Wine Tasting Tour of Hvar (half-day)
Meet the winemaker whose wines have been called a benchmark for the future millennium by the respected wine magazine 'La Revue du vin de France''. Taste wines from Croatia's first and only eco - winery, specially monitored vineyards in the southern hills of Hvar that won both the Paris World Wine Contest and Decanter World Wine Awards in London.
Meet Croatia's leading ''garage“ winemaker and taste wines which are now among the most expensive in Croatia. Find out what it's like to try ''2718 hours of sun in the bottle''. Come with us to the highest peak on the island and take in the magical view of Hvar's most lush vineyards. Discover the secrets of Plavac Mali, enjoy local brandy infused with local aromatic herbs - taste the true flavours of Hvar Island!
You can visit any ONE of the following four wineries:
Bastijana - Mr. Andro Tomić
Dubokovic Medvid - Mr. Ivo Duboković
Agriccultural Cooperative Svirče
Zlatan Otok - Mr. Zlatan Plenković
Itinerary: This sublime half-day program visits the most outstanding wineries on the island. Just a short 25 minute drive from Hvar Town and we're in wine country! After a tour of the cellars and production facilties, you'll be invited to participate in a 4 course tasting paired with local food delicacies.
Meeting point: we will pick you up at your hotel, villa, private accommodation, where your boat is moored or meet you at one of our four tour booths in Hvar Town. We will agree on this when the tour is booked.
Departure time: Mornings between 10 - 12 NOON and afternoons 1pm - 2pm. Most of these tours can also be arranged at a time that is convenient for you, so please tell us what your requirements are and we will be happy to get back to you with the particulars and our price. End location: We will end this tour where you wish - at the marina, your hotel, villa or private accommodation. Just let us know.
Duration:This is a half-day program, 3 - 4 hours
What's included: Pick up, the program as described, car transfer to winery and back, 4 course wine tasting paired with finest local delicacies.
What's extra: This program does not include lunch, but you can bring a picnic and/or we can suggest other places to dine; nor does it include gratuities to guides and items purchased for personal use.
Tour type: Gastronomy, history and culture, for individuals, groups, couples and families.
Transportation method: comfortable air-conditioned 8 seat van or Toyota Landrcuiser or Mitsubishi Pajero - both 4WD vehicles.
Activity level: Light
Disabilities friendly: Yes
Kid friendly: Yes
Where The Wine Future Begins
A full day tour of wine and great food visiting two of Croatia's premier wineries, followed by a delightful olive grove picnic. Plavac Mali is the most known autochthonic grape variety in Croatia and the Dalmatian region.
First established here by the Greeks 2234 years ago, Hvar’s ancient vineyards and olive groves are the oldest continuously cultivated agricultural plain in the world, and are now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Admired by wine enthusiasts around the globe, plavac mali’s fame might never have happened if wasn’t for Croatia’s most famous winemaker, Mike Grgich. As a young Croat, Mike left his native land with $30 in his pocket to find his fortune in America. Today, this legendary founder of Grgich Hills Winery in California; partner of the Mondavi family (and creator of their best chardonnay) and the pioneer of USA wine production in Napa Valley is famous the world over as the wine-maker who stunned the world by winning the famous 1976 Paris blind wine tasting (made into the movie “Bottle Shock”)
For years Mike and a few of his fellow Croatians were convinced that the roots of zinfandel, “America’s grape”, were really Dalmatian. After years of research and DNA testing, Grgich was proved right. Not only was zinfandel Croatian, but it was traced to a small village in Kaštela, between Split and Trogir. Another local cultivar, dobričić, from the island of Šolta, was later found to be one of the parents of plavac mali which together with plavac mail and plavina, further proved a “first-degree” relationship of zinfandel. As Grgich himself said:
‘’Apart from the genes of zinfandel, plavac mali has genes of dobričić, a grape variety that has more colour than zinfandel, and a thicker foreskin which is protection against becoming rotten. I’m predicting a worldwide future for plavac mali, and I strongly believe that it will replace Italian primitivo and American zinfandel.’’
