About us

Moslavačka priča is a family story that has grown from love towards homeland and the good old times.

Holiday homes that have been transported in their original state from the neighbourhood, centennial furniture highly restored in style, family photos from the previous century – they all tell this Moslavina story of ours. Two restaurants, situated by the pond and in the heart of the forest make up the gastronomic part of Moslavačka priča. You can taste flavours and scents of indigenous Moslavina and wildlife specialties through exquisite dishes of our region, which are enriched by indigenous wines, Škrlet being most famous of them. To make your stay at Moslavačka priča as fun as possible, we offer sports contents with artificial grass tennis court, futsal field, hanging bowling and a playground for children. The specialty of our story is a forest which is a home to around 150 animals: fallow deer, deer, does… you can take photos of them while walking through the forest! If you are nature lovers, if you value antique furniture and good food you will certainly be thrilled by our story.

Come and experience our story with all your senses and we will be glad to bring it to your hearts, then you can pass it on. We hope Moslavačka priča becomes your most beautiful story.

We hope that Moslavačka priča will become your most beautiful story!

Virtual walk – Round the pond

About Moslavina

According to some legends, the toponym Moslavina has its origin in words Mons Claudius, while others believe that the name Moslavina derives from Latin mons (hill) and vinum (wine) – Mons boni vini or hills of good wine.

The region is located about 40 km east of the capital city Zagreb. It extends from northern to southern border over about 50 km, mostly along the Zagreb – Lipovac highway and from western to eastern border over about 40 kilometers (almost all the way to Bjelovar and Daruvar).

Since 2007 Moslavačka gora has been the first Regional Park in Croatia, the protected area expanding over around 15000 hectares of agricultural and forest land. It is abundant in different forest species, preserved valleys and grassland with numerous different plants and animal species, geological diversity and cultural and historical sites.

KUTINA

The largest city in this area, Kutina, has almost 25 000 inhabitants with its surroundings. It is the industrial centre with a number of new settlements and only the “remnants” of the old architecture mainly from the late 19th and early 20th century. Outstanding buildings from the 18th century are represented by the Church of St. Mary of the Snow and Erdödy manor (it is now the Museum of Moslavina). After the development of Petrokemija (petrochemical industry) and modern settlements, Kutina has rapidly grown in the number of inhabitants from 3 000 to almost 15 000.

POPOVAČA

The architecture of Popovača is defined by an unusual mixture of styles in Erdödy Square – the central square, and the main attraction is Erdödy castle with ”Dr. Ivan Barbot” hospital within its premises, which beautifully blends in the scenery of the surrounding hills and Moslavina wine road.

THE GREATEST CULTURAL AND TOURISTIC VALUE OF MOSLAVINA:

The late baroque churches : Church of Saint Mary of the Snow in Kutina, Saint Anne’s Church in Osekovo, wooden chapel of Saint Fabian and Sebastian in Donja Gračenica, the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Velika Ludina, churches in Samarica; Saint Mary Magdalene Church from the 13th century in Čazma in which duke Koloman was buried, Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the 13th century, the monastery and Church of St. John the Baptist built in early 16th century and renewed in the baroque style in the 17th century – both in Kloštar Ivanić; Church of St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Popovača and the early baroque Church of the Holy Cross in Križ by which the place got its name.
A very important place in this region is Garić grad, a fortress dating back in the 13th century (1256). It is one of the oldest and most important medieval fortresses together with Medvedgrad – a part of the defense system against Tartar invasion.

Interesting facts

Moslavina has a very important part in the oil history of Croatia with Paklenjača, Mramor brdo, overground oil wells, oil mines in Mikleuška and the first remarkable oil deposit discovered in Gojlo in 1941.
In its western part Moslavina is a Kajkavian area where Kajkavian accent of Croatian language used to be dominant and the northern part is Shtokavian.

THE CHAPEL OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

On the estate of Moslavačka priča there is a chapel that Mr Stjepan Martinac, the owner, had built, and it was intended to be:

“To God’s honor and People’s salvation “.

The statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary dates back to the 1830s.
It was brought to Croatia by Mr Konstantin Zavacki, Mrs Katica Martinac’s grandfather, when he moved from Ukraine in 1908.

The chapel was built with respect and in memory of the family ancestors, keeping the Christian spirit.

Mrs Katica Martinac entrusted the restoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s statue to Mr Milan Jurina, a paintor, on 22 September 2011.

Traditional dishes of Moslavina

Moslavina autochtonous dishes recipes

We’ll share with you some recipes of autochtonous homemade dishes from Moslavina that are still often found on family tables in our region. We hope you’ll enjoy them, and you can taste all the variety of flavor and aroma, together with other local dishes, in Hunting lodge Moslavačka priča.

JUHA OD VRGANJA (PENNY BUN SOUP)

Ingredients:

  • 2 penny buns
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • oil
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • salt, pepper, red pepper

Preparation: Clean and chop the penny buns. Peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes. Clean the carrots and cut them into rings. Stew the chopped onion, add penny buns and carrots, then add the potatoes. Stew for a while and add water. Cook for about half an hour. Make roux of flour and oil, add garlic and red pepper. Pour the roux into the soup, add salt and pepper.

BELI ŽGANCI (WHITE POLENTA)

Ingredients:

  • ½ kg  plain flour
  • 4 potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 100 grams bacon
  • oil
  • salt

Preparation: Cook peeled and chopped ​​potatoes, mash them, add salt and flour. Boil for half an hour, constantly stirring. Slice the polenta into pieces. Stew onion and bacon in oil. Pour over the polenta and serve warm.

