6 Most Interesting Croatian wine Cellar to Visits
When it comes to wine, it should be quality over appearance (brand image, bottle, label …). Having a show-stopper winery always helps in terms of wine tourism, but true wine lovers are (hopefully) more interested in wines than buildings. Being a tourist country, wine tourism in Croatia is a growing industry and many winemakers have recognized this opportunity.
Even though some winemakers claim investments in cellar buildings and wineries result in overall business increase, it’s still experience that matters the most. From hacienda style to garage wineries, here’s the list of most interesting and memorable cellars to visit:
This hacienda style winery will charm you as soon as you enter their wine shop.
Located in a secluded village of Plastovo, above beautiful Skradin, Bibich winery is a must for connoisseurs from around the world.
You can book wine tasting, tapas or the grand winemaker’s dinner – either way, they will blow your mind. Some of the greatest gluttons like Anthony Bourdain have been knocked off their feet by Alen Bibich and his crew.
Literally. FYI, Alen’s wife Vesna, in charge of their cuisine, is one of the most talented chefs in Croatia.
This family owned winery located on Pelješac peninsula has been working hard for the last 30 years to make a living from winemaking so no wonder they’ve grown into a cult.
Once you go to their vineyards and see this impressive view, you’ll get the idea of how hard it is to grow vines on their location.
Masters of Croatian indigenous Plavac Mali, ancestor to more famous Zinfandel, Miloš family will get under your skin and it will be difficult to forget them.
One of the oldest and most known Croatian wineries – Plenković – is situated on a stunning position of Sveta Nedilja, on the southern slopes of the island of Hvar. Recently deceased Zlatan Plenković was recognised as a pioneer winemaker of his time.
Plenković winery has a restaurant and a small marina and offers wine tasting in an underwater cellar. Definitely a place where you can spend a whole day indulging all your senses.
At the moment still sort of a garage winery, Roxanich cellar is a true representative of a “software over hardware” philosophy. Understated building of their winery hides hardly imaginable quantity of wines on ageing (at every moment around 500.000 liters).
Here you’ll have the opportunity to try wines from barrels and see how different wines develop over time and how long it takes for wine to get to the bottle. If everything goes as planned, in few years they are moving into a new cellar.
Megi and Saša Senjković are young winemaking couple living on the island of Brač. Saša’s humble presence will show you anything is possible with hard-work and clear vision, whereas Megi’s eclectic spirit and culinary talent will blow your mind (and then some).
They also recognised the opportunity of upgrading their offer from simple wine tasting to a memorable experience so now they offer lunch/dinner sessions.
Located in a heart of Baranja and situated in a cellar dating from 1935, this family owned winery proves that continental part of Croatia also benefits from wine tourism.
Cultivating grapes specific for their respective area, Josić winery offers graševina (Riesling Italico), Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and very interesting red blends made of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Frankovka (Blaufränkisch).
Moreover, the winery has a proper restaurant and we assure you - food from this area is finger-licking good.
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