Bibich

Proprietor: Alen Bibić
Founded: 1906
Country Location: Croatia

Today it is impossible to talk about the Mediterranean wine region of Skradin without mentioning Alen Bibić. In many ways, he is to credit for putting Skradin back on the wine map



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The appellation. The Bibich Winery is located in the hills of Skradin, 5 miles east of the idyllic port city of Šibenik, along Croatia’s island speckled coast. Across the Adriatic from Italy, it is roughly in line with the wine hills of Tuscany. The vineyards are around the tiny village of Plastovo, and clearly defined by the primitive looking rock pile/walls that are the result of clearing the fields for vines. What plots of soil can be found are just the broken down bits of the solid limestone hills. Although an incredibly picturesque part of Croatia, it was also hard hit during the Yugoslav wars of the early 90’s.


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Alen BibićThe people. That was the past, enterprising young wine makers are now building a new future. Nowdays, It is impossible to talk about the Mediterranean wine region of Skradin without mentioning Alen Bibić. In many ways he deserves credit for putting Skradin back on the wine map. A life long native he learned to make wine from his grandfather.

Today, it is his mission to bring the wines of Skradin to international prominence. By doing so, he hopes to sustain the long tradition of the indigenous white Debit and red Zinfandel relatives Babic, Plavina and Lasin unique to his home. Alen also has a taste for Grenache and Shiraz, of which he makes surprisingly Rhone-ish examples. Despite the quality of his wines and the acclaim they have received, Alen believes that the surface is just being scratched.


In the vineyards. Alen eats his lunch in the shade of the same tree he would as a child when helping his grandfather in the prized Lučica vineyard planted long ago. Head pruned old vine Debit, it is the source of the premier white wine of Bibich and named after the vineyard. Located in the hills around the tiny village of Plastovo, Lučica and Alen’s many other small plots benefit from the dry, sunny conditions that demand little spraying against molds or pests. At night, low pressure created by the nearby Adriatic also draws cool air from the easterly mountains, which dramatically reduces temperatures and imparts a freshness to the wines. Most vineyards are head pruned and all are dry farmed. Yeilds range between 1 and 2 kilo per plant, and all harvesting is done by hand.


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In the cellar. Grapes are delivered to the winery in small plastic crates. With the exception of the fresh stainless steel fermented Debit, all Bibich wines are fermented with native yeast, sometimes in stainless steel, sometimes in barrique, and usually aged in barrel for 12 months or more. Interestingly, Alen ages his white R5 Reserva and red R6 Riserva in American oak barrique. However, and despite the often overwhelming nature of this kind of wood, with Alen’s wines it’s more like a touch of salt to bring a dish to life. The integration is remarkable, unique in the region, and great with food.

Read the report of a visit of the Bibich estate in Skradin in our blog.

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Wines:

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Ambra
Ambra is a sweet wine made in the style of Dalmatian Prošek. Typically produ... more >
$49.95  
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Bas de Bas Blanc

2006
WAS $59.95. The Bas-de-Bas vineyard is a once famous, forgotten ... more >
$40.00  
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Bas de Bas Rouge

2010
Coming soon! Shipping in the 2nd week of February. The Bas-de-Bas vineyard i... more >
$89.95  
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G6 Grenache

2012
Alen farms an old vineyard of goblet pruned Grenache in Nadin near the seasid... more >
$26.95  
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Lučica

2011
Lučica is Alen’s homage to his grandfather. The fruit is sourced from the ... more >
$34.95  
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P9 Pošip

2012
WAS $26.95. Although Pošip originates from the Island of Korčula in southern Dalmatia, ... more >
$24.00  
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R5 Riserva

2011
R5 is one of the most unique Bibich wines. Very much a cellar cuvee (%15 of t... more >
$18.95  
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R6 Riserva

2013
The lithe, mineral R6 typically has a freshness uncommon to the reds from the... more >
$19.95  
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Sangreal Merlot

2011
The Sangreal Merlot is Alen Bibich' master piece and personal pride. It's mad... more >
$49.95  
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Sangreal Shiraz

2012
Located near Skradin in northern Dalmatia, the Biblić vineyards, owned by Al... more >
$34.95  
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