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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Our most recommended Istria County Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Umag: A Real Istrian Olive oil, Wine & Local food experience

1. Umag: A Real Istrian Olive oil, Wine & Local food experience

Immerse yourself in this farm to table gastronomic walking tour of a farm near Umag. Learn about the production of premium olive oil in a region that has been declared the best olive oil region in the world by the Italian Flos Olei. Meet your host at their family property that was built in 1899. Admire views of the olive groves, vineyards, and orchards before heading down to the olive oil tasting room. Listen as your guide reveals the secrets behind the olive harvesting and oil extraction process. Discover how the process has changed over the years. Get tips on how to store olive oil properly to ensure its freshness. Taste some Olivo Istriano Premium Grand Cuvée oil. Learn how to taste and distinguish premium oil from inferior olive oil. Pair your oil with an Istrian charcuterie board of assorted cured meats and two organic cheeses from a local farm. Taste freshly prepared homemade ricotta cheese with olives. Savor fresh seasonal fruits from the garden with homemade bread. Finish your tasting with some artisan ice cream. Sip on Malvasia Istrina wine, dry Muscat cuvee wine, olive liquor, elderflower juice, and coffee. Head out for a stroll through the olive grove to find out about various types olive trees.

Rovinj: Half-Day Bike Tour with Wine and Olive Oil Tasting

2. Rovinj: Half-Day Bike Tour with Wine and Olive Oil Tasting

You will meet with your guide and start the tour riding through the typical Istrian countryside around Rovinj. Your tour will then continue as you ride along the coast on the Macadame Path until you reach Rovinjsko Selo. Following a refreshment break, you will cycle through the woods and along olive groves and vineyards. You will then ride past changing scenery over narrow roads and trails along the west coast, before reaching the Rovinj city center. Once having, arrived, you will be free to taste the local food, wine, and olive oil. This is your opportunity to discover one of the last true romantic Mediterranean towns, complete with its narrow streets, unique and authentic houses, and rich variety of charming art galleries, taverns, cafés and souvenir shops.

Cape Kamenjak: Sunset Kayak/SUP Wine Tour

3. Cape Kamenjak: Sunset Kayak/SUP Wine Tour

Take full advantage of the perfect formula for a relaxing kayak or stand-up paddle (SUP) tour: sunset, sea, and a clear sky. Paddle through Medulin Bay, along Trumbuja island to the island of Ceja in Istria. The island, generally known for its wild rabbits and clean beaches, also offers panoramic views of the entire Cape Kamenjak. Swim and enjoy the evening sun on your kayak or SUP, or explore the nearby hills of this uninhabited island. Snorkel or swim around the island before returning to the open sea, watching the sun change color and slowly set on the horizon. Enjoy the surreal scenes that unfold in this unique bay along with a glass of champagne or wine. This exceptional experience of Istrian nature, so close to Pula, is intended for everyone. Grab your camera and take stunning sunset photos or sit back with a glass of wine and take in the mesmerizing colors of the Adriatic Sea.

From Rovinj/Bale: Istria in 1 Day Tour with Lunch & Tastings

4. From Rovinj/Bale: Istria in 1 Day Tour with Lunch & Tastings

Discover the wonders of Istria County on this multi-stop, guided tour from your choice of meeting point in Rovinj or Bale. Blend into local life as you explore the towns of Poreč, Grožnjan, and Motovun. Enjoy lunch at a local eatery and join a truffle tasting. The first stop is in Poreč. Here, you can see golden early-Christian mosaics at the Euphresian Basilica, a UNESCO world heritage site (entry fee not included). After a walking tour of Poreč, head to Grožnjan, a village that was abandoned entirely after World War II and has since been revitalized with the help of artists from all around Yugoslavia. Romantic stone-cobbled alleys and colorful workshops around every corner make the tiny town of Grožnjan a must-see location in Istria. Afterward, continue to Motovun, the mightiest hilltop town in Istria. Once in Motovun, try the most expensive mushroom in the world during a truffle tasting. Walk the panoramic city walls and admire Istria in all its glory before arriving at a konoba, the local word for trattoria (Italian-style eatery). You'll return to Rovinj or Bale in the late afternoon.

