In the fertile plains where wine grape is cultivated for thousands of years, and it is known that this has been going on since the Roman times, the Wine Road exists and persists; row of wine-makers and wine-merchants compete whose drop of wine is more noble, healthy and potent. It can be felt that vine is given great significance, and it gets especially festive on the St. Vincent's Day in second half of January...
In the north of Croatian part of Baranja, which is a distinctly lowland area "Banska Kosa" Hill is located, which is ideal for growing of wine grapes. Name "Baranja" itself is probably connected to these good conditions, because in Hungarian boranya means wine mother. These ideal conditions for wine grape cultivation and production of excellent wines have also been recognized by the Romans who, more than 2,000 years ago, have named the Banska Kosa Hill "Mons aureus", or golden hill..
Baranja hill is one of top-quality Croatian wine-growing districts. The climatic conditions with annual rainfall average of 686 cubic mm, are favorable for cultivation of wine grape, while the annual temperature sum in the vegetation period is 3,479 degrees Celsius, and autumn is warmer than spring.
Beginnings of wine production and wine-growing tradition in the Djakovo-Sirmium Diocese date back to pre-Turkish times and after the liberation from Turks it was especially restored by Bishop Petar Bakic by planting vineyards in Trnava, and expanded by Bishop Josip Colnic.
Bishop Anto Mandic founded the vineyards in Mandicevac on the slopes of Krndija, and Bishop Josip Juraj Strossmayer built the cellars in Trnava and Mandićevac. Djakovo-Sirmium Diocese is the largest producer of Traminer in this area, which constitutes 60% of their assortment. Other 40% is comprised of production of Trnava Grasevina and superior Trnava Chardonnay.
Superior Trnava Traminer is also enjoyed by wine lovers outside of our borders. Diocese cellars are also known for their vintage wines, with which they prove existence of exceptional grape harvests, which is the result of ardent investing of knowledge and love in the final product, which is also superiorly packaged.
Wine grapes have been cultivated on elevations above Danube as early as during the Roman rule. After departure of the Turks from the area, the manorial estate of John Baptist was established. It has exchanged several owners in a short period of time - Ivan Palfi, Adamovich de Csepin, and in the second half of the 19th century the estate was taken over by noble Ervin Cseh.
Ervin Cseh has done a great deal for improvement of wine-growing in Erdut, which is best shown by the fact that even after the World War Two he had possessed 80 hectares of vineyards and a cellar in Erdut.
Under the management of IPK Osijek vineyard areas have been expanded, and superior wines offered in the market: Chardonnay and fragrant Traminer, as well as quality wine: Grasevina, and table wines: Becar and Table White.
The greatest role in development of Fericanci wine-growing was played by the Cistercians and friars from Nasice. After expulsion of the Turks, settlers have accepted the culture of wine grape cultivation and wine production, so that a cellar with capacity of 1,000 hectoliters was built in Fericanci as early as 1850.
Within the "Nasicecement" concern, under the name "Feravino" marketed today are the superior Rhine Riesling wine and quality wines Grasevina, White Pinot and renowned Fericanci Frankovka.
List of all winemakers see here.