Cooking in Dubrovnik wine county

Learn a traditional hearth-side recipe in Dubrovnik's famous wine region

Join Mario Bartulović, the young and enthusiastic winemaker, storyteller and advocate of the beauties of rural life, on the most authentic culinary experience in the Dubrovnik region! The ancient recipe of peka that harkens back to the prehistoric times is a quintessential Dalmatian tradition so beloved for its hearty and delicious flavors and the way it brings people together around the fire! Sharing stories over some fantastic Pelješac wines, Mario will walk you through the unique peka experience of slow cooking under the bell! 

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Duration:   full day

Difficulty:   easy

Location:   Dubrovnik

Available May to October

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Traditional Peka cooking
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Lamb and potatoes cooked unter Peka
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Finest Dalmatian grapes
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Enthusiastic winemaker Mario Bartulović
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Traditionally decorated interior
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Palette of Bartulović wine
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Grapes grown with very little intervention
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Bartulović wine

Tour description

The youthful and enthusiastic winemaker Mario Bartulović, from Prizdrina on Pelješac peninsula, welcomes you to the Dubrovnik’s wine empire to experience the two jewels among the peninsula’s traditions – memorable wines and a life-long passion for peka making!

Mario’s family has been living on Pelješac for over 5 centuries, hence there might not be a better person to give you a first-hand account of the livelihood and history in the area. Painting the story of the region's wines, Mario will take you to two wine cellars – Napa Valley’s favorite Croat, Mike Grgich’s cellar set above Trstenik and his own, the winery Bartulović. Offering two different takes on the same local varieties, including Plavac Mali reds, Rukatac and Pošip whites, Mario will illustrate the incredible character of these sorts, but also the immense role individual wine maker’s approaches play in the final product.

Prepare yourself for a special experience - peka feast! Peka is an iron bell-shaped lid that is placed over a pan of meat - traditionally veal or lamb, potatoes all covered in hot coals, allowing the food to slowly roast over several hours, resulting in tender meat and succulent potatoes. Under Mario’s guidance you will learn the secrets behind this simple yet divine dish, enjoying the final delicious result as the ultimate compliment to the local wines.

  • 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, hands-on cooking experience and lunch with wine.
  • Secret Dalmatia's cooking class in wine county 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.
  • Choose between preparing a traditional meat or fish meal and please advise on any dietary restrictions you might have.

The wines of Dingač

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The legendary and bold wines of Dingač come from the protected region of vineyards that sit high on the southern slopes of the Pelješac peninsula. At possibly some of the steepest vineyards in the world, the grapes are grown with very little intervention and only able to be harvested by hand. Literally baking in the endless sunshine of the region, the vines are exposed to 'triple insolation,' direct and reflected off the sea and white rock, resulting in a wine that truly speaks of the harsh terroir of the karst land - strong, concentrated and full of body.

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4:26 PM


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Cooking in Dubrovnik wine county

Cooking in Dubrovnik wine county

Learn a traditional hearth-side recipe in Dubrovnik's famous wine region