Cape Kamenjak: Half–Day Wine Tasting & Bike Tour

5. Cape Kamenjak: Half–Day Wine Tasting & Bike Tour

Discover the magnificent and protected nature reserve Cape Kamenjak. The waters of the sea are nowhere more bluish-green and crystal clean than in this locality – the southernmost tip of Istria. The rocky beaches alternate with sandy coves. Kamenjak is situated in a purely natural environment, there are no campsites, hotels or buildings. Further on the way, close to the bay of Pinizule, the ancient dinosaur footprints were discovered in the rock slabs several years ago. Upon arrival in Kamenjak, cycle along a narrow path and pass by beautiful beaches, with a unique view to the open sea's vastness. Stop at the very tip of the Istrian peninsula. Return by bike to Pula with a stopover for wine tasting of the famous Istrian wine, served with authentic Istrian cold dishes.

Pula: Bike Tour with Wine Tasting

6. Pula: Bike Tour with Wine Tasting

Meet your local guide and get ready to ride your bike and discover Pula. The tour starts with an easy ride through the historical city center. Discover the city's landmarks such as the Roman amphitheater, the Castle of Pula, and the gates of the Roman city. Further on, the tour takes you along the seaside. Discover beautiful views all the way along the coastal promenade. With occasional photo stops and breaks, arrive at the marina. Later on, reach Cave Romane, a quarry from Roman times. To conclude the tour, stop at the local winery for wine tasting. Taste three local wines accompanied with Istrian cold dishes. Finally, cycle back to the starting point.

Šišan: Organic Winery Tour and Tasting Experience

7. Šišan: Organic Winery Tour and Tasting Experience

Take your taste buds on an adventure at Bruno's winery, the southernmost winery in Istria. Walk through his cellars and hear more about the craft of winemaking. Sip 5 wines which are served with snacks. Discover how his space has excellent conditions for the wine production process of fermentation, ageing, and maturing the wine. Stroll around the modernist building that is dominated by concrete and glass. Enjoy tasting a glass of wine while overlooking the barrel room. Experience savoring the wine while peering into the heart of the production process. Try flavors that were harvested from vineyards that are planted in Istrian red soil which is rich in minerals and saturated with lime stone. Admire wine that was made organically to preserve the authenticity and naturalness of the grapes.

Istria County: Istrian Food Tour Day Trip with Farm Visit

8. Istria County: Istrian Food Tour Day Trip with Farm Visit

Taste the flavors of the Croatian countryside on a daylong 3-stop food tour of Istria. Meet the producers who sell fresh fruits and vegetables at a market. Chat with farmers over a meal at their own farm. Sample regional dishes at a restaurant.  Try cheese, charcuterie, and olive oil at the first stop in the countryside. Take time to chat with the producer during the visit. Find out what’s in season and enjoy a sample. Besides olives and grapes, Istria is also known for its asparagus. Further along, visit a working family farm. Share in conversation and taste traditionally prepared dishes over a light meal with your hosts. You’ll start to notice the Austrian and Venetian influences as you try each new dish.  A restaurant marks the tour’s final stop. Indulge in more traditional Istrian cuisine. Pastas and seafood are popular staples in the area. They also pair well with the locally grown wines. After the restaurant, you will return to your hotel. 

