THE NATURE

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PELJEŠAC IS  THE SECOND LARGEST CROATIAN PENINSULA LYING IN THE SOUTH OF THE COUNTRY. THE AREA IS COVERED WITH SCRUBBY PLANTS,   PINE, OAK, GRAPEVINES AND OLIVE TREES. THE DINGAČ WINE REGION SITS ON THE SOUTHERN SLOPES OF THE PENINSULA, DESCENDING TO THE SEASHORE.  THE VINES  GROW ON DOLOMITIC MAN- CLEARED LIMESTONE SOIL.THE CLIMATE  HERE IS MILD  WITH EXTREMELY HOT AND DRY SUMMERS.  THE VINEYARDS ARE PERCHED  ON   THE EXTREMELY  STEEP SLOPES AND  THE TEMPERATURE THERE IS ADDITIONALLY INTENSIFIED BY INSOLATION, THE REFLEXION OF  SUN RAYS  OFF THE SURFACE OF THE SEA. THIS ADDITIONALY CONTRIBUTES TO THE QUALITY OF THE GRAPES GROWN HERE. THE LONG SUNNY PERIODS (AROUND 2800 HOURS OF SUNSHINE PER YEAR)  INFLUENCE  THE LIFE AND BEHAVIOUR OF THE PEOPLE,  ANIMALS AND  PLANTS, AS WELL AS THE GRAPEVINES. THE VINES IN THE  REGION COEXIST WITH  A VERY SPECIFIC MEDITERRANEAN FLORA OF   PINE,  OAK, JUNIPER,  ROSEMARY, SAGE, HEATHER, LAVENDER... THE REGION  ALSO PROVIDES A HABITAT FOR THE JACKAL,  HARE,  DORMOUSE... IT IS NOT UNUSUAL TO HEAR THE SOUNDS OF A PARTRIDGE AND A BLACKBIRD  INTERWOVEN WITH A SEAGULL CRY.