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Not everything is about pushing your body to the limit. Sometimes you have to take a moment to enjoy the finer things in life. Perfect for groups who want to pamper themselves
enjoying a gourmet lunch while tasting excellent wine.
Over the last decade, Croatia has become synonymous with just that, namely quality wines and great food. Much of that reputation comes from the wineries sprinkled across the Pelješac Peninsula, about an hour’s drive north of Dubrovnik.
Croatia has a long wine-making tradition dating back to the Ancient Greek settlers, and their wine production on the southern Dalmatian islands of Hvar, Vis and Korčula some 2,500 years ago. Altough today we use different techniques, wine making is still very important part of Croatian way of life, especially in the south. During Yugoslavia, wine production was centered in large cooperatives. Quantity rather than quality became the main focus. But, after Croatia became independant in 1991 and private ownership has been re-instated, a lot of local families re-opened their wineries. From that point on, Croatian wine-making is on the rise, and today our wines are again competing with the best in the world wine market.
Our trip will take us to small and medium-size wineries, where guests will have a chance to talk to the producers themselves and learn about wines, and wine-making process. Peljesac Peninsula is best known for red wines, especially Plavac Mali (Little Blue). DNA fingerprinting has revealed that Plavac Mali has two parents. One is popular Californian wine Zinfandel, and another is an ancient variety known as Dobričić from the Croatian island of Šolta. Plavac is known for its rich and flavorful taste, high alcohol percentage (typically 12% but up to 17%) and grape tannins. Common flavors and aromas include blackberries, dark cherries, pepper, and spices.
Main white wine of the area is Pošip, grown almost exclusively on Peljesac Peninsula, and islands of Korčula and Hvar. Pošip is generally light bodied, around 12-13% in alcohol and best had at the cool temperature of 13-14 °C. It is an excellent balanced wine with aromas of ripe fruit such as apricot and figs countering its biting acidity. Result is refreshing crispy wine – natural companion for fish and sea food dishes as well as traditional Croatian prosciutto and the light-bodied cheeses.
After lunch, on the way home, we’ll stop in the village of Mali Ston to toast the day and taste the Pelješac Bay’s famous oysters.
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Visit Ston salt flats
Visit three wineries
LENGTH: 10 AM – 7:30 PM
PRICE: 775 HRK / 100 € / 120 $ / £ 90
- Prices are fixed in Croatian Kuna (HRK). Prices in other currencies are informative and liable to exchange rate fluctuations.
INCLUDES: All transfers, wine-tasting at three wineries with local
*** We require a minimum of 4 persons to run this tour. If you’re
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We (nine girls) visited Dubrovnik during the first week of June for my friends hen. We booked two activities with Outdoor Croatia one was the Paddle and Cycle tour and the other was the Gourmet Getaway tour. Both were brilliantly organised full day tours. The Outdoor Croatia team were extremely accomodating and flexible to our needs and wants (believe me we weren’t the easiest group of females). The Paddle and Cycle tour included kayaking (never done this before and as a first timer I felt so comfortable and relaxed thanks to the tour guides). We stopped for lunch on one of the islands (the fresh fish was delicious) and ended the day by cycling around the island. I would strongly recommend this tour. The Gourmet Getaway was so much fun. We visited 3 wineries where we tasted various wines and stopped for a tasty lunch at one of the wineries too. To end the day we Outdoor Croatia arranged for a boat to take us to the “oyster farm” to catch some fresh oysters. We loved the fresh oysters and wine (ofcourse!). All in all Outdoor Croatia made our holiday one to remember. Great people. Great service. Great holiday.
Visited June 2014
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