Koper: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

9. Koper: Flavors of Istria Tour to Hum, Grožnjan, & Motovun

Istria, a wonderful peninsula that lies near the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its coastal sights and its vibrant green inland vegetation, with numerous cultural-historic attractions and memorable natural vistas viewed from village hilltops. Additionally, it is a treasure trove of culinary delights. Istrian cuisine is a reflection of the climatic, geographical, and historical wonders of the area, combining multiple local culinary traditions based on olive oil, seafood, seasonal vegetables, aromatic spices, and indigenous plants. Hidden beneath your Istrian host’s smile is an on-going invitation to taste and discover the real features of this idyllic coastal land. It’s the environmental beauty and living history that draws you in; along with the diligent craftsmanship witnessed in every stone. During your tour, you will visit 3 famous Istrian villages where you will taste local liquors, wines, cheeses, truffle products, and marmalades. Hum – the smallest town in the world Hum, the smallest town in the world, is located in the heart of Istria that claims only 20 inhabitants. Your visit to Hum will be like a beautiful fairy tale of small Istrian towns. This hidden, picturesque region of Istria is extremely friendly to all visitors who come to marvel in the sights the town has to offer. According to local legend, Hum was built with the stones left over when giants were building towns in the Mirna River valley, an area in central Istria that includes wonderful mountain towns such as Motovun, Roč, and Bale. Apart from being famous for being the smallest town in the world, Hum recently became popular for biska, a spiced brandy made with mistletoe according to an old Hum recipe. Motovun – the most famous medieval town of Istria Northern Istria, located high above the Mirna River, is home to arguably the most attractive and famous medieval town in the country – Motovun. This fascinating town that lies on top of a hill is the characteristic symbol for the inner heart of Istria. The bell tower, which was built in the 13th century in a Romanesque-Gothic style, dominates the center of the historic town from its position adjacent to St Stephen’s 17th century parish church. There are many other beautiful historic buildings that surround it. Motovun’s forest is a particularly good hunting ground for truffles, the alleged aphrodisiac fungus which grows underground and is prized for its distinctive aroma. These white truffles are said by many to be as good as their French and Italian counterparts. Vineyards surround the town from all sides; Istria’s finest wines are produced from the grapes of these vineyards. The whole region is sprinkled with superb restaurants and “konobe.” During your visit to Motovun, you will get to experience these delicious local truffle products for yourself. Grožnjan – town of artists and music Grožnjan is a small Istrian town that holds a great cultural significance not only to Croatia but worldwide. Surrounded by green hills and magical white soil, this town is a must-see for those who want to discover the treasure trove that is Istria. Because of its interesting history, Grožnjan is rich in ancient churches, prehistoric sites, medieval castles, magnificent palaces, and many other historic structures whose past glory was recovered once again through restoration. Its white soil feeds the many neighboring vineyards and olive groves. Because of all this, the area of Grožnjan is ripe with agritourism and many taverns and restaurants offer traditional Istrian cuisine to their guests. Grožnjan is also home to several national and international artists. There are as many as 28 ateliers in this small town; there is also the City Art Gallery which hosts artists’ works from around the world (even the well-known Imaginary Film Academy found its home here). In the summer, all of Grožnjan becomes a stage for world renowned jazz and classical musicians, as well as many of the other artists who have discovered the true joy of creation here.

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based on 6 reviews

A wonderful day with The best guide! We had both historical, cultural and excellent food experiences. We bought truffles and good wine and met lovely people. We had some heavy rain at one point, but with Ivana behind The wheels that didn’t cause any problems. Recommended! Ps There seems to be some problems with their bookings, so make s phone call snd make sure The booking has come through and The trip is on. We had one day ‘delay’ but as long as they fix it, its okay by me.

A very nice route through the nature of Croatia. The subsequent wine tasting was very tasty and we got to know a lot about good oil and wine. A big thank you to the winery owners, who were very nice and prepared everything with a lot of love. Our guide Daniel, who according to his statement could not speak German well, spoke perfect German and was very nice and open-minded. We could ask him anything and got a detailed answer to everything.

An exciting and very personal experience from a guide who really cared about giving us this good experience and we definitely got that. There was no doubt about his arrangement and his great knowledge of the area was in a special class. We were very well disguised with the menu with the region's specialities. It is definitely a trip we would recommend others to try.

It was a great tour, on back roads. Wine and olive oil tasting was very good. Tour leader was friendly, and a very good leader!

Daniel was an extraordinary guide and we had an amazing time biking and exploring the Istrian peninsula!