The Kaštela & Split wine tour includes:
- Visit to historical Biblical Garden with short tasting and regions winemaking history introduction
- Tasting at Putalj Winery, cellar visit, production area visit, vineyard visit
- Tasting at Vuina Cellar with production and barrell room tour (approx. 3 wines paired with local delicacies)
- Private sommelier guide throughout the tour
- Transport to wineries and back to Split
- Note: tour features mostly red wine, to incorporate more white wines please contact usMeeting point: Accommodation or other upon request
Departure time: Flexible, upon request
Duration: approx. 5 hours
120 euros per person (shared up to 6 people)
170 euros per person (private)
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The birthplace of Zinfandel
Widely considered an American original, Zinfandel has found its way to become a Thanksgiving Day classic. However, a series of events in recent years shine a new light on the true origins of Zinfandel. Team of enthusiasts led by Croatian born Californian winemaker Mike Grgich traced back the origins of Zinfandel to hillside of Split specifically the town of Kaštela.
Original name for Zinfandel was and still is Crljenak Kaštelanski, and it is experiencing a rebirth in Kaštela and the surrounding area. Small family plots are becoming serious vineyards, improvised wineries are getting upgraded with technology and serious Zinfandel wine is starting to be produced after hundreds of year’s absence.
The Art of Wine project puts strong emphasis on helping new winemakers in Kaštela get their story heard and getting people all around the world introduced to the story of Crljenak Kaštelanski and his long road back home. The tour starts at The Art of Wine store where you will get the whole history behind Zinfandels journey to USA and back, taste some interesting wines and feast on special homemade delicacies.
Next stop on the tour is Putalj winery in Kaštel Sućurac where our host will be Anton Kovač, long time vineyard owner who after selling his family land to a big supermarket decided to invest all of the money back in the family vineyard and build a new modern wine cellar. Anton produces a fresh and lively Zinfandel witch pairs perfectly with sheep’s milk cheese and Anton’s homemade olive oil and fresh baguettes.
A real feast waits at our next stop in Bedalov winery, where the winemaker himself will cook a four course meal that pairs perfectly with his wines (think Zinfandel risotto). Jakša Bedalov and his family are producing wine for over 700 years so you now some serious history lessons await at his Vagabundo tasting room. After a long day of good food and wine experiences we will take you to the Biblical Garden in Kaštel Novi, one of twenty in the world.
Short stroll through the garden will be refreshing and educational as you will get to know a lot of medicinal and aromatic herbs used in Croatian cuisine. At the very end of the garden, you will get the chance to take your picture next to the original Zinfandel vines. A small 12-vine vineyard was planted by former mayor of Yountville, Mary Lou Hunt and Mike Grgich himself in honor of the discovery about Zinfandels origins.