Pink Day Zagreb 2023.
Festival of Rosé Wines

Interview with the organizer

Sanja Muzaferija, a journalist and writer, a fashion enthusiast, and a longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, has been involved in wine and hedonism for over twelve years, and as she says, "with the more beautiful side of life."

 

We were curious about how she developed her love, primarily for wines? 

I would say, accidentally. I saw a photo of an audience with the former president, Ivo Josipović, with some impressive men, winemakers. And I immediately said that this is not the picture that is realistic, and somehow I started thinking about the Women and Wine Association, which I founded in 2011.

 

What was that crucial moment when you said, "Well, that's not right, and it's not just a male company!?" 

Well, because I simply know that wine world! Actually, I know it very well. I realized how women are in marketing, sommelier, wine shops, restaurants, but also in the field! And I think women weren't in the spotlight that much back then. However, two years later, in 2013, I founded something else, something commercial. The association is one thing, it is a non-profit association that unites all women who deal with all wines. I especially emphasize all wines because I don't want it to be mixed. Pink Day deals only with rosé wine and has no direct connection to the Women on Wine association. I initiated both, I am the president of both, but rosé establishes pink wines that are light, spring-like, ideal, and, someone would say feminine, and that's why I launched this festival to show that they are not just feminine. Here, there are many men among visitors and exhibitors, we have rosé made from Plavac Mali, from red wines that people may not even know. So, we have strong rosé, we have delicate rosé of Provencal color, salmon color, and onion peel color. But I think that rosé wine has 50 shades, if not more.

 

What would you say is the story behind enjoying rosé wine? Is it a wine that is poured for sunset enjoyment or paired with good food? 

Great question! You ask so romantically, and I like that. But I will answer this way: wine is either good or not good, and the color is not really important. That's precisely the affirmation of rosé that I wanted to achieve. It is mostly one-year-old and not intended for long aging, nurturing, or storage. But it is a wine that deserves attention, which is here and which will stay here like sparkling wines. It's not just a passing trend that only "ladies" drink in the summer. I drink rosé in the winter too, with ice, the French call it "à la piscine," and it's not a sacrilege, with some light food, a light salad, salmon, or even with prosciutto. What should be the motivation for drinking good wine, whether it's rosé or any good wine? Enjoyment, learning about wine, understanding that each wine is a little different, that each wine is a product behind which stands one person or more people, but very often, women too. It's art, and that's why I put Pink Day in a gallery and a museum, MSU, Mimara, Museum of Arts and Crafts, and now for two years in Lauba. Wine is not "for the market," and I don't like fairs that are in squares. They are okay, and I'm not criticizing anything there, but I think that real and good wine is a "Piece of Art."

 

Working on researching indigenous Croatian grape varieties and their listing, we were amazed by the historical heritage and legacy that Croatia nurtures. What is your impression of this year's festival? Are rosé wines made more from Croatian indigenous varieties or from popular foreign varieties? 

Of course, there are differences. Some are made from indigenous Croatian grape varieties, but I think that the majority is still made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Frankovka, but there are also very good rosés made from Teran and many different rosés. That's what makes the grandeur of this style of wine to me. These are wines that are short-aged, macerated for a very short time, maybe six hours, maybe a little longer, and yet they give such wonderful pleasures and experiences. I hope that more and more people will start trying rosé made from our indigenous grape varieties. Some winemakers told me that it was thanks to Pink Day that they started producing rosé, that they hadn't really thought about it before. For a long time, rosé was considered poor wine made from "sour grapes," so when you don't have anything else good, you make rosé. I think that understanding is far behind us, and ahead of us is a beautiful, pink future.

 

In your experience, what is the culture of drinking rosé like abroad, as opposed to here in Croatia? 

