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Smrikve Pula Premantura
Brijuni Vodnjan Medulin
Fazana Galizana Vizace
Peroj Svetvincenat Marcana
Bale Kanfanar Mutvoran
Monkodonja Dvigrad Krnica
Rovinj Zminj Rakalj
Lim Bay Sv. Petar u Sumi Barban
Klostar Tinjan Rasa
Gradina Beram Labin
Vrsar Trviz Rabac
Funtana Gracisce Sv. Martin
Sv. Lovrec Pazin Sumber
Sv. Ivan Lindar Pican
Porec Kascerga Krsan
Mali Sv. Andjelo Zamask Klostar
Baredine Cave Motovun Kozljak
Tar Oprtalj Gologorica
Visnjan Zrenj Paz
Vizinada Zavrsje Belaj
Novigrad Grimalda Boljun
Karpinjan Draguc Lupoglav
Dajla Racice Raspor
Brtonigla Sovinjak Slum
Seget Vrh Ucka
Umag Hum Plomin
Savudrija Roc Brsec
Groznjan Buzet Moscenice
Buje Kostel Lovran
Momjan Salez Opatija
Istra Veprinac

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Sovinjak – Sovignacco: “Wine Pucinum”

Sovinjak is another typical Istrian medieval small town located on a hilltop above the Mirna river valley. Historically this village was likely the place that provided the wife of the Emperor Augustus with its preferred wine. It was also the place with the first bauxite mining site in the World. Today is a lovely site with beautiful views.

  • located 78 kilometres from Smrikve
  • Sovinjak was historically known for wine Pucinum the preferred one by Livia Drusilla, the wife of the Emperor Augustus; it was known for its first bauxite mining site in the World from 1556 and today is known for Toklaria’s good food
  • it was an important border settlement of the Venetian dominions in Istria
  • not to be missed: the view from the Parish Church of St. George and the view from Karoca restaurant’s garden


On the road that goes from Buzet to Buje you will find the indications for Sovinjak on your left side. After two kilometres of a steep road you will arrive to 293 meters high hilltop where Sovinjak is located.

It is interesting that the fame of this settlement originates from the time of the Roman Empire. On the place of current Sovinjak there was a Roman fortress named Pucinum. Plinio the Elder wrote that Livia Drusilla, later on named Iulia Augusta, the wife of the Emperor Augustus and mother of the Emperor Tiberius, was drinking exclusively the wine Pucinum from Sovinjak.

Plinio the Elder wrote: ”Julia Augusta lived to her 85th year of age by merit of the wine Pucinum; and drinking only that wine, whose grape grows in the Hadrian’s Bay, not far from the spring of Timav, on a rocky hill…”

Once you arrive with a car in Sovinjak you can park it on the plateau under the shadow of some centuries old trees on the left side of the Parish Church of St. George.

The Parish Church of St. George was built in 1557 and restructured the last time in 1927. The bell tower is from 1557, as testified by the glagolitic inscription on it.

From the plateau there is a beautiful view towards nearby Istrian hilltops and Mirna valley. On the same place you will see the sculpture put there in honour to Slavko Zlatic.

Slavko Zlatic was one of the most important Istrian musicians and composers and was born in Sovinjak in 1910.

His family’s origin are from Slum, which is another very peaceful Istrian village. The quite and peace you can feel in Sovinjak is very similar to quite you can feel in the late afternoon in Slum. Sovinjak is not very big and to visit it does not take much time.

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