Matošević | Istria

Matošević Vineyards in Croatia

Described by the late Steven Spurrier as "Croatia’s best winemaker", Ivica Matošević has established himself as a force of nature in the country’s turbulent yet burgeoning wine industry. “My grandfather was born in Austria, my father was born in Italy, I was born in Yugoslavia and my daughter was born in Croatia. We were all born in the same house” says Ivica, recounting the last 100 years of his family history. Spirited by the emergence of the Istrian wine scene, which followed the fall of Yugoslavia in the early ‘90s, and driven by an unbridled passion, Ivica Matošević diverted his career from a PhD in agriculture to winemaking. This passion is reflected in his wines, which are exuberant, fresh, and true to their nature, as well as in what he has achieved for the reputation of Croatian wine. Widely recognised among his peers as one of the leaders of Croatia’s quality wine revolution, he was instrumental in establishing the Istrian appellation.