Well, I think we're catching up, thank God, and thank you for the question. Of course, in France, especially in Provence, rosé is always a welcome wine, and here in Croatia, it's becoming more and more popular, especially in spring and summer when it's hot and can be served very chilled to refresh us. Although, I repeat, I'm not saying that it can't be drunk in other seasons. All in all, the culture of drinking rosé is increasing or rising, whichever you prefer. The other day, I was in a restaurant in the center of Zagreb, and the table next to me was occupied by men who ordered bottles of rosé. They didn't order red wine, maybe they had been drinking sparkling wine before, I don't know because I arrived later, but they didn't order white wine, they ordered rosé. So rosé doesn't have to be "girly," when you say "girly," it usually sounds a bit degrading to me because it implies that women don't understand anything, so they take Barbie color or sweet wine, then dried berries or some other type of dessert wine. It doesn't have to mean that! Women know more and more about wine, and men drink more and more rosé, so that has nothing to do with it. The only thing that matters is whether the wine is good, whether people understand it, whether people want to drink quality wine, and whether they know how to pair it with good food. Therefore, I think the future of wine is bright - bright pink.

Exhibitors listed in alphabetical order

Agapito

Agapito Vines is a family winery from Istria that cultivates indigenous Croatian varieties, and at this fair they are presenting a rosé made from the Hrvatica grape. The planned annual production of rosé is around 1000 to 1500 bottles of wine.

Barun

Vinarija Barun is presenting rosé sparkling wines made from the Pinot Noir grape variety, aged for two and a half years using the cryo-maceration method.

Bastian

Vinarija Bastian is presenting rosé wines made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc grape varieties, producing around 4,000 liters of wine annually.

Bregovita Hrvatska

Bregovita Hrvatska is presenting rosé wines from wineries Miklaužić, Griffin Ivančić, Bedeković, Tomšić, Dvanejščak Kozol, Mladina, Bolfan Vinski Vrh, and Puhelek Purek.

Cmrečnjak

Vinarija Cmrečnjak from Međimurje is presenting rosé wines made from Pinot Noir and macerated Red Traminer grapes.

Degrassi

Vinarija Degrassi produces rosé wines from indigenous varieties Teran and Refosk, producing around 3,000 to 4,000 bottles per year. They also produce sparkling wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, which are aged for four years on lees.

Dubrovački Podrumi

Dubrovački podrumi are presenting their rosé wines in a rebranded edition, produced from Syrah and Kadarun grape varieties.

Dvorska vina Šoškić

Vina Šoškić present their rosé wines produced by the cold maceration method with dry ice at 10 degrees, made from autochthonous varieties such as Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and St. Laurent. They produce about 4,000 bottles of rosé per year.

Enosophia

Enosophia presents a light, refreshing sparkling wine made from Frankovka called Today Rose, and a still rose wine named Dika made from Frankovka as well.

Iločki Podrumi

Iločki podrumi present their rosé wine and sparkling wine made from frankovka, using the classic method of secondary fermentation and aged for a year in the bottle.

In Sylvis

In Sylvis vinarija from Sveti Petar u Šumi presents their rose wine made from teran grapes, of which they produce around 3,000 bottles per year.

Iuris

The Iuris winery from Aljmaš presents the Rosalia wine which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, a Muscat rose wine, and a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir.

Vinarija Jakobović

Vinarija Jakobović from Kutjevo is presenting us with a 2019 rose sparkling wine made from 50% Riesling, 25% Chardonnay and 25% Frankovka. The annual production is around 2,000-2,500 bottles of rose wine.

Vino Jamnik

Vina Jamnik are presenting a dry rosé made from the Zweigelt grape variety, which they mainly sell in Slovenia.

Korta Katarina

Krauthaker

Vinarija Krauthaker presents rose made of Syrah, Pinot Noir, and Merlot, and produces 40,000 bottles of rose wine annually.

Kutjevo

Vinarija Kutjevo is exhibiting their premium rosé made from black Pinot and Zweigelt, as well as a quality rosé made from Frankovka, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zweigelt. They produce around 50,000 liters of premium rosé per year.

Kvarner Wines

Kvarner Wines presents nine wineries: OPG Ružić, Plovanić Vina, Viska kuća Pavlomir, Kuća vina Ivan Katunar, Estate Winery Katunar, PZ Vrbnik, Gospoja, Vinarija Nada, and Šipun. They exhibit rose wines made from autochthonous varieties, predominantly san sigot, debejan, kabenina, plavina, and similar. They also present rose sparkling wines and their first still rose wine, Sveta Mendalina PZ Vrbnika. Additionally, they proudly showcase the Ružica Vinodola Vinske kuće Pavlomir rose.

