Grgich's Winemaking Journey From Croatia to Napa Valley
Grgić Vina was established in 1996 by legendary Napa Valley winemaker, Croatian-born Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and his daughter, Violet Grgich. Mike started the winery to produce the finest wines from native Dalmatian grapes and concentrates on crafting Croatia’s very best varietals: Plavac Mali and Pošip.
Pošip (white) grows successfully in the area of Car in the island of Korčula. The light summer breezes cool down the vineyards keeping the air temperature moderate and providing just the ideal conditions of the cultivation of white grapes. The wine is produced in the cellar of Miljenko Grgić in Trstenik on the Pelješac peninsula under his supervision. Grgić is a famous wine maker in California of Croatia origins, and he is one of the best producers of white wine Chardonnay in the world.
Plavac Mali (red), known as Zinfandel in America, has been produced according to the methods of Miljenko Grgić and under his supervision. He is known in California and in the world as one of the best producer of Chardonnay and Zinfandel. The fermentation of the grapes has been done with naturals yeast but at a controlled temperature which help to keep much of the wine's variety character and fruitness. After the fermentation the wine has been aging for 15 months in special oak barrels imported from France. The wine received a pleasant oak aroma from the barrels. The process has continued for two years in 0,75L bottles, where the aromas married and harmonized and flavor softened. (http://www.grgic-vina.com/our-wines)
A brife intro about Miljenko “Mike” Grgich
Miljenko “Mike” Grgich was born and raised in Croatia, with a family background in winemaking but was hugely discouraged by the Soviet rule at the time. In 1958, he made his way to Napa Valley with a suitcase in search of freedom.
Inspired by many legendary winemakers, passionate and relentless in his quest for quality, Mike has also helped pioneer a number of significant breakthroughs in California winemaking techniques, including the use of cold sterilization and malolactic fermentation and the use of oak barrels for proper aging.
Mike’s most celebrated achievement came in 1976 when a Chardonnay he crafted for Chateau Montelena beat the very best wines in France in a now famous blind tasting in Paris. This event that stunned the wine world catapulted the Napa Valley into the front ranks of the leading wine-producing regions of the world.