Istrian tasting notes – new blood


The following producers (listed alphabetically) have been established relatively recently (post 1990). See also these tasting notes on wine made by wine producers with a longer history.

CLAI, Buje (northwest Istria)

Giorgio Clai, retired restaurateur from Trieste, has 6 ha of vineyards (and 3 ha of olive trees). Clai follows organic and biodynamic principles, and his wines are made with spontaneous fermentation, no additional enzymes, no selected yeasts and no filtering. I didn't get a chance to chat to him personally, but he presented the wines at the Chiavalon dinner, where I got a sense of the fierce pride in...