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The 25 acres of vineyard and wine cellar belonging to Arman Marijan wines have been in the family for over 200 years. Current owner Marijan is the fifth generation of Arman producing wine on the southern slopes of the Mirna river, located near Poreč, Istria. He now passes the family experience and tradition down to his daughters Ines and Nina.
Having evolved into a fully modernised boutique winery, the heart of their estate is a wine cellar, tasting room and open terrace with views over their vineyards. Here, they welcome visitors to taste their 14 different labels. Their white varieties include Malvasia, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and White Muskat, their red grapes, Teran, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.
Arman Marijan's flagship wine, which holds the Vižinada terroir seal, is the Malvasia Grand Cru. It was recognised as the best young Malvasia in the world Malvasia competition at the 2018 Vinistra fair in Poreč.
Although this single grape variety gets much of the international attention, it's also fascinating to learn about the different attributes of each of the grape varieties and the skill utilised in combining them in Marijan Arman's blended wines, the Cuvee Superior (made of Teran, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), and the Cuvee Superior Blanc (made of Malvasia, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc).
Arman Marijan's winemaking process is a careful one; he inspects his vineyards himself and prunes the vines by hand. Coupling these traditional, labour-intensive methods with contemporary ideas and equipment helps them produce some 80,000 bottles of award-winning wine every year, a thirty percent minimum of which are demanded by export.