Viticulture and wine have for centuries
been a Lovrec family tradition.
It is a tradition that still lives in the cultural and historical heritage of our family estate, and in the wine cellar, where there is one of the oldest winepresses to be found in northwest Croatia.
A pleasant drive 20 km northwest of the town of Čakovec, trough undulating countryside planted with vineyards, brings you to the sleepy village of Sv.Urban, close to the Slovenian border. Here the Lovrec family runs a high quality vineyard producing a variety of award-winning white wines: chardonnay, sauvignon, pinot grigio, Johannisbergriesling, white Riesling and Gewurtztraminer. In an authentic wooden outbuilding, complete with rustic furnishing, you can take part in an amusing and informative wine tasting session (available in Croatian, Slovenian, English and German). Expect to sample eight different wines, ranging from dry to sweet, accompanied by homemade bread, local cheese and salami. At the end, it is possible to buy wine to take home. Open daily for wine tasting, but better to telephone first to arrange a time. Tel 00 385 40 830 171. Sv. Urban 133, Strigova (from 1st edition "Footprint Croatia Handbook" by Jane Foster).
En route to Hungary: Međimurje
The undulting landscapes of Međimurje stretch northeast of Varaždin towards the borders with Hungary and Slovenia. Fertile, scenic and packed with vineyards, orchards, wheat fields and gardens, this area sees few tourists. That is slowly changing, however, as its attractions, such as up-and-coming wine cellars and the spa village of Sveti Martin, become uncovered.
To sample the region's top wines in an authentic family enviroment, head to Lovrec vineyard in the village of Sveti Urban, 20 km northwest of Čakovec, the region's capital. The guided tour (available in English, French and German) of this country estate tells you about the boutique wine production and its fascinating history, which spans six generations of winemakers. You'll peek into the 300-year-old wine cellar with ancient wine presses and barrels, rest in the shade of two towering plane trees once used as air-conditioning for the cellar, take in the vistas of the 6-hectar vineyards and top it off with tasting about 10 wine varieties, from chardonnay and pinot gris to local graševina. The whole experience lasts up two hours and costs 80 kn (20 kn extra for tasty cheese, salami and bread snacks), with a bottle of wine to take home. You're encouraged to buy another bottle. (from 2009 edition "Lonley planet: Croatia travel guide", article by Anja Mutić)