Food and Wine in Slavonia
Food of Slavonia
Few of Croatian regions are so rich in recipes. The famous Slavonian cuisine has a touch of Dalmatia, Zagorje, Lika and some European cuisines. Many occasions in the lives of the Slavonians have called for great celebrations. So they came up with specific dishes for harvests, births, engagements, weddings, sacral holidays (Christmas, Easter, Shrove) or the popular Slavonian pig-slaughter days. Dishes prepared according to traditional recipes are particularly popular: cobanac, fish stew, chicken stew and many others. They normally prepare vegetables in the form of stew with paprika. Every true Slavonian will treat you to some homemade kulen, homemade ham, smoked sausages and other typical delicacies in their home. Fish stew has a special place among the numerous Slavonian specialties. River fish is particularly in demand in Slavonia. Especially carp on a spit, roasted over open fire, or catfish in corn flour served with bean salad with fresh onions and pumpkinseed oil. These dishes are perfectly accompanied by one of the Graševina wines from Slavonian cellars. Famous Slavonian wines and wines made by small producers are equally represented in the offer. The first sparkling wine in Croatia was produced in 1896 in Slatina.
Wines in Slavonia
Slavonia has excellent conditions for winegrowing and winemaking. In the past, the wines of Slavonia were often found on the tables of emperors and noblemen and it is this tradition that the present Slavonian vineyards derive from: Srijem, Baranja and Ðakovo in the east and Kutjevo in the west of Slavonia. Slavonia has truly excellent capacities for production of large amounts of premium wine, especially white wine. It is hard to say which Slavonian vineyards are better and more tempting: those in Srijem and Baranja in the Danube region, those in Ðakovo in East Slavonia or those in Kutjevo in Central Slavonia. The center of development of Slavonian winemaking is the area around Kutjevo. Enjingi, Krauthaker and PPK Kutjevo are the most important Slavonian winemakers. Eninjgi, and especially Krauthaker, keep experimenting with new varieties, which definitely erases Slavonia’s Graševina monoculture image as it was six or seven years ago. The biggest barrel – the winery within the former Adamovic-Cseh manor in Erdut is known for an oak barrel having a volume of 75,000 liters, which is why it has been included in the Guinness Book of Records. The old medieval fort in Erdut, considered to be the key sightseeing point, provides a view of Danube.
Organized wine tours
The vineyards of Baranja and Erdut are the first two vineyard areas to become part of the Vintour – the wine roads of the European Union. This project is associated with the tourist development of rural regions organized on wine roads. Hungary, Italy, Spain and Croatia are the members and the project is financed by the European Union. So far, the project includes seven wine roads from Hungary, Spain and Italy, and Croatia partnered with the neighboring Hungary with which Osijek-Baranja County signed the General Convention for Connection of Wine Roads. Once the necessary conditions have been fulfilled, Vintour should also include the vineyards of Ðakovo, Fericanci and Našice. Each vineyard region will thus have its starting point. For Baranja, it will be the Prince Eugene of Savoy in Bilje and Kopacki rit Nature Park. Aljmaš and its shrine should be the starting point in the Erdut vineyards. Ðakovo will start with the cathedral and the National Lipizzaner Stables. Bizovacke toplice with its castles and gardens in Donji Miholjac, Valpovo and Našice will complete the offer of the Fericanci-Našice vineyards.
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