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Benkovac winery - Korlat wines

Benkovac Winery

The Benkovac vinery was built in 1956-1957 following the examples of existing wineries in the south of France. It consists of three different edifice, one for primary processing, care and maturation. Benkovac winery building is very attractive even today. The roof and a part of the facade is covered by ivy which gives it a beautiful, out of ordinary look, and ensures enough shade in the big wine-cellar.

Strong sun and grudging soil of this Benkovac - Stankovci vineyards give such versatile characteristics to wines of Benkovac.

Benkovac winery was known by its rose wine until 2005, when the new vineyards were being planted in Korlat near Benkovac, in stone macchia, on an area of 103 ha with 530.000 grapevines. Vineyard was planted with bedding material from France, and the assortment of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet franc i Mourvèdre.

Benkovac Vinery is well-known by its grape brandy and the finest wine condensates from which the old and European awarded Glembay brandy is made. 

The Town of Benkovac

The Town of Benkovac was named after Croatian counts Benkovići who had their seat in Kaštel of Benkovac. Kaštel of Benkovac, where you can find a museum today, was an old Croatian fortress which was transformed into a castle by Benkovići after the Turks arrived in the 16th century. 

Historical monuments in the area are many, but some of the most interesting ones to visit are the endowment of count Branimir from the 9th century (Šopot), the remains of Roman colony Asseria (Podgrađe) and the church of St. Antun from 1743. Glagolitic alphabet was formed in the mediaeval period and kept till 19th century. This area became a cross-border stronghold and an important crossroads which connected towns on the north coast of Dalmatia with Croatia.