Meneghetti - Art in the bottle
Even though Meneghetti winery has a relatively short history, it is definitely one of the most famous in Istria. It sure helps that the winery is located within a beautiful stancija (Istrian name for a traditional estate).
At the beginning, in early 2000, Stancija Meneghetti consisted of an owner’s villa surrounded with vineyards and winery. The whole property could be rented and it offered a truly unique experience at the time.
Their guests enjoyed a five-star service - indoor & outdoor pools and private chef included. It is no wonder the place became hugely popular for show-stopping wedding receptions and similar events.
As time went by, the brand Meneghetti become recognized for their wine so more and more guests wanted to drop by the stancija.
The owners identified a growing demand for diversifying their offer, so the villa was rearranged into a boutique hotel with a restaurant, and the winery got an official tasting room.
Meneghetti became even more popular since one could book a room for a romantic weekend or come for a wine tasting and stay for lunch or dinner. The uniqueness of this touristic product was widely recognized by both domestic and foreign guests.
Meneghetti winery expanded their wine portfolio into four labels:
- Taste of Joy – Meneghetti Classic (sparkling wine)
- Soul of Istria – Meneghetti Merlot, Meneghetti Malvazija, Meneghetti Chardonnay
- Art in the bottle – Meneghetti White, Meneghetti Red
- Kuća Glavić – Rosé, Malvasija, Syrah.
The main idea behind their winemaking vision is to show how versatile international grapes can give excellent results in Istrian terroir. Their premium line Art in the bottle has a goal to show that great wines are not only reserved for great wine regions, such as Bordeaux and Napa Valley.
Meneghetti Classic sparkling wine is positioned in the top of its category in Croatia, whereas labels under Soul of Istria line are lower budget wines, but still with a recognizable Meneghetti touch. Kuća Glavić is their outlet located in Dubrovnik region, so wines under this label reflect the specificities of Dubrovnik terroir.
At the moment, Meneghetti stancija is undergoing another reconstruction. They are increasing their capacities by building 19 new rooms, out of which 15 will be located within newly constructed residences. Consequently, they are expanding the existing restaurant and building another outdoor pool.
They claim exclusivity, serenity and tranquility they are famous for will be even on a higher level once they finish. They plan to open their doors for public beginning of August 2016.
Definitely worth visiting!
(Surely you'll earn extra points with their staff if you already know their wines – so don't delay with your order).
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