Located not far from PRNJAVOR in the north of BOSNIA Vinarija Fazan(the Pheasant Estate), was born out of a dream which came true and a love story between Christian Zwickert, wine enthusiast and professional from Alsace and dr. Oksana Sadzik a native of the region who was living in Germany.
Oksana’s family had been living in Bosnia-Herzegovina since 1898. and owned several hectares of land on a south-facing hillside which had fallen into disuse after the death of the grandfather, Vladimir. All that remained were goats, hares and pheasants. Oksana ended up with a plot and a small ramshackle cottage after the land was divided up.
“We fell in love with this wonderful site. Nature had reclaimed it but I could see that the clay soil was made for growing vines.”
Together, they made the decision to revive the property and an estate was put together by purchasing land from uncles, aunts and neighbours. The old ruined house was demolished.
2008 was dedicated to land clearance and preparation of the plots and in 2010, the first vines were planted. (Three and a half hectares have been planted to date).
All equipment and plants were imported; our suppliers are mainly French with some Italians and Slovenians.
Thanks to the support of Nada Harijan, Oksana’s mother, who was responsible for management and administration, the project moved forward quickly and a modern wine vault with accommodation on top was built.
By the summer of 2011, everything was habitable and operational.
Boris Lepir was hired and joined the team in 2012. His arrival was decisive; he carried out day-to-day operations and monitored the vineyard.
For the 2013 grape harvest, the vault was equipped with vats and a press: the first wines produced were encouraging. Our wines reveal a unique character which was confirmed in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Owing to crop choices which combine respect for the soil, low yields and grape selections, our reds and whites are well-bred, fine, expressive and full of flavour.
Christian Zwickert and Dr. Oksana Sadzik