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Secret Dalmatia Wine Tour of Hvar

Enjoy the riches of 2000 years old tradition!

Hvar wine tradition has been documented as early as the Greek times, as they founded an agricultural colony known today as the UNESCO site of Stari Grad Plain, where olive and grape cultivation have continued uninterrupted since their arrival. By now, wine making has almost been perfected on the island, hence it is almost unthinkable to leave Hvar without a face-to-face encounter with their wines. It comes as no surprise that our Secret Dalmatia Hvar Wine Tour is one of our most popular excursions!
Hvar was once also a major exporter of wine, with some 5,700 hectares of grapes under cultivation. A punitive tax change in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a devastating attack of phylloxera on its vines, led to massive emigration, with the result that only 280 hectares of vines are under cultivation today. But the island's winemakers are undergoing something of a renaissance, and nowhere more so than in the heart of the wine country, in the town Jelsa, where two of Croatia's outstanding winemakers welcome you with their contrasting styles.
Trying the wines of Andro Tomic is a Hvar must-do. His grandiose tasting rooms in the cellars of the Bastijana winery are made to the model of the Diocletian's Palace basement itself! Educated in France, but with a resilient passion for his native island, Tomic blends the traditional with the international. Savor his statement wines, such as the excellent Plavac Mali and Sveti Klement Posip, but - do not leave without trying his sweet dessert wine, Hektorovich, which is widely acknowledged as the finest in Croatia.
A short transfer towards the other side of the island brings you to the home and cellar of Ivo Dubokovic, known as Croatia's leading boutique winemaker, whose candle-lit tasting is a cherished experience. Set in his family konoba against a backdrop of oak barrels and other wine accessories, Dubokovic assortment is one of the most personal and thought-provoking in the country.
After a busy morning of wine appreciation, enjoy a traditional grilled lunch and olive oil tasting on a hilltop, against the picture perfect background of the azure Adriatic and UNESCO Stari Grad Plain, a perfect reminder of the ethereal beauty of Hvar and its longstanding tradition of both wine and olives.

Inclusions

Collection from your hotel or meeting point by our English speaking driver/guide, tour of two wine cellars with tasting and ending with lunch served in an olive grove or a tavern in an abandoned village (depending on the availability and preferences)

Quick facts

Available year round
10 AM departure from your hotel or other meeting place (can be adjusted), or 10:30 when coming by  8:30 ferry from Split to Stari Grad.
4 PM departure for afternoon programs with dinner included.
Bring camera, comfortable walking shoes...

Cost

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Duboković

In a small village of Plitve near Jelsa, the vineyards, cellars and the konoba Dvor Duboković provide an organic escape from the hustle and bustle of Hvar's seaside towns.
Duboković wines are greatly inspired by his precious island of Hvar, its historic traditions, contemporary traits, but also the winemakers intimate memories made on the island (such as the wine called the First kiss). Dubokovic assortment is admirable for its varied scope including almost all sorts of wines, different techniques of production, and bold, intense and memorable flavors. Look out for his '2718' red – an ode to the average number of sunshine hours on Hvar annually, the '6009', a tale of the island life before the Greeks, and his top of the range Medvid and Medvidica. And yes, do not stop at wine - Dubokovic has an excellent range of flavored olive oils.

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