Commot – Croatian Winery

Vineyards of COMMOTThe history of Commot company began in 1994 with the cultivation of vines on 25 acres of land that were purchased from private farmers and cooperatives.

A new stage in the history of Commot became the year 2010, when the company got new owners. The Russian investors who took the production under their control have initiated the modernization of production facilities, replanting of old vineyards and production of new wines.

The result of these changes has been the expansion of production and the output of new original wines under the brand of Commot.

In 2011 the company launched the production of sparkling wines from autochthonous grape variety of Istrian Malvazija, where a classical method of secondary fermentation in the bottle was used.

In 2012, the line of sparkling wines was enlarged by the rose wine from the grape Teran (vintage of 2012).

More than that the year 2012 was marked for Commot by the maceration of red wine from the grape Teran held for the first time in traditional Georgian amphorae. This technology, in which fermentation and aging of wines proceed in clay amphorae instead of oak barrels or containers of cement and stainless steel, allows to produce the original product, the taste and aroma characteristics of which are not influenced by external factors.

The adherence to technologies of Commot wines production at all stages (from vine cultivation to harvesting and bottling) is controlled by the Italian experts Donato Lanati and Dora Marchi from the research center Enosis – one of the leading oenological research centers in Europe. Currently the area of Commot vineyards is 21.27 hectares. The company produces about 80,000 liters of wine per year of the grapes cultivated in this area.

Commot vineyards are located at a height of 30-200 meters above sea level, in the central part of the Croatian peninsula Istria: on a hill of the south-eastern slope in the valley of the Mirna river.

An important feature of Istria , which forms the character of the wines produced from local grapes is two types of soils:

  • Red – clay rocks with a high content of iron, formed by decomposition of limestone;
  • White – marl or flysch (sedimentary rocks of marine origin).

The Mediterranean climate of the peninsula with long hot summers and mild winters is quite advantageous for wine-growing. Besides, from the north, Istria is washed by the Adriatic Sea, that creates a special climate zone with lower temperatures than those in the south. And this is exactly the reason that explains the fact that the white wines from local grapes become more interesting and full-bodied by special expressive aroma and freshness.