Established in 1902, Blato is the largest cooperative on the Island of Korčula with access to the best fruits available. Blato still employs traditional winemaking techniques such as long skins macerations for whites and reds and ageing in large Slavonian Oak barrels. They also ferment their white wines in stainless steel vats and handle them using a reductive method to preserve primary fruit characteristics. Grapes and wine are integral part of the celebration of life for Korčula’s inhabitants. Since as far back as 1427, the 'Statute of the islands', the oldest code in that part of Europe, has regulated the cultivation of vines, wine production and trade on the island. Wines from the island of Korčula were exported to Venice and served regularly at the tables of the Viennese court. The climate is typically Mediterranean, although more humid and slightly cooler than Pelješac. Plavac Mali and Pošip grapes are the most prominent and popular varieties of the region.