At the award ceremony, the owner of the winery, Claudio Tomaz, received the winner’s trophy from the hands of the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović who also congratulated him on his feat.

“I am extremely honored that the visitors have chosen my wine as the wine of the year, and that I have received the award from the president herself, just like two years ago, when one of my terans won,” Tomaz said. The head of state was joined by her Slovak counterpart Andrej Kiska, who complimented Croatian wines.

“I like wine and yesterday I had the opportunity to taste some Croatian wines. I am glad a malvasia won the award as it’s an excellent wine. It is now important to build its reputation and hand it over to us Slovaks,” Kiska added. At the end of the award ceremony, the Croatian president toasted with the Slovak president, the winner of this year’s Hidden Charms of the Istrian Wines event, and her husband Jakov.

“I am having a great time in Umag this evening and looking forward to some fantastic tennis. This is a huge sporting event and a big tourism promotion for not just Umag but Istria and Croatia as well,” Grabar Kitarović said, adding that she had no favorites in the final and would root for both tennis players.

The Hidden Charms of the Istrian Wines wine tasting events showcase the most prestigious local wines. They have become an integral part of the ATP tournament and one of its most popular events. This year, every day from Monday until Saturday, three wineries showcased their top wines. Alongside the winning Tomaz aged malvasia, the finalists of the ATP Wine of the Year competition included Veraldi’s fresh malvasia, Benvenuti’s aged teran, a sparkling wine by Vina Zigante, a cabernet sauvignon by Degrassi and Kozlović’s red coupage.