Board your chartered motor or sailing yacht in Dubrovnik, the Jewel of the Adriatic. And then, lets begin our Fine Wine ... with a View tour in Southern Croatia at the KORTA KATARINA Winery located in the small coastal town of Orebić on the Pelješac peninsula.
The KK winery, wine bar, Villa Katarina and vineyards are perched on the edge of the crystal-clear Adriatic Sea and provide breathtaking views of the Dalmatian Coast. Award winning wines you must try: Plavac Mali, Reuben's Private Reserve Plavac Mali, Rose Plavac Mali & Zinfandel, and Pošip.
Next stop is the SAINT HILLS Winery whose vineyards – St. Roko & St. Lucia – are located near the base of the scenic Pelješac peninsula. Exposed to the sun and wind, these vineyards face extreme conditions for making wine in which no one has made wine before. At the same time, they offer spectacular views of the bay, the sea, and the Pelješac peninsula. Must taste these wines when you visit: Nevina, Sv. Roko, Dingač and the award winning Ernest Tolj ET.
Next stop Island Hvar and the ZLATAN OTOK Winery highlighted by this lovely restaurant and port called Bilo Idro. The restaurant boasts a sea pool with live lobsters and a unique underwater wine cellar in which wine tastings overlooking the sea bottom are held.In 2009 the owner Zlatan Plenković was elected as a Croatian Wine Knight and can no longer compete for the winemaker of the year award, which he won in 2005 and 2007. Multiple awards given to the following wines: Zlatan Plavac, Zlatan Plavac Barrique, and Zlatan Pošip.
Our next stop is the BAŠTJANA Winery, owned by the Tomić family and situated in Jelsa, a small coastal town with a long winemaking tradition. Must do: arrange your wine tasting in Triclinium, Baštijana's stunning wine cellar modeled after ancient Roman dining rooms.Try the popular Tomic Beleca white, his reds, Caplar, Veli Plavac Mali and Caplar (blended with Cabernet Sauvignon), and the highly regarded Prošek dessert wine.
The fifth stop on our tour will be another famous family wine business, the BIBICH Winery located in the hills of Skradin, 5 miles east of the idyllic port city of Šibenik.
The vineyards surround the tiny village of Plastovo, just across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, and roughly in line with the wine hills of Tuscany. Must try their PS, R6 Reserva, G6 Grenache and Sparkling Rose.
Anthony Bourdain visited the Bibich winery and famously proclaimed “Why, oh why, is there so much amazing wine in this country?”.
The last stop on this very short and very limited wine tasting tour is on the island Pag at the BOŠKINAC Winery.The winery is located on a hill, in the middle of a dense pine tree forest on the margin of a vineyard and an olive grove. It is near the entrance to “Zaglava” - the traditional karst sheep pasture field where the world famous (Paški sir) cheese is made. Noted wines from the owner Boris Šuljić include: Gegić, Boškinac 2012, Boškinčić and Rose.
A winery tour of Croatia is a perfect way to spend a week on Motor Yacht Brazil (https://mysyachting.com/brazil/), this luxurious 40 meter Heesen yacht pictured below. Remember, Mr. Bourdain was as stunned as he was right about world class, fine wines in Croatia. By yacht, one can visit almost all the great vineyards up and down the beautiful and endless coast, on the seaside, just inland, or on magnificent islands, but it will take more than one vacation to visit the best of the best. We will devote future blogs to Croatia: Fine Wine ... with a View!