From Rovinj, Pula, or Bale: Sophisticated Istrian Wine Tour
Pickup includedPickup time in Bale at any location is 10:30 AM but can vary up to 15 minutes due to traffic conditions.
- Dive into the exciting Istrian wine scene and mingle with like-minded travellers
- Visit 2 Istrian wineries
- Taste a minimum of 12 fine Istrian wines
- Sit down for a lunch at a konoba (a traditional restaurant)
Three wineries will be visited. The first is Matošević Winery. Ivica Matošević is one of the Godfathers of the Croatian Wine Scene. He’s a Cosmopolitan Wine Promoter. In 2017, together with another Croatian Godfather called Vlado Krauthaker, he presented 1200 bottles of Croatian wines at the Epicurean Star Award in Singapore. He thinks it’s boring to grow Chardonnay and Merlot like everybody else in the world. In his opinion, Istria has the potential to grow world-class wines and his wines are the proof. He produced the first Istrian Port Wine called the Iron Witch dedicated to his marathon-running wife.
The next winery visited is the San Tommaso Relais and Winery. When you google 'Relais' it is hard to get a proper description of what this word really means. One explanation that seems more reasonable than others would be 'a station where horses are changed during a long journey'. Istria is full of idle stone house estates that must have been looked amazing in their golden times and which received all sorts of travelers with the most different travel motifs and of all background. The Debeljuh family renovated such a Relais into a modern and very elegant one.
The final visit is the Stancija Collis Winery. Štancija is the Istrian version of a Spanish Hacienda and Collis is derived from the Italian word La Collina which means hill. Stancija Collis was built on the most panoramic hill around Rovinj area. A constant slight breeze is felt on the terrace and the sea is just a stone’s throw away. The estate is surrounded by beautiful and healthy animals that are taken care of by the family Mastilović. Juraj, one of the youngest winemakers in Istria, believes in the organic winemaking style. No artificial additives, organic farming, and honest Istrian wines 'just like my grandfather did them', Juraj likes to say. Prepare for a different, stronger taste.
- Comfortable transportation
- Personal driver
- 2 winery visits
- Tasting of at least 12 wines
- 2-course lunch with drinks