The tour that follows the winding snake-like Dalmatian coast is inspired by the ambivalence of both, its Dalmatian inhabitants, and the Dalmatian variety of grapes.
The impression is that the time has stopped here, as if everything remained in the past times, waiting to happen in an unknown future.
The people here are like the wine: born on poor soil, dry and harsh, at the same time spicy and aromatic. Let's meet both of them!
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Morning: meeting either at a pre-arranged spot or in Split (and transfer to Dubrovnik).
Accommodation: a comfortable van or mini-bus will transfer you to your hotel, for accommodation in Konavle or Cavtat.
Lunch: you will then be transferred to the nearby Konavle Field (Konavosko Polje) in just a 15-minute ride from your hotel to taste the local wines: Malvasia, Zinfandel, Merlot, Prošek.
An abundant lunch will be served at a traditional Konavle tavern amidst the idyllic landscape of the Ljuta River.
Afternoon: Leaving for Dubrovnik. Spend your free time in a maze of its little narrow streets, and catch the spirit of the centennial Dubrovnik Republic that will stay in your memory for years. Our team will advise you on the must-see places, and the restaurants to visit; a licensed local tourist guide for educational and cultural tours may be booked on request.
Morning: After breakfast, a visit to Mr. Crvik, oenologist, one of the first winers in the area, who will give the guests a warm welcome, followed by a local aperitif (eau-de-vie) and figs, a visit to Mr. Crvik’s home museum of tools in viticulture, the winery and vineyard, description of viticulture and wine growing in Croatia with reference to the area. Next, a wine tasting tour of 4 sorts of wine with an expert description of wine production, where you will be offered two kinds of home made cheese, prosciutto, home made bread, salad, home made cake or fruit.
Afternoon: After the tasting, leaving for Cavtat for a free afternoon. A visit to the vineyards of the wine cellars of Dubrovnik. A short story of the development of the vineyards, of how to grow grape vines, and a presentation of grape varieties and the produced wines.
Evening: Four-course dinner in a restaurant with carefully selected wines from Konavle and the rest of Croatia. The wine-tasting is led by an expert oenologist, so the guests are going to learn the details of Croatian wines and the principle of the harmony of the meal and wine.
Morning: after breakfast and the check-out from the hotel, we are heading for the nearby Čilipi to see a folklore show, and continue towards the penisnula of Pelješac. Once “guarding” the Republic of Dubrovnik in its north-west end, now an inevitable stop for the wine connoseeurs of the best known Croatian wine variety – Plavac Mali.
We stop at Ston, a 700 years old medieval little town whose roots go back to the Neolithic Age.
The first thing we see is the monumental defence-wall system connecting Ston and Mali Ston across the hill. This 5.5-km long fortification, unique in Europe, was built in the early 14th century. Ston also boasts the salt works that have been a most important industry for hundreds of years. Lunch in Ston – the oysters from Mali Ston, of course. After lunch, our journey goes on, and we stop for the first wine tasting of the day.
Marco Polo's birthhouse: In the afternoon our next stop is Orebić, the town of captains; after the hotel/private accommodation, we are heading for the next wine tasting. You can spend your free evening for long walks on the pebbled beaches, or a boat trip to the nearby island and town of Korčula, and a visit to Marco Polo's birthhouse.
After breakfast: a visit to the most important areas of Plavac Mali, the steep southern slopes of the peninsula, at Dingač and Postup. This is where the story of the divine nectar starts, and leaves you with your mouth open. The stories of Dingač surpass the reality are becoming a modern myth.
Lunchis served in one of many family farms there, after the first winetasting. Only the brave ones are free to ride the donkeys.
Afternoon: Another wine tasting, followed by the free evening. Slow-food may be arranged in a wine bar in Korčula.
After breakfast we are leaving for Imotski, a small town close to the lakes called Blue, and Red. The Red Lake is the deepest karst lake in Europe: its bottom is more than 300m below sea level. Having visited the lakes, we go to the fertile Imotsko polje (field) for wine and champagne/sparkling wine tasting, and an abundant traditional lunch.
Afternoon: we reach Split or Trogir, depending on your choice of accommodation. Accommodation and sightseeing tour of town with a licenced tourist guide at dusk.
Free evening: for a stroll in the narrow little streets and squares – feel the Mediterranean atmosphere in the city full of 1000-year old monuments under the UNESCO protection.
After breakfast we are going to Skradin, a small town of less than 500 inhabitants, inhabited since the Neolithic, 3500BC. The earliest data on the town go back to around 33BC.
Eno-gastro experience: This time we are here for the eno-gastro experience, one of the most attractive ones in Croatia.
Viticulture has existed since ancient times, no wonder that Debit (an autochthonous vine variety that belongs exclusively to the area of Skradin and Drniš) won Grand Prix and was declared one of six best world wines back in 1932 at the wine fair in Toulouse.
Tradition has its role: the fact is that the present day winers in Skradin vineyards are as good as their famous ancestors were in theirs.
Therefore, we will stop at one of the most prominent winers to taste five wine sorts, hear the description of the region, varieties, ways of production, aging, and the organoleptic feature of each wine, the harmony of the meal and philosophy of wine (there is a possibility for an additional slow-food package for groups of 6, or 6 plus).
The Krka River National Park is another must-see attraction near Skradin. Its harmony and unspeakable beauty will for a moment make you dizzy and take away the primacy from wine.
Refreshed, we go for more, towards Šibenik, the oldest indigenous Croatian city on the Adriatic coast.
Dinner: There is another wine challenge ready for us in a most beautiful part of the very centre of town, close to the UNESCO-protected St Jacob’s Cathedral, where we are going to have a five-course dinner and the matching wines, the story told by a most true-hearted eno-gastro enthusiast.
Return - to our commom regret, after the dinner and a stroll through Šibenik.
After breakfast transfer towards the coach station/airport.
The price depends on the number of applicants, the season and the accommodation you choose!
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES
- six bed-and-breakfast arrangements
- three lunches (beverages not included)
- one lunch and tasting (four courses with wine)
- two dinners and tasting (four and five courses with wine)
- tasting seven kinds of cold cut (25 sorts of wine)
- comfortable tourist van/mini-bus ride according to the programme
- transfers from coach station/airport
- folklore show
- licenced tourist guide in Split or Trogir
- admission ticket for NP Krka (boat trip)
Note: the complete tour or some of its parts only can be tailored to your wishes.
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Plavac mali is the most widespread wine, and the most important autothchtonous cultivar of the sub-regions of Central and Southern Dalmatia. This wine is becoming more and more recognised as a distinctive tourist brand. Plavac mali is now the most important eno-gastronomic tribune in Croatia.
Especially distinguished are the Plavac wines from the protected areas of the peninsula of Pelješac (Dingač, Postup) and the island of Hvar (Ivan Dolac, Sv. Nedjelja). The best wines come from extremely steep southern slopes, extremely sparse soil, extremely low yields per vine (ranging between 0.5 and 0.75 kg) and they are an appropriate prize for the Dalmatian farmer for the centuries of hard work.
Wine features: high alcohol content (12 – 15 vol %), dark ruby colour, balanced tannines, rounded and distinctly full taste. You feel the distingished variety aroma, passion and warmth of the south, it sometimes attracts with its rustic quality, wilderness, and it sometimes exudes experience and tranquility.
The wine that needs no story frame; it is the story itself.