Living on Hvar and producing top wines is both a challenge and a logical path for us. Because the ancient Greeks brought vines to this sun-drenched island and planted them in the fertile old town field as early as the 4th century BC. Kr. Throughout the centuries of the rich past, the people of Hvar skillfully nurtured their vine, giving it all their hard work and the luxury of the Mediterranean. Vine and wine were their only security, both food and medicine. They nurtured the best domestic varieties, but the challenge remained: how to translate all their potential into top wines. At the end of the 19th century, there were 1,200 mules, donkeys and horses on Hvar, 22,500 inhabitants, and 5,750 ha planted with vines. Today, Hvar's vineyards cover only 300 ha.
Andro Tomić is a native of Hvar who dedicated his life to wine. After twenty years of professional training at colleges, institutes and wineries in France and elsewhere, he decided to return to his island and produce his own wines. Believing that Hvar, with its autochthonous varieties, suitable climate and exceptional location of the vineyards, can restore its long-lost winemaking reputation, continues the 150-year-old family tradition of wine production. Today, legendary wines like "1991" proved that Plavac Mali can compete with world-renowned varieties and served as a guide to the renaissance of Hvar winemaking. On this track, in 1993 Andro founded a company called Bastijana, whose main goals remained the production of top quality wines, as well as the promotion of wine culture. All this does not say much about his personality, but it is also impossible to describe in words.