Clai

Based in Istria, Clai winery is a family business encompassing 8 ha of vineyards and 3 ha of olive trees. Their wine-growing approach respects the nature in its fullest and it’s all about quality, not quantity.

Fully biodynamic and organic, in the vineyard they only use minimal and occasional natural, organic manures, and no chemical treatments. After coming to the cellar, the grapes are vinified in a natural way, with spontaneous fermentation on the skins and without the addition of enzymes, added yeasts or malolactic bacteria. The wines are mellowed in wooden barrels of various sizes, with a long stay on the lees. After nearly a year the wines are bottled without micro- or sterile filtering.

Clai’s principal goal is to enhance their terroir. Their 6 labels of wines are all made of native grapes - Malvasia, Refosco and Muscat - or their blend with international varietals. Clai believes there’s no "good" or “bad" year if you work in a natural way - the vintages are just different. They depend on seasonal climatic factors that determine the absolute value of the wine: its quality.

Clai biodynamic, orange and red wines enjoy international reputation. Their Sv Jakov Malvazija has been listed in the book 101 wines to try before you die, by author Margaret Rand who also put it to Decanter's short list of 10 wines to try in 2019!

 

 

Clai vineyards

Clai team

Clai wines

 

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Clai Ottocento White
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Ottocento White
Biodynamic, organic dry white blend made by famous Croatian winemaker Clai.
€28,95
Clai Terre Bianche
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Terre Bianche
Exquisite organic extra virgin olive oil made of 5 local and 2 international varieties. Certified organic/ biodynamic production. Gold award NYIOOC 2019.
€16,95
Clai Sv. Jakov Malvazija 2016
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Sv. Jakov Malvazija 2016
Clai Sv Jakov Malvazija extraordinary biodynamic orange wine. Listed by Decanter as 101 wines to try before you die and 10 wines to try in 2019! Vintage 2016. Limited availability.
€34,95
Clai Ottocento Red
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Ottocento Red
Biodynamic, organic red wine blend made by a renowned winemaker Giorgio Clai. Blend of Refosco and Merlot, where Merlot gives fruit and softness and Refosco keeps acidity and freshness. Together, they make up for a beautifully balanced and elegant wine wi
€28,95
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