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'More and more people on Primošten are now turning to tourism as a form of income, as opposed to grape growing. And we thought, if we don’t do something now, no one will ever know the story of Babić. If we hadn’t returned, it may well have become extinct.'
We first tasted the wines of Vinas Mora in a bitterly cold Reims in Champagne. Our friend Niko Dukan was in town, and he had in tow the wines of his most recent project, Vinas Mora. We tasted them, and were immediately drawn to their distinctive character. There was something both powerful and alluring about the wines, and aside from the fact that we had never heard of the grape, the wines spoke of sundrenched slopes and Mediterranean shores.
Vinas Mora means ‘wines from the sea’, alluding to the close proximity to the Adriatic. On the island of Primošten, a UNESCO world heritage site, the local variety Babić thrives. It makes deeply coloured, structured wines, with a beautiful salty finish to it.
Niko and Kreso have their fingers in many pies. Between the two of them, they can boast wine fair founder, sommelier, and wine importer on their impressive CVs, having both spent many years building their careers abroad. It is this idea though that has laid the foundation for the success of the Vinas Mora project. In order to have a truly profound impact on invigorating local wine production and culture, you need to have a broad, international horizon from which you can invest into the remote landscapes from whence these wines come. Their networks stretch far and wide, and we have no doubt that through this project, Babić will become a household name.