LU-MA Ekskluziv

LU-MA Exclusive Distribution presents the Italian winery Piccini with a Prosecco made from the Glera grape variety with the addition of Pinot Noir from the Veneto region. They also present the winery Tore Mora from Sicily with their Scalunera Etna Rosato wine made from the Nerello Cappuccio and Nerello Mascalese grape varieties, as well as the winery Favorie with their Chateau Favori Rose wine made from the Rolle, Grenache, and Syrah grapes.

Matić vina

Vinarija Matić presents us with a rose made of two muscats, 80% Muscat Rose and 20% Muscat Blanc.

Medea

Medea Winery presents a rose wine made from refosk, teran, and cabernet with fruity notes and freshness, designed for summer months and food pairing. They expect to produce around 15,000 bottles of rose wine.

Meneghetti

Vinarija Meneghetti presents a dry rosé made from black pinot grapes with a fruity flavor, as well as rosé sparkling wines made from a combination of black pinot and chardonnay grapes that are aged for 18 months on yeast. They also present their Reserve, which is a blend of chardonnay and white pinot grapes, aged for 36 months on yeast in magnum bottles of 1.5 liters. Their annual production is around 4,000 to 4,500 bottles of wine.

Vina Mihelin

Mihelin Winery presents a rose wine made from the žametna črnina grape variety, a brut sparkling wine, and a sparkling wine with a strawberry flavor. Their annual production of rose wine is around 12,000 bottles.

Misal

Misal Winery from Pršurić presents us with four rosé wines. They also produce 12 classic method sparkling wines, and today they present us with the Royal, Rose, Rouge and Mister sparkling wines. Their annual production of sparkling wines and rosés is around 45 - 50,000 bottles.

Mohor Trgovina

Vinarija Miklaužić

Vinarija Miklaužić from Popovača presents a rose wine made from Frankovka, a blend of Black Pinot and Merlot, as well as classic method sparkling wines made from Black Pinot in white and rose versions.

Vinarija Orahovica

Orahovica Winery from Orahovica presents two rosés: a basic rosé that they sell over 40,000 bottles annually in free sale and the Martin Albus line that is sold through the HoReCa channel.

Puhelek Purek

Vinarija Puhelek Purek is presenting a rosé wine made from the black pinot grape variety, with a fruity taste and aromas of raspberry, strawberry, and blackcurrant. The wine is intended for warm summer days. This is their first year of producing rosé with around 5,000 bottles.

Wines Papak

Papak Ilok Winery presents dry and semi-sweet rosé wines made from Frankovka variety.

Vina Poletti

Vina Poletti are exhibiting a dry rosé made from Muscat Rose, which they sell on the domestic market through the HoReCa channel.

Puklavec Family Wines

Puklavec Family Wines from Slovenia present dry rosé and semi-dry rosé sparkling wine, as well as sweet wines made from Muscat grapes.

Radgonske Gorice

Radgonske Gorice presents monosort rosé sparkling wines, traditional method, produced from Pinot Noir.

Ritoša Vina

Ritoša Vina presents dry roses made from Porečki muškat ruža, with a coral-red color, as well as a semi-sweet ruby-colored wine. They produce around 2,000 bottles of rose and muškat ruža.

Rizman

Vinarija Rizman presents the Rusula rosé in a monovarietal version made from Plavac Mali grapes, of which they produce around 10,000 bottles per year.

Royal Hill

Royal Hill Estate winery is presenting a rosé sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir grapes and still rosé wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Franc grapes. They produce about 30,000 bottles of rosé which they sell through the HoReCa channel in the country and abroad.

Seletković

Vinarija Seletković from Kutina presents their rose wines made from Frankovka, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot grapes, of which they produce around 500 bottles per year.

Vinarija Šafran

Vinarija Šafran from Breznički Hum presents their Summer Wine, which is a blend of Graševina, Riesling, Manzonia, Sauvignon and Pinot blanc, as well as black varieties such as Frankovka and Portugizac. They produce around 15,000 liters of rosé wine annually.

Šember

Šember Winery presents us with a Rose sparkling wine produced from 100% Pinot Noir from the Plješivica region. Their annual production of sparkling wines is around 50,000 bottles.

