the tradition of viticulture and wine-growing on the island of Hvar is 2,400 years old and it is considered to be one of the oldest locations in the world where it is still nourished today
Hvar Hills is a company founded in 1991 and owns one of the largest island vineyards in the Mediterranean. On a plot of 242 ha the vineyard currently occupies 30 ha. In the past 10 years, 150,000 grape vines have been planted thanks to the karst reclamation, of which 80% are accounted for by the autochthonous varieties Plavac mali, and the remaining 20% by Bogdanuša. It is located on the southern slope of the island of Hvar in the locality of Poljica, where due to the pronounced inclination and the stone from which the vine grows deeply, it has a triple insolation: sun, stone and sea. All agro-technical operations are performed exclusively by hand – from pruning to harvesting, and the traditional method of cultivation without reinforcement has also been retained, where the forked shape of the vine provides the Plavac with sufficient ventilation and sun utilization.
The tradition of grape and wine production on the island of Hvar dates from 385 BC when the Greeks from Paros Island in the Aegean Sea sailed to the present-day Stari Grad (“Old Town”) and established the Pharos colony. Long and secure Stari Grad bay and the 600 ha of fertile field were the key reasons for them to settle there and establish a colony. Historically speaking, the tradition of viticulture and wine-growing on the island of Hvar is 2,400 years old and is considered to be one of the oldest locations in the world where it is still nourished today.
The dry and poor soil, with a stony surface 20 centimeters deep, where the plant root is laid 80 centimeters from the surface and is thus protected from excessive sun exposure.
It is the sunniest island in Croatia with an average of 2726 hours of sunshine per year and a temperature of 16.5 0C. Vineyard suitably positioned on top of the hill, exposed to winds.
High sweetness level with yield between 0.5 and 0.75 kg per vine, protected from direct sunshine with leaves thus protecting its full quality.