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Croatian wines that you will never forget

The story of nature turned into gold

Croatia left a special place in my heart since last year. And beside a beautiful country I have also tasted some extraordinary wines that tell a story worth presenting.

Visiting the Fakin winery in Croatia is an unforgettable experience that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and exceptional wine. Situated in the breathtaking countryside, the winery provides a delightful escape from bustling city life, immersing visitors in the beauty of the vineyards and the rich winemaking traditions of the region.


Fakin Wines a story in a glass

Since I first tasted the wines belonging to the Fakin winery, I have been overwhelmed with surprises, and I never thought that I would fall for these wines. Situated in the foothills of the perfect medieval city, Motovun, the Fakin winery will welcome you to embrace a journey.

We are talking about a journey of discovering the delightfulness of Croatia in a glass, tasting it, and learning what it has to offer.

The old city of Motovun was first mentioned in records from early 804 and was later under the domination of Venice until 1797. A piece of history that will thrill you for sure.

Many consider Marko Fakin, a young, graduated winemaker from Motovun, to be the upcoming superstar of the Croatian and international wine scenes. As important an award in a long series of international accomplishments is the Decanter gold award won by Malvasia and Teran.

Spread over 30 hectares, we have learned that the winery has established itself as an example for growing the typical Istrian grape varieties such as Malvazija Istarska, Teran, and Mukat. Believe me, once you have tried the Malvazija, you will never forget it.


Malvazija Istarska

Malvazija, often regarded as the most significant Croatian grape type, accounts for over two-thirds of all wine produced in the Istrian region.

We are talking about a dry wine with green undertones and a golden or yellow hue. It has a lovely and well-rounded mineral taste and a creamy, substantial body with a distinguishable, varied scent. I first enjoyed it last year up in Motovun and could not wait to taste it again.

The grapes are harvested by hand, followed by maceration for 3–6 hours, pressing, fermentation, and then aging in stainless steel for 6 months.

With a long aftertaste that will remain in your memory, this wine is perfect for a hot summer evening spent with friends.


The sparkling Chamal is a soft blend of Malvazija and Chardonnay. With delicate bubbles, it can become a summer favorite as it will challenge you to explore it more.

Harvested by hand, followed by a maceration for around 3-6 hours, pressing, and fermentation according to the Charmat method, it will finally rest for 3 months in the bottle before being ready.

It is absolutely perfect as an appetizer or simply as such along with some light bites. The soft aftertaste persists, and the floral nose is indeed delightful.

Teran „Il Primo”

One of the most important wines of the winery is definitely Teran „Il Primo”. And I can understand why. This amazing red wine will provide a unique experience. Teran is the most significant red grape varietal in the Istrian region.

In time, Teran’s ruby-red hue changes to full red tones. With a flavor and aroma of wild fruits, this wine is full-bodied and robust. The roundness and the strong aftertaste are given by its acidity and tannins, which make it ideal for slowly aging.

The manual harvesting at the beginning of October represents the start of a perfect vinification process. It is followed by maceration and fermentation for 21 days, followed by the aging process for 24 months in new oak barrels.

Consider it like a first dance with your beloved while tasting this wine.

Whether you are a wine connoisseur, an avid traveler, or simply someone seeking a memorable experience, a visit to the Fakin winery in Croatia is a must. It is a journey that celebrates the passion, craftsmanship, and rich heritage of winemaking, leaving you with cherished memories and a newfound admiration for the world of Croatian wines.

Watch this interview with Luka, presenting the story of Fakin.

Text and pics: Yle Balaceanu, IBMagazine

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