5 Croatian Island Vineyards for a Tasty Tipple On Your Sailing Holiday
When on your Seamaster Yacht Charter sailing holiday in Croatia, as well as taking in the beautiful scenery, take time to head ashore and visit some of the country’s vineyards. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Croatia has some of Europe’s most memorable and diverse wines, from the bold red Plavac Mali grown along the Dalmatian coastline to the full bodied white Pošip grown in Brač and the Pelješac peninsula. Each made all the more special when paired with stunning Adriatic views, dramatic mountain vistas and delicious Croatian cuisine.
Whether you’re a casual foodie in search of your next wine fix or an oenophile exploring the grapes of the world, these are our top 5 Croatian island vineyards to discover on your Seamaster Yacht Charter sailing holiday.
Korčula - Zure Vineyard
The hills on Korčula are covered with vineyards, but most interesting of the grapes here is the ‘grk' grape: a dry white variety that you’ll find nowhere else in the world but right here on Korčula. Stop by the Zure Vineyard to taste one of the more modern efforts and be sure to try their daring “Zure Rebellion”, which blends another of Croatia’s favourite grapes: the fruity red ‘plavac mali’ with four other varieties. Pair with freshly caught oysters from the nearby Peljesac Peninsula for a truly authentic Croatian dining experience.
Hvar - Zlatan Otok
Located just off the Dalmatian coast, gorgeous Hvar island is known the world over for its dramatic mountain ranges and lush hills that are adorned with vineyards. And while it was the Greeks who planted the first vines on Hvar more than 2000 years ago at the UNESCO-listed Stari Grad Plain, the island is now full of them, mingling with fields full of fragrant lavender and olive groves that sit overlooking beautiful blue vistas of the sea. As such you’ll find wine tasting tours, vineyard-restaurants and tasting sessions all over the island. However, multiple medal winner, Zlatan Otok is one of its most popular producers, and home to one of the most talked about Plavac Malis in Croatia. The restaurant, perched on the coast of Sveta Nedjelja is a delight too, backed by steep vineyards and offering perfect unobstructed views of the Adriatic. For something a little more unusual, opt for a wine tasting in the small underwater cellar with a porthole view of the vineyard’s unique underwater bottle storage.
Vis - All Of Them!
Atmospheric and charismatic, Vis radiates an old-school Mediterranean charm that is made all the more pleasant by the countless rustic vineyards that call the island home. Like Hvar, wine making on Vis dates back to the Greeks, but one of Vis’s most interesting grapes is the Vugava, which landed here with the Romans and is barely cultivated elsewhere. The grape lends an intensely sweet flavour to wine and as a result is often paired with Chardonnay or Pinot Gris to make it a little more palatable. You’ll note that most of the vineyards on Vis are more old-school than on Hvar or Brač, and as such it’s more of a turn up and drink affair that lends itself to long drives or walks through the countryside, sampling from obscure and otherwise hard to find producers. During the harvest, don’t be surprised if you’re invited to join in with a little grape picking in-between glasses of wine.
Brač - Jako Vino Winery
Brač’s pebbly horn-shaped Bol beach is easily one of Croatia’s most famous natural landmarks, and luckily it’s just west of here on the ideally positioned southern slopes of Brač, where you’ll find the Jako Vino Winery. The wines here are named ‘Stina’ after the famous white stone that’s quarried on the island - used to make both the Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the Whitehouse in Washington. Their Plavac Mali is good and worth a try but the Pošip is excellent, which like the island itself, has a distinctly mineral scent peppered with hints of fresh fruits and just a touch of the fresh sea breeze.
Pag - Boškinac
Pag is most often remembered for its hypnotic landscapes where crisp white sand beaches fade slowly into lush green hills and stark grey mountain tops. But there’s a bit of a secret growing in its vineyards: the Gegić grape, which is cultivated by only 2 producers in the world, both of them here on Pag. We recommend trying both but if you’ve only time for one then head to the impressive Boškinac which combines vineyards and a fabulous seasonal restaurant for what is one of Croatia’s most rewarding foodie experiences.