Wine Tours

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.

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More information

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.

Price

For 1 - 3 people - from 120 Euro each 
For 4 - 8 people - from 100 Euro each

Limited availabily.
Quotes for larger groups on request.

What's included?

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.

 

Review:
Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (www.croatia-split.com), Total Hvar (www.total-hvar.com) and Total Inland Dalmatia (www.total-inland-dalmatia.com), as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on info@total-munich.com or visit my main writing website, www.bossandblogger.com 

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