Sommelier wine tours

Sommelier wine tours


Welcome to the unique world of Croatian wine and gastronomy. We constantly seek people who live for their passion and we are happy to share them with You. Join us on our amazing private and small group trips led by educated connoisseurs. You will get an anecdotal and factual insights about the Croatian wine and gastronomy scene. Each trip has been carefully selected and tailored, well what to say, we just love what we do. Learn about Zinfandel, or Crljenak as we call it, which actually originates from Kastela near Split. Or Plavac Mali, a genuine Dalmatian sort of heavy, black grape, get acquainted with all 4 Croatian wine producing regions and a lot more. We´ll show You beauty and tastes You can´t even imagine existed in Dalmatia so just relax and let us guide Your senses into unforgottable paradise.



KASTELA–SPLIT WINE TOUR (the birthplace of Zinfandel)

ZinfandelWidely considered an American (California) original, Zinfandel has become the quintessential Thanksgiving day libation. However, a series of events in recent years have shed new light on true origins of Zinfandel. Team of enthusiasts led by the internationally famous Croatian –born Californian winemaker Mike Grgich (Grgich Hills Winery) traced the origins of Zinfandel using DNA testing to a hillside overlooking the sea in a village of Kastela, just 20 km from Split. The original name for Zinfandel was and still is Crljenak Kastelanski (literally ´black grapes from Kastela´) and now it is experiencing a rebirth in Kastela and the surrounding area. Small family plots are becoming serious wineyards, improvised wineries are being upgraded with modern technology. We´ll take You to Putalj winery in Kastel Sucurac where our host Anton Kovac produces a fresh and lively Zinfandel which pairs with sheep´s milk cheese and Anton´s homemade olive oil. A real feast awaits at our next stop, the Bedalov winery, where the winemaker himself will cook a four course meal. Jaksa and his family have been producing wine for more than 700 years. We´ll also show You a ´Biblical Garden´ Stomorija, one of only 20 in the world. The short stroll through the garden will be refreshing and educational as You´ll learn about medicinal and aromatic herbs used in Dalmatian cuisine. A small 12 wine wineyard was planted in honor of the discovery about the Kastela origin of Zinfandel.

Price per person 160€ (2 people min.)

Price includes: welcome drink at the club in Split, visit to Putalj winery (few wines paired with local delicacies), visit to Bedalov winery (4 course meal prepared by the winery owner with paired wines) private sommelier guide, transport


HVAR ISLAND WINE TOUR (the evolution of Zinfandel)  


Winemaking on Hvar has been around for more than 2000 years, brought here by the Greeks who established a colony named Pharos (now called Stari Grad, the oldest town in Croatia). On the heals of the discovery that the most widely planted grape varietal on Hvar island, Plavac Mali, is actually an offspring of a world famous Zinfandel grape (also traced back to Kastela just outside of Split, where it originated and is actually called Crljenak Kastelanski) international interest in Hvar wines has exploded. First stop is a small cellar just outside of Jelsa that belongs to the Dubokovic family. A flight of wines here leaves people speachless, from interesting and unusual whites, huge and powerful reds to sweet and special desert wines. Next we visit the most exquisite winemaker on Hvar, Andro Tomic. His state of the art winery and Greek inspired tasting room are a must see and the wine and delicacies pairing prepared by the winery staff is one of the most interesting experiences a true wine and food lover can have. After the wineries and pouring more than a dozen different wines in yourself, we´ll make sure you relax and savor the sounds and tastes of Hvar on a quiet terrace of Hotel Croatia, nestled between the sea and pine trees, where your personal guide on the tour will lead you through a wine paired three course dinner which will perfectly round out a day of island hedonism. When a tour is done by a private speed boat we can make a stop at Zlatan Plenkovic winery, another pearl with a unique underwater cellar in Sveta Nedilja on the southern slopes of island Hvar, the biggest winery on the island and one of the first big Croatian winemakers.

Price per person 175€ (2 people min.)

Price includes: tasting at Dubokovic winery (approx. 10 wines with local delicacies), tasting at Tomic winery (approx 5 wines paired with local delicacies), wine paired lunch, dinner at Hotel Croatia (three course meal with paired wines), private sommelier guide, transport on the island Hvar


IMOTSKI-TRILJ WINE TOUR (discover Dalmatian hinterland)



Krolo-winery-terraceStill widely unknown and unrecognized mountains and everlasting fields of Dalmatian Zagora hide some of the most amazing sights and tastes yet to be widely recognized. Enter this wine and gastronomy paradise before eveyone else knows about it. Dalmatian hinterland is a place of rich cultural heritage and legends. Dedication and a passion for food and wine here are essential part of life, in ways similar to bucolic villages throughout Burgundy. Small family estates scattered through the Dalmatian hinterland produce amazing and misterious wines from indigenous varietals. The countryside is spectacular as You´ll see for yourselves when we drive to a worldwide famous karst hydrography phenomena, Red and Blue Lake near Imotski. Our hosts in Prolozac village are family Grabovac, people traditionally working with wine for several hundred years. Homemade cheese, prosciutto, hearty bread and olive oil with wine tasting straight from the barrel! After this hedonistic experience we´ll go on to our next host, Krolo family near the town of Trilj. The peace and silence with which their ranch is surrounded is just magical. We´ll try excellent Zinfandel (Crljenak) as well as few Cab-Merlot brands. We can stroll through the wineyard, try a popular local game ´Balote´and if You´re up for it, take an off road drive in an army jeep through steep roads of Strmendolac. Your dinner will be cooked by the winemaker´s wife and perfectly paired to the flight of Krolo wines. Good conversation and a company is a given here, You won´t find a more genuine experience anywhere in wine travels.

Price per person 230€ (2 people min.)

Price includes: welcome drink at the club in Split, tasting at Grabovac winery (tour of the cellar, wineyard visit, barrel tasting-approx. 8-10 wines with local delicacies), wine paired lunch/dinner at Krolo winery, wineyard visit, cellar tour, barrel tasting-3 course meal with paired wines), private sommelier guide, transport



20130119_014Just a few minutes´ walk from Diocletian´s palace is The Art of Wine Club. Beautifully designed and surrounded by ancient stone walls, the shop and tasting room offers more than 400 labels of personally selected Croatian and international wines, hand-crafted liquors and regional delicacies. Our goal is to showcase Croatia´s outstanding wines and the best of the country´s specialty gourmet foods. The tasting program is always led by the owners who are experienced sommeliers. Our programs run from 90 minutes up to 2 hours or more, always filled with great wine, amazing delicacies, amiable conversation and high spirits.

Price per person 35€ (2 people minimum)

Price includes: 4 different wines from 4 different Croatian wine regions, 4 sets of specially prepared local delicacies, sommelier guidance and presentation (program lasts 01:30-02:00 hours)

*We offer discounts for bigger groups



Pure hedonismWould you consider a peak of the hedonistic experience bathing in a warm crystal clear sea while sipping an amazing sparkling wine or champagne. We´ll show you how to open oysters, a true pearls of Adriatic sea, thought to be one of the most tasteful in the world. As if this is not enough we can swim, snorkel, walk through some of the amazing old Dalmatian towns or visit fabulous island restaurants with local food and wines.

Here is a part of the action, after all the wines and food we went on an off road drive through the countryside

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