Over a summer, two travelers drink their way through the wines of Mediterranean Europe
Driving up the Pelješac peninsula from the Croatian mainland, Miloš is one of the first wineries one comes across. It is located in the little village of Ponikve just a few kilometers north of the walled town of Ston with its beautiful fortress.
Although the Miloš family has been making wine for over 100 years, like most families in the countries of the former Yugoslavia they had to sell their grapes to the state-owned cooperatives. So it was only in the beginning of the 1990’s that Miloš became a private business, and is now producing about 50,000 liters of wine annually. Today Frano Miloš has managed to make the family winery into one of the most successful in the Pelješac region, and frequently receives large tour groups in their new tasting room and century-old family cellar.
Miloš produces a broad range of wines in each of the quality categories existing in Croatia (table, quality, high quality and special). Since we couldn’t try them all, we decided to taste their most popular varietal, the Plavac. It was a vintage from 2004 with a 12.6% of alcohol, a nice nose with a touch of aged leather and a well-balanced body. While dry, it was very well balanced and drinkable, especially for summer.
We also tried one of their whites, Nadahnuće, which was a very good 50%-50% blend of Pošip and Maraština grapes. Both of these grapes came through surprisingly well and didn’t trounce one another, making for a very complimentary blend. Although it had a somewhat light and fruity nose, it was quite a strong white.
Closing up our tasting, we tried one of their high-end whites, the Stagnum from 2004 made up of Plavac Mali grapes. While stronger than the Plavac and with an alcohol percentage of nearly 15%, it had quite a smooth finish and was very even tempered.