Vinoklet Winery was founded in 1980 by Kreso Mikulic. His inspiration came from his native country of Croatia, where everybody in his village had a small winery. “If you didn’t have a winery, people thought something was wrong with you. This is the reason why I started on here”. As a 5-year-old boy, in 1940, Mikulic was involved in every aspect of winemaking from tending to the vines to grape stomping. On the family’s kitchen table, instead of water, there was a wooden container with wine. Everybody had the opportunity to drink. Since an early age Mikulic knew the value of hard work and never let obstacles stand in his way of achieving his goals, in spite of growing up without running water or electricity. With a loving family that shared his values he went onto university in Zagreb and excelled by graduating top of his class in 1961. He tells stories about his humble beginnings and is always quick with a joke or a story to lift your spirits; knowing the importance of having a light spirit, he says everyone needs at least 20 minutes of laughter a day.
Mikulic left his homeland in Croatia from a small village for the US where he worked as an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry. He quickly became Chief Designer and was awarded several major patents for fuel pumps, control blades, rotating antennae in a variety of applications including the B-1 Bomber, Black Hawk Helicopter and F-16 Fighter. He enjoyed many hobbies over time including gymnastics and skiing, how
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