Grapes and Landscapes

The winemaker's wine tour of Pelješac


Croatia’s second largest peninsula, the elongated Pelješac, is an incredibly scenic territory which has nurtured its foodie traditions for over a thousand years now. Oyster shells were found together with Roman ruins, showing that an appreciation of the region’s succulent aphrodisiac existed even in the ancient times. The strikingly serene bay of Mali Ston by the isthmus of Pelješac today nurtures the country’s most famous mussel and oyster farms. The peninsula road further swirls through immense stone walls, built to protect the salt pans of Ston, once treated as pure gold and then winds on through the elongated rural region of villages and vineyards, where some of the most intriguing red wines of Europe thrive.

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Duration:   full day

Difficulty:   easy

Location:   Pelješac Peninsula

Available all year round

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Mario at the cellar
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Trstenik village
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Plavac mali grapes
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At the table
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Cooking
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Bartulović selection
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Mario explains wine making process
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Dingač

Tour description


 

Some 45-minute drive from Dubrovnik, the picturesque area of Pelješac is home to some of the most intriguing red wines in Europe. Hosted by Mario Bartulović, a renowned Croatian wine-maker, this is a superb opportunity to learn about the country and its traditions, especially the art of winemaking, from a true local. The tour is a trio of wine-tastings at Croatia's most respected wine cellars, visits to vineyards on the slopes of this magnificent peninsula and a delicious, traditional Dalmatian lunch at your host's family winery.

Our first experience on Pelješac is the Miloš winery, home of the charismatic poet/winemaker Frano Miloš. Here you will have a chance to taste his red Miloš Plavac or his, now legendary, Stagnum, also a red, made of 100% Plavac Mali grapes. The visit to Miloš winery is the ultimate introduction to Pelješac.

Next, we visit the Grgic winery in Trstenik. Miljenko Grgich studied wine-making in Zagreb. After migrating to the US, with only $20 in his pocket, he founded the famous Grgich Hills winery in Napa Valley but not before he made a name for himself being part of Chateau Montelena success story in the 70s! At the Grgic cellars, on top of hills overlooking the charming Trstenik harbor, you will taste their famous white Pošip and their red Plavac Mali Dingač.

Our final sojourn will be to the 500-year-old wine cellar of Bartulović family, of your host Mario. By this time, it will feel like visiting a friend's house. Here you will enjoy a wine-tasting and a superb traditional Croatian luncheon, accompanied by their great wines!

Please note that this is much more than a wine tour. This is a cultural program with wine as the main theme but this program offers a great insight into local life and traditions of this unique region. You can choose to further custom-tailor your program, including an oyster tasting in Ston or other wineries in the region.

  • This tour is fully private and on request only.
  • Tour includes collection from your hotel, villa or private accommodation in Dubrovnik, Orebić or Korčula by your host Mario Bartulović, wine tasting at two of the most important wine cellars in the region, wine tasting and lunch at the Bartulović wine cellar.
  • Secret Dalmatia's Pelješac Wine Tour with Mario Bartulović is one of our most requested programs, hence we advise that you book early so to avoid disappointment.
  • Bring your camera, comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen in the summer months.
  • Please advise on any dietary restrictions you might have.
  • This tour is not recommended for families with children.
  • OPTIONAL: We recommend to experience this tour in a wine & bike combo, cycling through the beautiful Pelješac peninsula landscape!

Dingač

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Dingač is a wine growing region on the Pelješac Peninsula, possibly the best wine growing region in Croatia. Established in 1961, this small area between the villages of Trstenik and Podobuče was the first protected Croatian wine region and is known for the native Croatian red wine grape, Plavac Mali.
Like the neighboring Postup region, the land is rugged karst with little top soil. In addition to 2800 sun hours annually, 45 - 55 degree slopes make Dingač an ideal red wines region. Vineyards are planted from sea level up to 300m and all the wines derived from this area are eligible for a "stamp of geographic origin", meaning they meet a series of strict requirements. Notable producers of Dingač region wines include: Miloš, Grgich, Korta Katarina, Vinarija Dingač, Bura-Mokalo, Kiridžija...

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AIRPORT NEARBY

Dubrovnik

HARBOR NEARBY

Orebić

WEATHER

41°F  /  5°C

LOCAL TIME

4:22 PM

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