EXPERIENCE WINE AND TIME
AT XI CENTURY CASTLE AND VINEYARD
The two Annexes are the Cellar with old Austrian 25 000 Liters mosaic glass barrel in the left Annex and the active Production Hall with Degustation room in the right Annex.
THE CASTLE

DVORAC BELAJ is early Baroque Castle and Vineyard situated in the hilly area of the North-Eastern part of Istrian peninsula, Croatia. Surrounded by the untouched nature it has one of the best views over The Učka ([ˈut͡ʃka], Italian: Monte Maggiore) mountain.

DVORAC BELAJ is a registered Historical Heritage.

The Castle consists of the central residential part of the palace with four-storey wings. On three sides of the inner courtyard it is closed by semicircular arcades on the ground floor and first floor, while the north-west wing entrance closes with facade decorated with stone. Left and right of the residential part, in the same line are located farm buildings that used to hold basements, stables and barns, but also facilities for wine production. These are long and narrow single-storey buildings with gabled roofs.

The culture of wine making is known to exist in the area from the Roman period.

The Castle and winemaking have always lived in a symbiosis and in past were ruled by noble families such as Guteneck, Moyses, Barbo and Auersperg.

The first mentioning of the estate dates back to 1063 when the Istrian count Ulich Weimer took the are abetween Labin and Rijeka. Emperor Henrik thus donated several castles to the count including Bellai.

another evidence dates back to XIV Century, when in the 1367 It was stated as Bray. From that period dates nearby medieval castle Possert, previous center of this estate. When it was abandoned, at the beginning of XVII Century, Daniele Barbo built Belaj as a new residence.

It was in the possession of Barbo's descendants until 1668 when it was sold to Johann Weikhard from Auersperg noble family. Numerous castles and estates of the central Istria Johann united in a single manor Wachsenstein (Kožljak), and the center from the medieval castle Kožljak by which was named, was transferred to Belaj. Johann heirs reconstructed the Castle in the Baroque style to rustic castle in the end of XVII Century.


IN XXI CENTURY THE CASTLE AND THE VINEYARD ARE THE PRIVATE PROPERTY.

GUESTS ARE WELCOME TO EXPERIENCE VINEYARD SYMBIOSIS WITH THE COMPLEX OF THE CASTLE AND TWO ANNEXES.

THE CASTLE HAS THREE FLOORS OF WHICH GROUND IS OPEN TO THE GUESTS.

GROUND FLOOR DEMONSTRATES INNER YARD, ANCIENT MILL. BREAD STOVE, PRISON AND THE CHAPEL.

THE CHAPEL OF ST. HENRY II
BAROQUE MARBLE ALTAR AND PAINTED ALTARPIECE, TOMBSTONES OF FAMILY BARBO AND NOBLE FAMILIES FROM KRšAN, KOžLJAK AND PAZ WERE TRANSMITTED TO DVORAC BELAJ FROM ST. MARY ON ČEPIć LAKE AFTER THE CLOSURE OF THE PAULISTS MONASTERY IN 1783.






THE VINEYARD

MALVAZIJA 6.4 HA
CHARDONNAY 1.4 HA
MERLOT 1.2 HA
PINOT NOIRE 1.4 HA

CURRENT OLDEST VINES DATED 1964
THE HISTORICAL VINEYARDS OF DVORAC BELAJ ARE STANDING ON THE HILLS IN THE EASTERN PART OF ISTRIA PENINSULA AT 230 M ABOVE SEA LEVEL.DVORAC BELAJ IS INFLUENCED BY WIND FROM EAST AND SOUTH. THE MICROCLIMATE HAS NO SIGNIFICANT TEMPERATURE SPLITS.
ON THE VINEYARD TERRITORY THERE IS A UNIQUE MIXTURE OF WHITE, RED AND BLUE SOILS.

MATOSEVIC AND KOZLOVIC PRODUCE ENOLOGY AND BOTTLING OF DVORAC BELAJ WINES.
Malvazija Istarska 2012
100% Malvazija
This wine was aged in the wooden barrel of 2000 L for 6 months. Bottled 09.2013.
This Malvazija has very intensed freshness and soury-salty taste due to high minerality. On the nose you read mature aromatics, acacia flower, smoked bacon and dried apple.

Chardonnay SELECTION 2014
100% Chardonnay
This wine was fermented and aged in small barrique barrels. Bottled 10.2015.
This wine is refreshing and "greasy" on the nose, you can feel citrus and passion fruit.
Please OPEN BOTTLES half hour before tasting.

Chardonnay 2015
100% Chardonnay
This Chardonnay was produced 100% in barrique using "sur lie"( sur li) for 6 months. It has complex smell and taste, aroma is focused on tropical fruits, especially green bananas. Minerality is noticed at the end after acidity.

Malvazija 2015
100% Malvazija
This wine is typical istrian Malvazija produced in inox. It has intense freshness, minerality and taste of apple crust. On the nose you can feel acacia flower and apple juice. On the aftertaste is bitterish almond.

Malvazija 2015 KSENIIA
100% Malvazija
This wine was fermented in inox and aged for 6 months in big oak barrel. On the nose you can feel acacia flower, some smoke, dried flowers and pear.

Malvazija 2016
100% Malvazija
This wine is produced in inox barrel. It gives pleasant fresnhess, full mouthfeel. Aromas are citrus and acacia flower.

Chardonnay 2016
100% Chardonnay
On the nose are intensive banana and tropical fruit. These also follow on the taste. Acidity is rounded and pleasant, intensive with fruit.

WINE DEGUSTATION TOURS
DVORAC BELAJ has unique historical indoor and outdoor venues and viewpoints to invite Guests for wine degustations and for a walk around the Castle, Annexes and the Park.

TRY OUR VINITALY 2017 COMPLIMENTED 100% CHARDONNAY AND MALVAZIJA AGED AND FRESH WINES.

Min price 20 Euro
WALKING TOURS
DVORAC BELAJ welcomes groups and individuals to walking tours around the Castle, inner Church of St Henry II as well as St Martin Church and neighbouring Posert (Shabaz) castle ruins. Tours vary in route difficulties.

Min price 15 Euro
PRIVATE EXPERIENCE
On a full range of your private event possibilities please be advised via
Tel +385 91 6222 549
Email zb@dvoracbelaj.com
CONTACTS
Zhan Belay

zb@dvoracbelaj.com
+385 91 6222 549

OPENING HOURS


Mon-Tue, Thur-Sun

09:00-22:00

Wed-CLOSED










BELAJ 20, Cerovlje, Istra, Croatia
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