- Grapes and wines
It’s hard to say which one sounds better, the beautiful sight of countless vineyards or magnificent taste of wine. Brtonigla is famous for both given its unique location and microclimate on one hand and traditional family wineries, some of which are almost two decades in business of making quality wine. Istrian Malvasia, Muškat, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are only some of the varieties represented in this area.
- Fascinating nature
Brtonigla is located on top of the hill and surrounded by pure nature. On one side there are cultivated olive groves and vineyards and on the other forest and variety of animal and plant life. The name of the settlement comes from roman words meaning “Black Garden”, because of the dark fertile land which provided ideal conditions for nature’s unimpeded growth.
- Olive oil
Olives and olive oil are two of the most recognizable symbols of Istria, Brtonigla included. Specific climate allows small traditional family businesses to produce high quality olive oil coming from cultivated old olive groves. Except for gastronomic purposes and enjoyment, some sorts extravirgin oils made in this area are even used for therapeutic massages.
- Authentic Istrian cuisine
Local Istrian cuisine is also famous for many specialties and delicacies like fritule, fuži with truffles or boskarin roasted “under the bell”. The key of unlocking secrets of Istrian “way around kitchen” lies in ingredients, – healthy seasonal vegetables, aromatic spices and herbs, and only the best parts of meat and fresh fish that comes directly from the sea. Istrian prosciutto is also valued for its supreme quality and amazing taste.
Surrounding area is rich with archaeological findings which date back to the neolithic and the bronze age, there is evidence of old settlements from Roman Empire, but Brtonigla is first found in written document from 1234. Since then Brtonigla has been under several authorities including Venetian Republic, Napoleon and Habsburgs. Church of St. Zenon was built in 1862, in honor of the Brtonigla’s patron saint.