Dalmacijavino is a company with more than 70 years of tradition in the production of top-quality wines, spirits and soft drinks. Our long history and strong connection with Dalmatia is rooted in our recognizable products, which for generations of our customers have had an almost cult-like status.
Our products combine exceptional quality and the best ingredients of Dalmatian origin, providing an authentic local experience of the Dalmatian philosophy of enjoying life.
Mission and Vision
Our vision is to become the leading manufacturer of quality wines with strong presence on the Croatian and foreign markets. At the same time, our goal is to become recognizable for our heritage and the Dalmatian philosophy of life so as to become the first choice for our customers.
We want to become a locally relevant and contemporary manufacturer of wines. We will build our success on our experience and tradition, as well as innovations in the development of quality products. We will be a responsible partner to all participants in our chain of value. We will provide our buyers and consumers with products that combine the quality and best ingredients of Dalmatian origin, we will ensure our employees a stimulating working environment, our suppliers and business partners sustainable business models, and added value for our local community.
Continuing a decades-long tradition, our top-quality Dalmatian drinks allow our customers to feel and experience the Dalmatian way of life and to learn to take joy in living in the moment. Constant investments in the development of our business create new value for all our stakeholders and the community we operate in.
Focused on the satisfaction of our buyers and consumers, we constantly work on raising the quality and appeal of our products and introducing innovative products on the market. The extent of our product range allows us to be present in life of all generations, combining a contemporary approach, a positive nostalgic sentiment and a unique Dalmatian philosophy of life. We are committed to conducting ourselves responsibly on the market, investing in innovations and developing relations that will benefit our buyers, consumers, employees, business partners and the community.
Dalmacijavino products are present and compete on several foreign markets, achieving exceptional results on the markets of Slovenia and Montenegro. In Slovenia, we are present with various spirits, our biggest export being our Travarica herb brandy, which holds a market share of over 90 % in its category. In the wine category, our wine Pelješac has the largest sales share on the Slovenian market. In addition to a line of spirits, our exports on the market of Montenegro also include wines, of which Šjor Bepo is one of the best-selling table wines. Some of our products present on the market of Bosnia and Herzegovina include Pelinkovac, Vodka and Gin, the top-quality wine Merlot, our vinegar Kvasina and our soft drink Pipi, which holds a market share of over 90 %. In addition to regional markets, our export markets include other foreign markets such as Austria and Germany. The Austrian market is particularly interesting to us, where, for the very first time, we are present with the soft drink Pipi in the HoReCa sales channel. By the end of the year, we expect to place Dalmacijavino products on the markets of the USA and Canada.
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1946 The legal predecessor of Dalmacijavino, was established, the company Vinalko, as a part of the plant to revitalize the wine industry in Croatia.
1948 The wholesale business Vinalko, seated in Split, branched off from the parent company Vinalko.
1951 Another wine company, Dalmatinac, with a large number of its own taprooms, was established.
1952 The National Council of the City of Split took over the Split Vinalko. The Company had branch offices in Šibenik and Dubrovnik, as well as wine cellars in Split, Kaštel Stari, Šibenik and Bol.
1958 The National Council of the Municipality of Split established the company Vinarski podrumi.
1960 Vinarski podrumi changed its name into Dalmacijavino.
1961 The companies Dalmatinac and Vinalko merged with Dalmacijavino.
1963 The new unified company Dalmacijavino began its operations, as an enterprise for the production, processing, finishing treatment and transport of agricultural food products.
1967 The companies Vrgorka and Drniš Winery, a business unit from the agro-industrial plant Petrovo Polje, merged with Dalmacijavino.
1968 The enterprise experienced a significant economic growth.
1975 A new bottling plant for soft drinks, and a vinegar factory in Drniš were constructed. In the same year, the spirit factory in the northern Split port was expanded, and new vineyards were planted in Dalmatia.
1990 Dalmacijavino began to experince a significant decline in production and sales due to the collapse of the SFRY and growing competition.
2001 The enterprise became a joint-stock company under the name Dalmacijavino d.d.
2012 Bankruptcy administrator were initiated for the company, and a liquidator was appointed.
2016 The company Dalmacijavino was privatized by a new owner.
2017 A new visual identity and the new slogan “Take it Easy” were presented to the public.
From our Archive
Dalmacijavino boasts with decades of successful business operations. During this period, the company has gone through expansions and constructions, introductions of new technologies, creations of new brands, appearances at trade fairs… We’ve peeped into our archives and discovered photos that show us these interesting times and decided to share some of them with you. Explore our gallery and take a look at what it used to be like.
