The southern slopes of Krndija, exposed to sunlight as they largely envelop Požega Valley on the northeast, contain the famous Kutjevo winegrowing area. It is exceptionally appreciated for the quality of wines produced there.
Vlado Krauthaker, BE in agronomy and oenologist, the owner of Krauthaker Vineyards and Winery, contributes to the rich winegrowing and winemaking tradition of the Kutjevo region. At the time of its founding, the winery owned 1 hectare of vineyards. Until the year 2010 the winery became owner of 32 hectares of vineyards. The winery operates additional 68 hectares of third party owned vineyards.
A particular attention is paid to indigenous Welschriesling variety – Graševina, which is frequently awarded with gold medals at fairs and wine exhibitions. Krauthaker emphasizes environmentally friendly winegrowing and constant quality as a major principle of its production. As particular climate and suitability of the Welschriesling varieties, Krauthaker winery frequently produces predicate wines – spätlese and auslese wines as well as dried berries auslese wines.
Apart from the exceptional Graševina Krauthaker also nurtures superior wines of other grape varieties: Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Zelenac, Merlot and Pinot Noir, which have all received good response at wine competitions. Quality and success of the wines is illustrated by numerous medals received at globally renowned wine competitions and tastings.
Our vineyards are located in Kutjevo winegrowing region on the southern slopes of Krndija – a Slavonian hill partially within Papuk Nature Park. Kutjevo winegrowing region is situated in the northern part of Požega valley. Krauthaker vineyards are found at 45.3° North, the same geographic line that extends westwards through the most famous winegrowing regions of the world: Istria, Piedmont, Val du Rhone, Bordeaux and Oregon.
Elevation of the vineyards relative to the sea level ranges from 200 and 300 metres. As annual precipitation ranges between 500 and 800 mm of rainfall per square metre – the climate, terroir and weather conditions provide excellent environment for winegrowing.