wine Destination.

Wine Journalists will be here on May 5, and we will show them a cross-section of our
Island of Wine, they will discover Hvar Wines, authentic and high quality, they will take a journey through the rich history of the Hvar Winemaking on Hvar Island and enjoy the beauty of the agricultural landscapes: Hvar Beaches, Terrace Vineyards, Starigrad Plain (Ager) jewelled by the lovely villages of our Island of Wine.

Svirče-the Wine Village

Svirče-the Wine Village

We are especially proud to have the oldest Plavac Mali vineyard on our Island, which
survived the American pest Phylloxera, a disease which destroyed European vineyards at
the end of the 19th century. We are proud to have 3 indigenous HVAR ONLY GRAPES; BOGDANUŠA, DARNEKUŠA, PARČ, to contribute to the diversity of the Wine World.

In May we will start the promotion of our Bogdanuša wines, together with Wine & Cheese Bar Paradox in Split and we will have activities on Hvar, such as Bogdanuša Workshops, Bogdanuša Night in Svirče. And many Hvar Wine Tastings this summer on our beautiful island squares.

Hvar Wine Tastings

Hvar Wine Tastings

Together with our partners Total Hvar and the Agencies we are preparing
the Wine Tourism Itineraries.

We are here on the Island of Wine, waiting for you!