Happy Wine Wednesday! Welcome to the first Wine Wednesday of 2018. If you’re a returning wine lover, welcome back! If you’re new, we invite you to join us for this series which focuses on amazing wine tourism experiences across the globe. Today, we’re highlighting the Dalmatian region of Croatia. Let’s take a look!
Wine Wednesday: Dalmatian Wine
Dalmatian winemaking has a history going back thousands of years when the first Greek settlers arrived on the coastal islands. The proximity of the Adriatic Sea is the perfect place for the cultivation of grapes, thanks to its humid summers and mild winters. Additionally, Croatia is home to the Slavonian forest. While many winemakers stick to the traditional French oak barrels, Slavonian oak is often used.
Anyone who considers themselves a serious wine tourist or foodie won’t want to miss this winery. During his visit here, Anthony Bourdain exclaimed: “Why, oh why, is there so much amazing wine in this country?” (You can catch his visit to the winery in season 8.)
The winery’s Alen Bibic is credited with putting the local area, Skradin, on the wine scene map. He utilizes indigenous white Debit grapes, red Zinfandel, Shiraz, and Grenache. Generally, the wine is barrel aged for 12 months. Make sure to try the R6 Riserva on your visit – it’s a best-seller!
And don’t pass up the cuisine. Some dishes have been in the chef’s family for over 200 years and can take as long as 4 days to prepare!
Milos brings generations of Dalmatian winemaking tradition to the table. Like many Dalmatian wines, the varieties here are grown in sandy soil formed over dolomite rocks. The key grape in Milos wines is Plavac Mali, a traditional red variety grown along the Dalmatian coast. Wine is always aged in older Slavonian oak barrels to ensure the newness of the wood does not tamper with the quality of the wine.
Visitors are encouraged to stop by and winemakers are happy to share their knowledge with fellow wine lovers. In addition to a tasting, you’ll also experience an informative presentation, a brief film, and a visit to the cellar where all the winemaking magic happens.
Ruby reds and citrusy whites are the specialty of this Dalmatian winery that overlooks the Adriatic Sea. Unlike other producers in the area, Korta Katarina is relatively new. It was founded in 2006 by an American couple who fell in love with the region. Combining modern ingenuity and ancient winemaking techniques, they produced the successful winery that exists today.
Guests are welcome to not only stop by for a tasting, but also a vacation! The brand new, 10-suite Villa opens this spring. If you’re looking to shed the hustle and bustle of modern life and dive into good wine and slow travel, this is the winery for you.
If you’re in the neighborhood of Dubrovnik, make sure to stop by Saint Hills. It’s only an hour and a half drive and you’ll have the pleasure of seeing the Adriatic coast on your journey. Wine produced here is, in the words of winemakers, a culmination of “sun, sea, and stone.”
Several varieties are brewed here and each brings a unique take on the traditional Dalmatian wine. Acknowledged since 1961 as an excellent variety, Dingac represents the heart of Croatian winemaking. The Nevina line is influenced by the red soil and Malvasia grape – first brought to the region by Greek settlers in ancient times.
Something noteworthy for visitors: the winery is located in an old stone house that actually had been a winery for many years before sitting vacant. Saint Hills discovered it after 80 years and it once again is home to a winery.
If you’re looking for an extended stay, make sure to inquire about the luxurious guest rooms. Only able to stop by for short while? Have a dish at the on-site restaurant! Only the highest quality fresh, local ingredients are used. Plus, vegetables and spices are grown right on the estate. And of course, recipes are all traditional Dalmatian cuisine.
Care to dapple in Dalmatian winemaking? Contact Jaya Travel! We’re happy to create a customized tour of Croatia.