''Zinfandel goes to history and future of red wines lies in Plavac Mali''
Our glorious full day tour begins in the ‘’heart of Hvar Island’’. We'll head south, passing through the island's 1400-meter-long stone tunnel to reach the island's most important wine region—the fertile vineyards located on the coastal cliffs. Continuing further to Jelsa we'll visit one of the most famous Croatian winemakers, the Bastijana Wine cellar.
Winery 1: Bastijana Our tour of the winery includes both their production and cellar storage facilities (loaded with barrique barrels) and an organized wine tasting in 4 courses that will be combined with island finest local appetizers. Our host will be Mr. Andro Tomić, one of the most famous wine producers in Croatia. His wines have conquered and dazzled the world many times over and continue to do so. ‘’La Revue du vin de France’’, the respected wine magazine, distinguished his wines as being a benchmark for the future millennium. We invite you try his Mali Plavac, made from grapes grown on the southern hills. You’ll also enjoy his award-wining port wine, Hektor, which has a rare originality.
Winery 2: Medvid - Duboković & 2718 hours of sun in the bottle. Our program continues as we meet the leading Croatian “garage” winemaker to taste wines that have become the most sought after in the country. The reason? You’ll taste what it's like to try ''2718 hours in the bottle”. The term “garage” winemaker is sarcastically used by big Bordeaux wine producers and vineyard landlords to denigrate young and ambitious ''wine newcomers'' without vineyards or with very small land plots.
Their feeling is that basing wine production on grapes purchased from other farmers can’t possibly be as good as coming from your own vineyard. Isn’t it wonderful that we have blind taste tests to prove which wine truly deserves to be called great instead of just looking at a famous label? The ultimate truth test isn’t just winning awards, it’s the palate of wine drinkers all over the world. Here in Croatia, Duboković wines have become a ''must have'' in the finest restaurants, hotels and specialized wine shops. Duboković - Medvid wines now have the distinction of being the most expensive regular vintage wines in the country!
After the Duboković wine cellar tour and wine tasting we'll head to an olive grove for a fabulous lunch/dinner (depending on the time of day). This trip ends with an authentic island culinary picnic at the picturesque village of Vrisnik. Your host is one of the best Croatian olive oil producers, Mr. Borivoj Bojanić.
His grove has an amazing view of Hvar's 2234 year-old Ager field, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the oldest preserved agriculture plain in the world. As you savor the subtle flavors of all the local herbs and condiments used in the preparation of your meal and gaze out at the Ager, you will understand the essence of island living among unspoiled nature.
Meeting point: we will pick you up at your hotel, villa, private accommodation, where your boat is moored or meet you at one of our four tour booths in Hvar Town. We will agree on this when the tour is booked. Departure time: Mornings between 10 – 12Noon and afternoons 1 – 4PM. This tour can also be arranged at a time that is convenient for you, so please tell us what your requirements are and we will be happy to get back to you with the particulars and our price.
End location: We will end this tour where you wish - at the marina, your hotel, villa or private accommodation. Just let us know.
Duration: This is a full day program, 6 - 8 hours
What's included: the program as described, pick up, wine tour guide/driver, air-conditioned 4 WD (Toyota Landrcuiser or Mitshubishi Pajero)
Appetizer - Local cheese with island extra virgin olive oil/marinated anchovies and olive patè
Main Course - Barbeque or stewed fish prepared in the ''hunter's way'' on an open fire or grilled fish wrapped in bacon
Dessert - Fritule - (local caramelized almond biscuits, – a traditional Hvar sweet)
Beverage - Grappa - local brandy, wine, water, coffee
What's extra: Gratuities to guides and items purchased for personal use..
Tour type: Gastronomy, history and culture, for individuals, groups,couples and families.
Transportation method: Toyota Landrcuiser or Mitsubishi Pajero - both 4WD vehicles.
Activity level: Light
Disabilities friendly: Yes
Min: 2 people