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From Rovinj, Pula, or Bale: Sophisticated Istrian Wine Tour

Product ID: 204679
Join a small group of like-minded wine drinkers sampling sophisticated wines and dining at a tasty farm house for lunch. Visit 2 wineries and enjoy the services of a personal driver.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Pickup time in Bale at any location is 10:30 AM but can vary up to 15 minutes due to traffic conditions.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • 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)
Full description
Join a fun and laid-back wine tour in a small group. Enjoy the service of a personal driver and visit 3 authentic Istrian wineries. At each winery, get three wines with finger food. Dive into the exciting Istrian wine culture and try also the popular local grapes called Malvazija and Teran. If you want to taste more you can upgrade your tasting at each winery. Lift your glasses and Živjeli.

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.

Includes
  • Comfortable transportation
  • Personal driver
  • 2 winery visits
  • Tasting of at least 12 wines
  • 2-course lunch with drinks

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• The atmosphere of the tour is laid-back and friendly, not mass-style and commercial
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Great tour with a great guide.

Mateo is a fun guy who shared his knowledge of Istrian vine with us. We had a verry nice tour and can higly recomend this tour.

July 26, 2019

Istrien Weinexpress

A variation of different and tasty wines on different wineries with their unique stories. Thank you guys for the funny and tasty experience. Mateo and Marko are a great team to bring the Croatien wine to young people. See you next time!

June 9, 2019

Exceptional, Matteo was a great guide

We transferred from Express Wine Tour to a more expensive but comprehensive tour and it was wonderful, this was offered by Matteo. Thank you for the offer guys, we loved our day, so grass roots and meaningful.

May 26, 2019

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Krug Travel

Product ID: 204679