The paradise of Plavac Mali
Mili, the oldest position on Peljesac peninsula, is at the same time the smallest position, totaling around 50 hectares. Out of those 50 hectares, on 10 hectares during the normal wine harvest, we produce desert wines.
This position has not been affected by grape phylloxera in the past because of the sandy soil that does not allow spreading of the insect (it covers its passages). Therefore, in our vineyard you can find what are most probably, the oldest wine trees in Croatia dating back 200 years or more. Today, family Rozic produces 70 to 80 % of its grape from Mili position, which totals around 30 tons. All wine trees are authentic as they were during the times of Republic of Dubrovnik.
Vineyard is located on the pyramid shaped hill above the Prapratno bay (ferry port), with a breathtaking view of the island of Mljet, saltworks Ston and old city of Ston with its city walls. The position is constantly under the influence of the wind coming from the sea, in the summer bringing the freshness needed for ripening, and during winter stimulating an early beginning of the vegetation. The constant wind prevents the retention of moisture, at the same time preventing the spreading of the diseases. Sandy soil is very drought tolerant and when combined with fresh, sea air it allows Plavac mali to reach the quality unobtainable elsewhere.
Many different wines from Mili position can be found on the market today. However, in those wines the amount of grapes coming from the original Mili position is extremely low.
Family Rozić moved to this area most likely from northern Herzegovina (valley of Rama) around the year 1600, after the entire population in the area was killed by plague. Family lived from agriculture (olives and grape vine), cattle breeding and some fishing. Some family members worked as seamen on Dubrovnik ships. Family had its ups and downs throughout the history, it owned its own estate with serf, but in the certain areas, some Rozić family members served as serfs themselves.
At the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, majority of the family moved to Northern America. The only family member that stayed in the area was Miho, the grandfather of the current owner Miho who lives on Mili with his father Niko and son Andrija.