My name is Jakša (Jack) Kivela and my wife's name is Fung Lin Leung and together, we have created our Fields of Grace Vineyards estate, that includes extensive Mediterranean and rose gardens; a wine and food tasting and degustation pavilion; cellar; a private stay house with a country bath (pool); and vegetable gardens.
I was born on Vis, however, I spent most of my life in Australia and Hong Kong. I am a classically trained chef having completed my training at the then Michelin rated restaurant Le Chateau in Melbourne (1970-1974). I owned and operated my own restaurants, qualified as a master teacher. I read for my Doctoral degree at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and taught hotel management and hotel development, French cuisine and oenology at the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for over 20 years
My wife Fung Lin, is from Hong Kong and is an outstanding corporate lawyer specialising in gas and oil and petro-chemical contracts. Interestingly, her first degree was in hotel management and tourism. She is greatly responsible for the vision of what Fields of Grace Vineyards is all about, and for all the gardens at the estate. Lin is an excellent practitioner of the Southern-Chinese and South-East Asian cuisines
Our estate is located in a beautiful small valley called Zlopolje, a few kilometres South-East from the town of Vis on the island Vis, Croatia. The valley is blessed with amazing terroir and quiet grace
We grow varietals such as Vugava (similar in character to Viognier, also known as Bugava locally), Cabernet Sauvignon, Graševina (also known as Welschriesling), and Merlot. With great care and skill, we craft our vintages to please and excite our customers and to offer a unique wine tasting experience in a working vineyard setting
Ours is a small boutique winery and our wines are uniquely different to the wines in Dalmatia and to those on the Island of Vis. This is because we work hard to control our harvesting and vinification processes to produce clean crisp wines with light alcoholic content. As much as we dare, we apply our knowledge to bring to you the complex varietal nuances as nature intended. We currently offer Cabernet Sauvignon that has spent eighteen months in oak, Vugava, Gris Blanc Rosé, and a limited quantity of Welschriesling. In about four years, we will also co-produce Pošip, Pinot Noir, and Babić. Apart from the vineyards, there are 350 hazelnut trees, and fruit trees on the property
To preserve the fragile but complex varietal aroma, taste, and to balance acidity, the quality of our wines begins in the vineyard. That is, we precisely determine the amount of bunches per vine in the spring. The level of sweetness, acidity, and pH is measured a number of times before the harvest, so that the percentage of alcohol, and varietal characteristics in the finished wine can be accurately determined. Vinification for both our white and red wine, follows a strictly controlled fermentation regime of controlled cold fermentation with oxygen control. Finally, our white wines have a maximum of 12.0% alcohol, and our red 13.5% alcohol. They are fresh, light and convincing with varietal character intact. Our barique is Cabernet Sauvignon which after fermentation spends 18 months in 225lt oak barrels or bariques. Not every year do we produce red wine! All our stainless steel barrels have double sheaths - like a thermos flask, and airtight lids. For our Gris Blanc Rosé, we follow the time-honoured Southern-French methodology of controlled vinification and hand-maceration established with years of practice: This is very much a uniquely hand-crafted vigneron's work
Something to note, we do filter our wine before bottling, but we do not sterilize our wine, hence every now and then when our whites and rosé are chilled for a long time, they will produce a crystalline sediment (tartaric acid which is present in the grape berry) that looks like snow flakes. If this happens to your white wine, do not throw it away, it is very perfectly drinkable (flakes just melt away in your mouth). Moreover, it is a sign that the winemaker has done a proper job - with real grapes. These little tartaric acid flakes are also known as wine gold dust!
Our estate is wholly solar energy self-sufficient. We operate most up-to-date waste water management and we use ecologically sustainable practices on our land and plants. Likewise, in our wine making-process we use state-of-the-art technology for vinification, albeit with an appropriate measure of winemaking knowhow!
