350-year-old family tradition of growing vineyards and making wine
Šimun Ćorić (1883.-1938.) has served the army for about twelve years and thus earned a big estate. Andrija, his son, has become independent in 1938 and started the winemaking tradition with his wife Stoja. Even though wine has been served in this region earlier, Andrija and Stoja started planting the vines in rows and bottle the wine first in Herzegovina.
Continuing the family tradition, Andrijas descendants decided to build a new wine cellar. Its capacity has overgrown the half-million level in the next couple of years. With the state-of-the-art equipment and expertise of proven enologists it achieves significant results in producing high quality, top quality and archivic wines which is confirmed by many awards from international wine fairs. Our chosen wines mature in oak barrels placed in underground cellars with the features of both preserved tradition and modern achievements followed by the patience and attention which they seek and deserve.
„Andrija“ cellars employ a dozen of full-time workers and aside their own vineyards about two hundred families from the Paoča region grow ones for them. People drink „Andrija“ wines – white, pink and red – in more than twenty countries and three continents, always with joy – be that on a stone table near the fire by our vineyards or in the cellar itself – because hospitality, honest friendship and „Andrija“ wine most successfully connect people!
The village of Paoča, „warmed by the Sun from sunrise until sunset“, is first mentioned 1306. in the archives of Dubrovnik. Its placed about thirty kilometers of air distance from the sea on 230 meters above its level. Its climate is Mediterranean. Among the local landmarks are: Palačak source, by which it got the name; old cemetery Oborine with a tomb from 15th century; necropolis with eighteen tombs by the Krešić cemetery from 14th century; memorial house with a monument to Fr. Didak Buntić of Paoča, the educator and savior of thousands of herzegovinian children which he saved from hunger during the World War 1; the birth house of four franciscian priests – Zubac brothers; two original chapels, one of the Holy Virgin Mary and the other of Saint John, dedicated to winemakers.
Paoča is a unique place inhabited by about sixty families which have been organising annual gatherings of all the people with roots in Paoča that are living around the world. The gathering, called the Day of Paoča is being held every first saturday after the Feast of the Assumption (15th of August) and it hosts about 500 people from Paoča and their friends.