FIVE GREAT WINE TOURS IN AND AROUND SPLIT
When you are in Split, don’t miss a chance to try the amazing wines of Croatia. There are a couple of quality partners that really showcase the best the wine scene has to offer, from winery visits, sailings, and vineyard walks. Have a look at the best wine tour selections below.
1. Tracing the Roots of Zinfandel
It is widely known that the California’s famed Zinfandel grape actually stems from Croatia, specifically from the nearby town of Kaštela. To read about the fascinating story about tracing the Zinfandel roots back to Croatia, click here.
There are a couple of options here. You can take a full day tour where you visit several wineries and vineyards, have lunch, and go to the garden where the oldest zinfandel vine is today. Alternatively, there is a tour to a vineyard at 400m altitude where you can enjoy a tasting and lunch (or snacks).
2. Day Sailing to a Winery on Brać with a Five Course Traditional Lunch
Hop on board a sailing boat and let the winds take you to the island of Brač where you will visit a beautiful family winery, taste five wines with a smashing lunch, followed by swims in a secluded bay.
3. Winery Visit with a 15-Course Molecular Tasting Menu
A trip for true hedonists, you will be taking to a five star winery an hour’s drive from Split for a tour and tasting matched with 15 courses made using molecular gastronomy. This is the best tasting you will never remember.
4. Palace Walk and a Sundowner Wine & Cheese Tasting
The best way to experience the heart of Split is surely with a guided tour of the Palace and to end an insightful tour, you will be guided through several wines and matching cheeses in a charming little bar.
5. Taste Three Generations of Dalmatian Grape Varieties
Head 15 minutes out of town to a little family winery that produces wines of three different Dalmatian grape varieties that are all related to one another. See what grandfather, father, and son taste like together with a selection of local snacks.
The secret of Croatian wines is slowly coming out to an international audience. The resurgence of the industry, powered by 130 indigenous varieties and its prize jewel, the powerful Plavac Mali, has resulted in global plaudits and exports from Chicago to China.
The Croatian wine industry is older than many better-known wine-producing countries, and dates back to well before the birth of Christ. It is an important component of the country's culture, and local wine festivals, such as the one on Hvar in the video below, bring some of the best tourist memories.
There are few bigger names in Croatian wine than Alen Bibic, and the tour of the Bibic winery is one of THE gastronomic experiences in the region. With his wine sold only in select stores and the remainder shipped to Europe and America, this is top-quality Croatian wine at its very best.
As if the were not enough, the 6-8 course food pairing dinner put together by wife Vesa, combined with the stunning location in the village of Plastovo, in the rolling hills above historic Skradin and the Krka National Park (two of Croatia's top destinations in their own right), makes the Bibic wine tour the highlight of any trip to Croatia.
There will be an opportunity to visit the Bibic wine shop, which also serves cold pressed olive oil and other specialities from Dalmatia. Don't forget to try the outstanding brandy!
Options to combine this tour with a tour of Sibenik and its UNESCO cathedral or Skradin and the Krka National Park are available, as is the possibility to also visit the Gasperov cellars and the region's most famous wine, Babic, before a final detour to the famous Bucavac vineyard in Primošten.
For 1 - 3 people - from 120 Euro each
For 4 - 8 people - from 100 Euro each
Quotes for larger groups on request.
Collection from your accommodation by English-speaker driver/guide, road tolls and parking, all wine tasting and dinner, and visits mentioned above, tickets if applicable, VAT and taxes.