Prince Eugene of Savoy was a true mosaic as his parents were Italian; he was brought up on the French court of king Louis XIV, and eventually raised to the highest office of the Imperial court in Vienna. Napoleon considered him to be one of the ‘7 greatest military leaders in history’ and the great heritage left after him. Frederick the Great cherished his consciousness about ‘grandiose strategy’. Croatia cherishes his Belje cellars, the property he received as a reward after the great victory in the decisive Battle of Zenta against Turks in 1697.
After arrival to Belje he found some of the most fertile soils in Europe, left behind after Pannonian Sea, when it flowed via Danube river some 600,000 years ago. It was stated in the past that Pannonian Valley can provide food for the entire Europe, however only with the proper irrigation facilities in place. While Duke of Marlborough, his brother-in-arms, was building Blenheim Palace, Prince Eugene was laying foundation for Belje cellars, not only a castle depicted on a label, the also irrigation system and planting vines.
A few centuries later, a land within the Croatian Danube region around Belje became famous due to other things, not only wine, a vast swamp area Jelenja Glava (Deer’s Head) rich in countless species of birds, famous pork meat and cheese. It is natural that wines from Belje cellar became a true partner to the local gastronomy. Its rich Graševina with a touch of citrus perfectly goes with local fish Deverika (from the carp family). Fruitiness of its Merlot perfectly matches goulash made from game and also pork meat, the entire region is famous for.
The new millennium brought new owners and new ways of making wine. With the new winery, a renovated old cellar, Vina Belje could go again into history. As Vina Belje shall become famous outside the Croatian territory as well, just like the Prince of the Croatian Danube region.