Vinarija Tomić

Vinarija Tomić produces a rose wine from the indigenous variety Plavac Mali, with a short maceration of about six hours and pronounced forest aromas.

Veralda

Vinarija Veralda presents us with rose wines, one of which has a fruity taste with a prolonged intensity, the other is a rose sparkling wine, with a mild taste, best served as an aperitif, and the third one is a rose with a citrus taste, which is also recommended as an aperitif.

Vinea Gold

Vinea Gold presents wineries Antunović, French wine Ultimate Provence Chateau de Berne, macerated black pinot from Fantinel winery in northern Italy, and Sicilian rose wine Donnafugata in collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana.

Vinogorje Komarna

Komarna Wine Region, as part of the K7 association, showcases four rosé wines from wineries Opus, Terra Madre, Volarević, and Deak. All of them are light rosés based on plavac mali with the addition of syrah and cabernet, but plavac mali rosés mostly prevail. They are produced using the classical method of preparation and processing. Each winery produces around 10,000 bottles of rosé per year, depending on the vintage.

Vislander

Vukovarsko - srijemska županija

Green in Pink - extra virgin olive oils

Dal Fleur

Dal Fleur oil mill from the hinterland of Šibenik owns an old olive grove renovated with new olives of the Oblica variety. They produce around 300 liters of extra virgin olive oil per year which they sell in restaurants and wine shops.

Delicity - Mediteranski Okusi

Delicity brand presents products made from organic almonds and extra virgin olive oil from the company Mediteranski okusi, as well as blends of Mediterranean spices and flower salt. They produce olive oil from the varieties of leccino, bjelica, buža, and frantoio. They produce around 3,000 liters per year, which they sell in restaurants and wine shops.

Drago Oil

Drago Oil presents their oils Drago Oil Organic and Drago Oil Bokun.

Ipša

Ipša presents us with olive oils made from leccino, frantoio, bjelica, črnica, and bugla varieties, from which they produce single variety oils and blends. They produce from 3 to 10,000 liters of oil per year, depending on the yield.

Oleum Maris

Oleum Maris presents monovarietal Oio Vivo oils made from varieties such as vodnjanska buža, žižolera, rosinjola and istarska bjelica, as well as two blends Bon and Gajardo. They sell their products in restaurants in the Pula area.

San Antonio

San Antonio olive mill presents their organic oils made from varieties such as karbonaca, leccino, buža and bjelica as well as their blends. They produce around 20,000 liters of oil from 7,000 olive trees on 30 hectares of land.

Sveti Ivan

Uljara Sveti Ivan exhibits monovarietal oil made from the Oblica variety and a blend of Oblica and Italian varieties, from which they produce about 4 tons of oil. They sell through restaurants and specialized shops.

Torkul

Fanito, a family-owned oil production company, presents its brand Torkul made from lastovka and drobnica olive varieties. With around 2,000 olive trees, they produce up to 7 tons of Torkul, about 1.5 tons of lastovka, and 1 ton of drobnica per year. They also have a limited edition of pitted olives called Torkul Frane, celebrating the 21st year of their business.

Zlatna Šoltanka

The Golden Solta Association of Olive Growers from the island of Solta presents oils of the Ascolana, Levantinka, and Oblica varieties.

Additional offer of the fair

Aura

Aura Distillery presents a gin tonic with a hint of Teran grape and the first Croatian aperitif, ORA D'ORO.

Fever Tree

Ramova

Solana Ramova produces fleur de sel from which they make food additives from pure salt as well as blends with rosemary and black wine. They also produce sea oil for body care.

Rossi destilerija

Destilerija Rossi was founded in 1885 when they produced herbal brandy and grape brandy. They are presenting themselves with Epullon, Erba Luigi brandy, and Nostromo - the first Istrian gin based on Istrian Malvasia.

Valentić

Valentić distribution of strong alcoholic beverages presents distillates from over 300 brands, and they especially highlight their Incanto, partner distillery Fructus from Orahovica, and the line of Croatian gin, Croatian Rose, in a pink variant, produced by maceration with berries of forest fruits and rose petals.