Baranja autumn colours are worth seeing. Even the Roman Emperor Probus “like” the only hill in Baranja and he brought the first grapevines there and excitedly called Mons aureus – golden hill. Since then, in Baranja grown grapes, this became and remained its trademark. Pride of Baranja is wine routes, which have long been must destination for travellers, adventurers, tourists, hedonist or businessmen. These cellars kept centennial secrets valuable winemakers and growers. September and October is the time when starting the grape harvest.
The goal is to call the friends and guests to the basement and drink some glass of wine, cook something and at the end sing – say winemakers. The autumn is right time for it.
And in the basement is like in the basement. The story is about everything.
It may sound silly, but the existence is in the second place, says winegrowers and winemakers, pointing out that cellar to them means love and tradition.
The experience of the wine cellar, which is steeped in tradition is difficult to describe. Particularly in the warm basement room which are served a delicacy, whether it’s a fish stew or veal roast.
Each of these dishes is characterized by the taste. Into them is added own wines, and similar stews you cannot eat anywhere.
Those, however, who want the restaurant-basement atmosphere, wine cellars in Baranja are a perfect blend of traditional and modern. It is a special atmosphere in the wine cellars in Baranja during each season, but autumn is still the autumn.
A special place in the whole of the autumn-story about basement of Baranja occupies the old Belje cellar. The building is several centuries old.
What might be the autumn walk through Baranja wine cellar if you would forget at St Martin’s Day? In Italy and now lives proverb “II nuovo wine si beve a San Martino!” (New wine should drink on St Martin’s day!). That’s how was created a custom that in some wine-growing regions for the Day of St Martin’s baptized young wine.
We have not forgotten autumn in the vineyard area of Sokadija in Baranja. Maybe the cellars on the hill above Draz and Gajic are perfect place for autumn fun. They’re still far from commercialization, in them are not organized visits of lot of people, but have their own charms.
Baranja is, many will agree, always beautiful. But autumn, autumn wear something special.