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.