A relative newcomer to Istrian winemaking, Bruno started in 2003 after his grandfather left a small vineyard which inspired him to study viniculture.
Trapan’s red-soil vineyards face the Kvarner Bay, 10 kilometres from Pula in the south of Istria; with lots of influence from the sea, more sun and less rain, his white wines are full bodied, mineral, almost salty but with less floral and fruity characteristics, so Bruno thinks reds will start to dominate his wine production in future years. This from a man who won this year’s award ‘Best aged Malvasija in the World’ for his Uroboros 2008!
With new plantings of 5 hectares this year and a new winery and bottling plant opening at the end of 2010, his capacity will increase to 90,000 bottles; new grape varieties are merlot (planted 2009) and teran this year, to add to malvasija, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and syrah. His white wines differ from many Istrian wines through his use of more acacia wood in the barrels, which allow for a lighter, fresher taste.
Organic status was reached in 2009 and certification arrives 2011.
Bruno’s Rubi Rosé, named after daughter Rubi and one of the first successful rosé wines made in Istria, sold out in a few months – light, dry, easy-drinking party wine complete with a pink cork, it’s been called ‘the girliest rosé ever’!
So, award- and medal-winning wines from one of the youngest winemakers in Istria, and yet whilst the winery is being built, Bruno still conducts his wine production from his house in Pula, with barrels in the garage, pipes underfoot and what’s been termed a ‘Wendy Winehouse’ (Amy’s sister?) in the garden to store bottles!
Bruno thinks the Romans knew a good thing when they saw it, as they were the first to export Istrian wine and oil across Europe, and he must surely take inspiration from living in a city that has one of the largest surviving Roman amphitheatres in the world.