TAČKRLE (pasta filled with cottage cheese)

Dough ingredients: ½ kg hard flour, 2 eggs, water, salt

Filling ingredients: 300 grams cottage cheese, 1 egg, pinch of salt

Sauce: bread crumbs, sugar, butter

Preparation: Make the dough, roll it out to be a bit thicker and cut it into cubes. Put a small tablespoon of filling into the center of each cube, fold and press around with a fork.
Cook in salted water for 10 minutes. Fry bread crumbs with butter in a pan and pour over the cooked dough. Sprinkle with sugar.

BUČNICA (strudel with pumpkin and cottage cheese)

Dough ingredients: 300 grams plain flour, oil, salt, 2 dl warm water

Filling ingredients: 1 medium-sized pumpkin, ½ kg cottage cheese, 2 dl sour cream, 4 eggs, oil, butter, salt

Preparation: Mix all dough ingredients together, knead the dough, cover it with a warm bowl and let it rest for about half an hour.
Peel the pumpkin and grate it. Sprinkle with salt and leave for 10 minutes to let the water out. Drain all the liquid, add the rest of ingredients.
Roll out the dough to be thin, sprinkle with butter and oil, spread the filling over it and roll. Cut the dough into length of the baking tin and bake for 40 minutes at 180 degrees.

Bon appetite!

Gastronomy of Moslavina

Šaran na rašljama – ”krapec v procep“ (carp on forked branch), summer cottage cheese”preveli“ (smoked cottage cheese – flavored and with hot pepper), bele devenice (pork sausages with corn flour), vanjkuši (pasta in the shape of a small pillow filled with cheese wrapped in bacon), bazlamača/ zlevanka/ zlevka (a cake made of corn flour).

The ace of Moslavina is škrlet – the native variety of white wine with pleasant muscat aroma and sweetish balanced taste, light yellowish – green in colour.

Moslavac and dišeća ranina (belina) are also native varieties that have sprung from vineyards that used to be planted by the Thracians, the Illyrians, the Celts and the Romans in Moslavina.

Nowadays, wine growing and wine production is part of a family heritage and a hobby, but also a life calling to a great number of people in Moslavina.

Moslavina wine roads, apple and strawberry plantations, vegetable farmers and florists are all part of the agricultural production of this region and they all contribute to the gastronomic offer in this area.

Enjoy and cheers!

Family story

The Martinac family from Obedišće is an example of cherishing togetherness, harmony and love through generations. They show and unselfishly share part of their family history through Moslavačka priča.

So dear guests, let us tell you the story of the Martinac family from Moslavina who are responsible for the making of our and your Moslavačka priča. It is told by Mr Stjepan Martinac, the person most responsible for its creation, a private entrepreneur and a devotee of Moslavina – his birthplace, an admirer of antiquity, cultural and historical heritage, a hunter, and first and foremost – a husband, a father and a grandfather.

My life began in Obedišće, a place in Moslavina, in a family that, like most of the families at that time, lived on a farm, and was engaged in agriculture, cattle breeding, fruit and wine growing. My wife Katica, also from Moslavina (Donja Vlahnička), lived in similar conditions. A lot of hard work and commitment has kept the family together; we have cherished family values​​ , healthy work habits, love towards the land and animals and love for the homeland and region we have lived in. The fruits of hard work were appreciated, which was shown at the time of church holidays celebrated according to ancient Christian traditions of our region. Such an approach to life in early childhood has formed my life attitudes and led me through my education and work. When I started my private business related to production, I often thought about the reconstruction of an old house in the countryside into a place of my own vacation and gathering of my family, children and grandchildren.

After family gatherings and long conversations with my wife, evoking the past emotions, the idea of ​​a small “estate” in nature slowly started to rise.
As a hunter and an animal lover, I wanted other people, too, to have an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the forest and wild animals that roam freely in the natural environment. In one of the many walks in the area of Gaj in Mala Ludina my idea “got” the location bit by bit, came true step by step and reached its final appearance. In many of my travels through Croatia I have collected antiquities, each of which has its own story, and together with my wife I have put together the mosaic of our new life story.

In the quietness of our Gaj and its natural beauties, in restored old houses with high standard interior, restored antique furniture, paintings and all the other details; in the hunting lodge and hunting stands, we wanted to offer an unforgettable vacation with culinary specialties and Moslavina drinks so that we could, in the words of Oleg G. Lasunski, return ‘’the interpersonal debt in the relation hometown-homeland-humankind as a link in the unique and unbreakable chain“.

Inside the houses you can see family photos from the previous century, traditional costumes and tools used in Moslavina, or simply enjoy their cosiness and intimacy.
Sitting by the pond in the middle of our estate you can observe wild ducks swimming in the pond, fish for carp or watch the gentle hills of Moslavačka gora with numerous family vineyards. There are ruins of old towns of our region hidden in the wooded heart of those hills, as well as fresh water springs and numerous hiking trails.

When strolling through the forest you can rest on several hunting stands and thereby observe and take photos of the animals, sit in front of Hunting lodge or have a delicious meal inside. If you get thirsty, feel free to open the tap and have a glass of water, the pure drinkable gold of our Moslavina.

If you wish to spend your vacation in peaceful surroundings of the forest, flowers and animals, with excellent food and drinks, situated in old houses with all the comfort and superior equipment, visit Moslavina, come to Moslavačka priča and experience your own story, which you will pass on to your family and friends.

Katica and Stjepan Martinac