The Imotski wine tour includes:
- Tasting at Grabovac winery, vineyards visits, tour of the cellar, barrel tasting (approx. 8-10 wines paired with local delicacies)
- Wine paired lunch/dinner at Krolo vinery, vineyard visit, cellar tour, barrel tasting (three course meal with paired wines)
- Private sommelier guide throughout the tour
- Transport to vineries and back to Split
180 euros per person (shared up to 6 people)
200 euros per person (private)
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The other side of Dalmatia – Wines of Dalmatian hinterland
Dalmatia has always been, and rightfully so, known for its amazing coastline, hundreds of islands, Adriatic Sea and everything that goes with it. However, some of the true gems of Croatian wine, food and culture lie in its hinterland, on the foothills of mountains and in the everlasting fields of Dalmatian Zagora. Perceiving Dalmatia as only a coast line you perceive France with only Provence, eliminating Bordeaux and Burgundy, Italy without Veneto, Spain without San Sebastian and so on.
The story about Dalmatian hinterland is a story about family, hard work, dedication and love for food and wine. In the manner of the best villages from Burgundy, small family estates all the way through Dalmatian hinterland produce amazing and mysterious wines from indigenous varietals. Wait till you get a sense of whites such as Kujundžuša and Žilavka or amazing red Bordeaux style blends of Cabernet and Merlot with a twist of indigenous varietals such as Trnjak or Vranac. A
fter leaving Split, we will drive into the heart of Dalmatian hinterland, the town of Imotski, specifically the village Proložac where we will be hosted by Grabovac family who have been in the wine business for generations and have owned vineyards for several hundred years. After a brief visit to the family vineyards overlooking the fantastic Blue Lake we will set at the vinery, the winemakers themselves are going to guide you through their methods of winemaking and taste along some of their amazing wines (think barrel samples).
Homemade cheese, bread, prosciutto and oils will round out the experience suited for Greek Gods. Glass of sparkling to cleanse the palate and refresh and we are off to our next hedonistic temple. Krolo family, just outside the town of Trilj, has been in the construction business for decades, but the love for fine wine steered them into a direction of winemaking.
All of their love (a nice portion of hard earned money) is now invested in a small vineyard and vinery on the outskirts of Trilj. During the visit we will meet the winemaking family, taste amazing Zinfandel (Crljenak) and Cab-Merlot blends, take a stroll through the vineyard, get to now traditional Croatian game of “balote” and if you are up for it have a bumpy ride in an old army jeep over the tricky slopes of Strmendolac.
The dinner will be cooked by the winemaker’s wife, and perfectly paired to the flight of wines. Good conversation and company is a given, a genuine experience you will have trouble finding anywhere on the more advertised coastline of Dalmatia.