Great-grandfather John-Ivan Usorac spent most of his life in America in the federal state of Nevada, in the small mining town of Goldfield, where he was employed as a gold digger. Considering that he lived a family life in America, where he still has descendants, work was also a sacrifice which brought a different destiny.
After fate determined and turned the other page of life, the ever-present longing for home in Dalmatia pushed the great-grandfather to return to his native land. Considering the acquired property, he returned as an extremely rich man. In his native village, after meeting his future wife, they created a new life. Due to a combination of bad circumstances, the great-grandfather was robbed, where his gold and dollars, which he had earned through hard work, were stolen, but being a sober man, knowing that such a situation might occur, he managed to save some money and a gold ring embossed with vines and grapes with the inscription Goldfield, which is still a family treasure that is passed down from generation to generation.
His son, who inherited the same ring from his father, also gained wealth through hard work abroad, which helped him build the foundations for a better life for his family despite the tragedy of his father’s past, and bequeathed the ring and the future of the Goldfield name, knowing the special meaning of that name and respect for the father.
We can also boast of the tradition of grape and wine production of the Usorac family from Spilica, a small farm near Ploče, which is very long and dates back over 40 years.
The family agricultural farm (OPG) is called “Goldfield”, which has behind it a long history woven from hard work, patriotism and family heritage. You can find more about the name itself in the title “History of the name Goldfield”.
The love for the vine was first awakened by the grandparents, nurturing it for many years. Practically their entire life was devoted to raising plantations and cultivating them year after year, which contributed to an increasingly high-quality fruit, grapes.
Given the many years of conventional vine cultivation, after the grandfather’s death, the grandchildren together with the heir son wanted to raise vine cultivation to a higher level and raise awareness of a better and healthier way of wine production.
The awareness of the ecological method of cultivation was primarily stimulated by the example of “poisoning” valuable land with all pesticides in the surrounding plantations, which gives us food and life, and we destroy it, knowingly.
Biodynamics is based on the principle of feeding the earth and the earth will feed you, give life to the earth and it will give life. Only natural preparations are used for growing vines, and with healthy wine we strengthen our body and soul.
If you’ve ever wondered why winegrowers keep saying that you have to love this job, it’s because of this sentence:
“Unlike other cultures, the vineyard requires you to be in it 200 days a year, regardless of whether you worked or went to visit it, you always have to be present.”
More and more popular, so to speak, tasting a destination through tasting its wines – in a glass of wine it is as if the sunny slopes of the vineyards, the warm tones of the earth, rivers and fields, meadows and seas of a country are melted. Let’s taste the wine and wish to meet in the vineyards where it comes from – this is how a wine tourist begins his journey.
We will also call it wine tourism or eno tourism, and in addition to visiting wineries and vineyards and wine tasting, we can also offer participation in grape harvesting and wine production, in general, getting to know the destination’s winemaking tradition.
As the basis of the gastronomic offer of the destination, wine, or wine varieties, have strong geographical characteristics, whereby the wine owes its aroma to the location. That is why wine, more than the rest of the gastronomic offer, is part of the destination’s identity in a natural and cultural sense
If there was no wine, they say, “many songs would be unsung, works unwritten, dreams unfulfilled, and a lot of love would be wasted.”