Primošten, located in the heart of Dalmatia, between Šibenik and Split. A drop of paradise on the Croatian coastline and home to Vinas Mora. The region is known for its beautiful vineyards, many of which have been swept aside by a wave of hotels and infrastructure built for holidaymakers keen to take advantage of the hot climate and crystal-clear waters. Known as the ‘dry cape’ due to the complete absence of rainfall between April and October, this is a land of rock, sun and wind. Olive farmers and wine-makers once collected stones by hand, laboriously revealing the sparse topsoil and building dry-stone walls to create tiny sheltered areas, each protecting a handful of plants. With enough clay in the (mostly) limestone soil to retain water throughout the dry season, these small plots continue to provide perfect conditions for vines. Vinas Mora, meaning ‘wines from the sea’ was founded in 2020 by Kreso Petrekovic, former sommelier and importer, along with two friends, Neno Marinov and Niko Dukan. Upon discovering a near-abandoned cooperative, the three decided to rejuvenate the winemaking facility, supporting the local community and keeping tradition alive. The ancient vines have dug their way deep below the barren surface and produce small, concentrated grapes which bring terroir to the fore. One of the most prolific, indigenous grape varieties is Babić, often growing a few metres above sea level, at home in these stark conditions. In addition to this variety, Vinas Mora use other local grapes to produce both red and white wines.
Barbba is a co-fermentation of two white varieties, Débito and Marastina, and two red, Plavina and Lasin. The vines are comparatively young for the region, ranging from 15 to 60 years old. The grapes are macerated for less than an afternoon, and the must is fermented together in open vats before ageing for 9 months in fibreglass. This is a great all-rounder wine: fresh and light as cherry juice with plenty of character. Enjoy chilled, with dreams of the Adriatic Sea.