Stony vineyards

Stony vineyards, 100 ha; Year of planting: 1981st to 1984th, Elevation: 200-220 m;

Types of soil: brown on limestone; Climate: sub-Mediterranean,

Varieties: white, indigenous Zilavka 90% and 10% Bena, the number of vines 220,000; Yield/ha: 6-7t

The location is unique for the fact that the stone desert turned into an oasis of luxury and beauty. In the initial phases of foundation of these vineyards, this entrepreneurship seemed an illusion since the quantity of soil in this location is negligible, and the fragmented limestone makes 70% of the substratum. Once more, Zilavka proved to have coalesced with this climate and that its name is compatible with its features. This vineyard was founded in the early 80s of the past century and as such is a rarity in the world. The classic methods of cultivation of land for plantations of vine grapes were replaced here with powerful machines, rippers and bulldozers, and with application of the modern ampelotechnological methods the substratum for plantation of grape vine was created. In the initial phases of foundation of these vineyards, this entrepreneurship seemed an illusion since the quantity of soil in this location is negligible, and the fragmented limestone makes 70% of the substratum. Once more, Zilavka proved to have coalesced with this climate and that its name is compatible with its features. This plantation covers the surface of 100 hectares, it’s divided into eleven production units, the size of one unit is 7 to 9 hectares. In each, the varieties of Zilavka and Bena are planted with 90:10 proportion. The grapes from this location are transported to the wine cellar Citluk, and with a controlled fermentation a high quality dry white wine is obtained from it. Supposing that the features of the wine greatly depend on the character of the ambience (the stone) where thr grapes are produced, the producer came to the idea of naming the wine derived from that location, “Stony wine”, production of which began in 1990.