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ponedjeljak, 21. rujna 2015.

Photos Of The Day: Did You Know That The "Days Of Grapes In Buje" Wine Festival Celebrated It's 110th Year?

All the local shootings, stabbings and muggings news is getting really boring, then I inadvertently came across some interesting wine festival photos so I decided to throw them in here, and then I came across more at their Facebook page, perfect. Lately I've decided to cover the little known facts, places and events that practically nobody has heard of, because I've covered a number of the larger and more well known events anyway. Just a couple weeks ago I did a similar "photos of the day" post also about a not very well known wine festival, actually the first time that I touched upon this particular topic of "wine festivals."

Also like I mentioned at my previous Vinodol Wine Festival post, (link below) Buje itself is also not a very populated town or municipality at all, it's also more like in the outback sticks and boonies of Croatia, not near any of the larger cities. (pronounced "boo-ye" in Croatian) I guess you could say this is where the hicks live, quite literally in the middle of nowhere just like in the movies.The population of the whole town Buje is only a little over 5000 people, and it's located mainly on a hilltop 10 km from the town of Umag and the Adriatic, in the very northwest tip of the Istra region close to the Slovenian border.

(This sort of reminds about a repost I did yesterday about televangelists and dangerous subversive religious cults/sects and proves what I wrote there. Because believe you me, if they came here to this Buje grape festival event they would without a doubt be trying to brainwash and control the minds of all the people you see below. They would be subversively initiating culture wars and clashes of civilizations, trying to hand out all kinds of crazy subversive cult propaganda, wacko theologies and attempt to brainwash and replace peoples identities, personalities and even invent histories.Turn them into replicants or Walmart people practically. You can be sure of that, that's for sure, just terrible)

I'm not going to get into an in depth discussion about the long and interesting history of the Istrian peninsula right here and now, especially the Croatian Istra region, the whole region or large parts of it has exchanged hands numerous times through the centuries. But to simplify the last 2000 years in a nutshell.....The region and local Histri tribe was conquered by the Roman Empire around 177 BCE and this is how the whole larger peninsula got it's name. (Some scholars speculate that the names Histri and Istria are related to the name Hister, which was the ancient Latin name for the river Danube) After the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, the region was then taken over and ruled by the Goths, and then by the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium), It was then annexed to the Lombard Kingdom, until later a large part was annexed again by the Franks and Carolingian Empire under Charlemagne. Then a large part of it became a part of the medieval Croatian Kingdom starting from the rule of King Tomislav until most of the peninsula was transferred again to the Holy Roman Empire in the 12th century. Then later for a time the Venetian Republic ruled it, then the Habsburg Monarchy, even Napoleon in the early 19th century ruled it for a short time, then the Austrian Empire, Italy and finally included as a part of the Republic of Croatia again in the 20th century. Today the Croatian Istra region and the Istrian region of Slovenia and Italy make up the whole larger Istrian peninsula. Between the 7th and 11th centuries there were a number of important battles fought in the vicinity. Croatian forces played a major role in repelling the attacking navies of the Muslim Moors, Saracens and Arabs, during their jihads not even one of their ships was able to stage a landing with ships intent to carry of women and children as concubines and sex slaves. (During the middle ages many other areas of Europe became Muslim ruled caliphates and emirates during the early Islamic conquests) However, even from those times there are sources which mention vineyards and the growing of grapes in the region. That's your Croatian history fact of the day.

Back to this modern day wine festival, there was fun and wine, music, dancing, food, a parade, raffles, grape stomping contests of course and other festivities. Local schoolchildren took part in a parade, there was a local humanitarian fundraising raffle to help local needy families, winemakers and visitors from the northern Zagorje region of Croatia (between the capital of Zagreb to the Slovenian border and also known for its vineyards and winemaking) also took part in the festival as well as even visitors from Slovenia and Italy. In and around Buje and this region there are also lots of truffles to be had, and olive oil, cheeses and specialty smoked meats, sausages etc, oh and there's a number of deep caves in the area. (I wouldn't go drinking wine then start exploring caves though, not a good idea) This 110th edition of "Days of Grapes in Buje" ("Dana grožđa u Bujama" in Croatian) wrapped up just a few days ago.





Assorted images are from over the 3 day event and in no particular order. 

Some video footage from 2014.

I came across some footage from a Maškare Buje (Buje Masquerade) event that also takes place annually. 

Previous related posts: the-2015-ruzica-vinodolavinodol-wine-festival








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