Situated in Buzet
ISTRIA WITHOUT TRUFFLES? TRUFFLE WITHOUT ISTRIA? A THING OF IMPOSSIBILITY
The truffle business of the Karlić family from Paladini near Buzet was established last century by Mr Ivan Rašpolić, in 1966 to be exact. Back then Motovun forest was quite bigger than today. Both white and black truffles found in that area were considered to be among the best quality truffles in Istria. However, one of the richest truffle fields now lies at the bottom of the Butoniga lake!
With the help of their 12 dogs (7 first-rate dogs, 5 dogs currently undergoing training), some of which are mix-breeds (their extensive practical experience has taught them these dogs are more resilient to diseases, rain and low temperatures), and some are pure breed dogs, the family goes on daily truffle hunts. There is no fixed working schedule meaning any member of the family may go truffle hunting with the dogs, be it the son, the mother or the father; the crucial thing is, of course, to maintain a daily training routine for both the family and the dogs.
IMPORTANT NOTE: For commercial reasons, truffle dogs are often bred and kept under degrading conditions. Since we are big animal lovers, we first wanted to see for ourselves under what circumstances the animals are kept here. We were thrilled and can only recommend a trip to the Karlić family.
The landscape is inspiring, time stands still in this ambience and daughter Ivana's passion for her work is contagious.
Ivana + 385 91 754 4618
Paladini 14, 52420 Buzet
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