At our food and wine tasting pavilion you will be able to taste our vintages. For wine tasting and for dinner degustation, I do strongly recommend that you call us first, remembering that this is a working estate, hence I might be somewhere else around the property
The tasting pavilion, which we also call the Dai Pai Dong is located right in between our two vineyards and our fruit orchard/herb garden - you will have Merlot on your left and Welschriesling on your right!
We offer an all inclusive food and wine degustation set menu. Dishes are selected daily by me from classic European, Macanese/Portuguese, and Southern Chinese cuisines, of course, mated to our varietals
As noted, dining at the food and wine tasting pavilion is by appointment from Tuesday to Sunday from 19:00. Lunches are also by appointment only. Wine tasting is from 11:00am to 4:00pm
A sample of our set menu
Shrimp, cucumber, and avocado salad in lime, chilli and coconut milk, and fish sauce dressing on lettuce dressed with sesame oil - our signature dish - accompanied with our Welschriesling (Graševina)
North Sea scallop sautéed in butter white wine and garlic on bed of Mung bean noodles - our signature dish
Vitello Tonatto - this is a classic Piedmontese dish, although often found in the Veneto region also. Thin slices of pot-roasted veal served chilled in a sauce made from home-made mayonnaise, tuna, capers and anchovies, served on garlic toast - accompanied with our Vugava
Macanese chicken and rice. A risotto-like dish made with chicken, seafood, peppers, ginger, garlic, chillies, smoked sausage, paprika and the great belachan - accompanied with our Gris Blanc Rosé
Lemon curd tart - our signature dessert
The price for wine tasting (three varietals) is 130 kn which includes a plat du jour (dish of the day)
The price of the set menu is 330 kn per person inclusive of three varietals
I can be contacted on +385 (0) 91 950 5396 or by email: email@example.com
We can do that! There is a quaint stone cottage for a vineyard-stay for our family members, special guests and friends with ample parking and is only six minutes by car from Vis town and nearby beaches
Our cottage offers peace and quiet tranquility after your day's escapades: A real retreat to chill out!
The cottage offers comfortable accomodation for three adults or a couple with two children. There are large terraced spaces for for truly out-door living with a gorgeous sit-in country bath (pool) overlooking one of the vineyards. Mediterranean gardens and our vineyards surround the property
Home comforts, such as the laundry, large bathroom, en-suite, outdoor wood BBQ, full kitchen, outdoor seating and dining, full access to our fruit and vegetable gardens and our private dining and wine tasting pavilion, and of course, our cellar; all part of the vineyard-stay lifestyle. Price is 95 euro per day - with wine!
Our other holiday properties in Vis town
We have two beautiful apartments in Vis town for our guests. One is located in an old Austro-Hungarian stone building right at the town's waterfront where you can people-gaze and boat-gaze from your windows. Apartment is a comfy home away from home accommodating four people, with full kitchen, en-suites, an eating area and a separate living room with floor to ceiling French window where you can take a sundowner, watch the sun come up and down, watch all the 'beautiful' people on their yachts, soak up the waterfront ambiance, and just chill out
The other apartment is located in a heritage-listed 18th century palazzo and is three minutes walk from the waterfront. It's a tranquil area close to the town's heart beat! The apartment is beautifully furnished in period furniture, real naval artifacts including museum quality ship models, ship's light fittings, and a gallery library. The accommodation is for two adults offering a full kitchen 1.5 bathrooms, eating area, formal living room, and terrace/garden access
Shortly, we will offer a completely restored 17th century heritage house for our guests. With the assistance from the Heritage and Conservation Office in Split, the objective is to return the house to its original state. This house is in the second-row from the waterfront, which in the early 19th century was still the original waterfront on Vis; the current waterfront and it's buildings are built on reclaimed land during the Austro-Hungarian rule
For more information, please contact me or Fung lin directly or via the "NAVIGATOR TOURIST
AND REAL ESTATE AGENCY", Šetalište stare Isse 1, 21480, Vis, Croatia, or
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