Stancija Špin is located in a peaceful and picturesque area of Istria, rich in a century-long cattle breeding tradition deeply rooted in this area’s identity.
The name Špin comes from whitethorn (Ital. biancospino, spino = thorn), thorny marshy scrub that grew around the swamp of the same name,one of the most important swamps in the Tar area. The area north of stancija Špin is called Finede, with Golaš situated in the north-east. The whole area is mainly barren land with a mire here and there, not much of a fertile soil, but excellent as pasture lands.
The quality of our pastures was well known as early as the thirteeth century when the ancient route was first mentioned. It went from the direction of Vižinada passing across Stancija Špin and descended all the way to Tar Bay.
The old Ćići, the people that inhabited the area around Ćićarija in the fifteenth century, used this path to take their flocks of sheep to the winter pasture where they would stay until springtime. Experienced stockbreeders, in whose veins flowed sheep breeding, knew that the grass on the plateau above the Mirna River was particularly lush and fragrant.
The nearby Tar Bay has always had the reputation of being rich in flora and fauna, and Tar cheese has been made since ancient times. Istrian Cheese Špin is based on the Tar cheese tradition and therefore continues the indigenous sheep’s milk cheese production.