Kalazic winery is being continuously developed from the first harvest, which we had on this vineyard new plantation in 2007 until today. In the production of wine, we started with a relatively small cellar of 66m2 in all, but today we are currently in the process of constructing a modern winery area of almost 1,000m2 and twice the capacity of the currently processed amounts.
This new Kalazić winery is to be completed and put into operation by next harvest, which we expect in early September of this year. We are currently producing about 150,000 bottles (0.75 litres) of wine each year. The production of wine uses traditional wooden, oak barrels providing 225 and 500 litres and modern stainless steel tanks for obtaining fresh, soft wine.
The location for the new winery building has been carefully selected in order for the time of delivering the grapes from vineyards to processing to be as short as possible.
Interesting enough, in the past in this area wine production facilities were built exclusively buried in the ground, like tunnels and sometimes were not even built from brick or stone, but the walls were only made of earth, which here is strong enough and does not collapse. Usually they are 5 or more meters below the ground, and have a length of 20 to 50 meters. In these cellars with no air conditioning in summer and winter, the temperature is constant and ranges between 13 and 15 °C, which is ideal for processing and storing wine.
Humidity is also ideal for keeping the wine in wooden barrels, as well as for freshening wine in glass bottles sealed with a cork stopper. Before in Batina, almost every house had this kind of higher or lower basement. They are called “gatori”, and were located mostly in the “surduci”, resulting from water runoff from the hills during heavy rains. As the soil is sandy, without stone, on its way to the Danube the water has carved deep ruts that are now streets where there “enclosures” or cellars are located.