Croatian-born Kreso Petrekovic grew up watching his father craft his own “farmer wine” for the family. Inspired to continue this tradition of natural Croatian winemaking, Kreso embarked on his own winemaking journey under the label Podrum Franjo after a career with the New York wine trade.
Kreso sources grapes from old vineyards who are longtime friends of the family. He works with indigenous, mostly not well-known grapes from Pljesivica and Styria.
Having released his inaugural 2016 vintage to great success, the Podrum Franjo wine label continues. Working minimally with indigenous varietals, Kreso’s wines are authentic, terroir-driven raw expressions of a region with a history rich in winemaking tradition.