Cultural Activities within the Company
Dalmacijavino had its own monthly newsletter Dalvin, established in 1972.
In it employees could read all about important events within the company and various other contents. The editor of the newsletter was Mr. Želimir Bašić.
It is always easier to work to a nice tune, and Dalmatia was never short on good singers, so it was only logical that the company founded its own traditional Dalmatian a cappella group (klapa), called Dalmacijavino, in 1970, whose members were employees of the company.
Trade Fair Appearances
Specialized trade fairs are indispensable for the promotion of a company’s products. Dalmacijavino appeared on many such fairs throughout the years. Here are a few photos of some of them.
The entire product range of Dalmacijavino was presented for the very first time at the 12th International Wine Fair, held in Ljubljana in 1966.
In 1972, Sarajevo hosted a large-scale wine fair in Skenderija, at which Dalmacijavino had the biggest exhibition area with its complete range of products.
The wine fair in Ljubljana is one of the most respectable events of this type, which is why Dalmacijavino has regularly presented its products there. This photo is from 1978.
Relations with Slovenian partners were excellent – since 1968, products of Dalmacijavino were stocked by Prehrana, the largest sales centre in Slovenia at the time.
Dalmacijavino has always been ready to help with the organization of cultural and sports events. Here are a few examples.
In 1971, Dalmacijavino was the main sponsor of the Sinj Alka, a traditional event that spread the word about Croatia and Dalmatia world-wide.
Dalmacijavino was also the main sponsor of the soccer championship held in 1979 on the legendary Hajduk stadium, Stari plac.
The company was also one of the sponsors of the 1971 motor sports championship of Yugoslavia.
Dalmacijavino products have always reached their consumers by land or sea, it was only the means of transport that were changing throughout the years.
The image from 1968 of wine transported by railway appears impressive even today.
Ships owned by Dalmacijavino collected grapes from islands, bringing them to Split for processing. This is a true example of the cooperation characteristic of these times.
This photo was taken in 1980.
Vespas as a means of transport for couriers in the 1980s provided an excellent way of meandering the city centre streets.
The transport of goods is inconceivable without trucks; these are some of the Dalmacijavino trucks.
Dalmacijavino owned facilities not only in Split, but also in some other Dalmatian cities and towns. These are some of the buildings.
Seldom is the design of consumer goods as significant as when it comes to packagings for wine, spirits and soft drinks. We have always paid particular attention to the appearance of our packaging, so that it would suit the spirit of our brand, as you can see from this brief overview of some of our most popular wines and spirits.
Bogdanuša and Faros 1974.
Šjor Bepo and Barba 1968.
Various wines 1971.
Various wines 1978.
Amaro Isolabella 18 is a prominent Italian brand of amaro that won numerous prestigious awards and gold medals for quality in the world and former Yugoslavia, and Dalmacijavino has been manufacturing it since 1966.
Various beverages 1980.
Vecchia Romagna Brandy 1980.
Vecchia Romagna was developed during the Mediterranean Games.
Tequila Mexicana was the first tequila manufactured in Yugoslavia and is yet another indicator that Dalmacijavino has been at the forefront of creating new trends.
Cooperation with Coca-Cola
We’ve always had a keen sense for recognizing the quality and potential of global brands. One of the many successful collaborations over the years was our production of Coca-Cola, the world’s most popular soft drink, which has been bottled in our facilities since 1980. Ours was the only bottling plant in this part of Europe that could boast of this achievement.
Wines and spirits may be what we are most famous for, but one soft drink has made the name of Dalmacijavino known throughout the entire former Yugoslavia and beyond – the carbonated orange soft drink Pipi, known by many generations as the soft drink of their childhood. The TV commercial for the drink from the 1980s has become an iconic moment of Croatian advertising history. Here are a few photos from the history of this popular refreshing drink.
In 1971, the first Pipi label appeared.
This is the appearance of the very first Pipi girl.
The modern Pipi bottling plant in the Northern Port during the 1980s.
Veljko Rogošić, swimming marathon world record holder, was the first face of Pipi and took part in many marketing activities carried out by the company at the time.