Half day wine tour and the lunch
Have a half day away from the beach to learn more about Hvar’s fabulous food and wine story, which is not only intangible UNESCO heritage, but also exciting wine buyers from California to China? In a new addition for 2018, Hvar Wine Tours is responding to many requests from clients to introduce a half-day product which would allow both wine tasting and a special authentic meal.
Andro Tomic (Jelsa) – One of Croatia’s most well-known winemakers, and certainly one of the most flamboyant, Andro Tomic is the ultimate Dalmatian bon viveur, who recently addressed the European Parliament on the difference between sparkling Prosecco and dessert wine Prosek in the recent EU disagreement over names. His Romanesque cellars in Jelsa are magnificent, as are his wines. A passionate Hvarophile with a wine education from France, Tomic produces outstanding local variery wines (Beleca in the white, Plavac Mali Barrique in the red), as well as working with international varieties, such as Sveti Klement, which is akin to a traditional claret. Don’t miss his Prosek dessert wine, regarded as the best in the country. The most popular wine tasting experience on Hvar.
Ivo Dubokovic (Jelsa) – Another winemaker passionate about the island, Ivo Dubokovic has been named as Croatia’s top boutique winemaker, and with good reason. Not afraid to experiment and faithful to the grapes of Hvar, Dubokovic has come up with a unique football team of 11 excellent wines from his annual production of 25,000 bottles a year. Coupled with his professional marketing experience, the Dubokovic range is highly sought after in the top restaurants of Zagreb, particularly the reds, and bottles to look out for include 2718 (sunshine in a bottle, after the number of hours of sun Hvar averages annually), Medvedica and Medvid. The Dubokovic tasting experience is the most intimate and seductive, conducted as it is by candelit is his wine cellar, and accompanied by a tasting of his outstanding flavoured olive oils.
Teo Huljic (Jelsa) – One of Hvar’s smaller but most talented producers, Teo Huljic produces about 6,000 bottles a year in his cellar in the back streets on Jelsa’s old town, next to an excellent restaurant which bears his name, but the quality is excellent. Passionate about the island’s indigenous grapes, his range of whites in particular celebrate the very best of Hvar’s white grapes. This year, he has added another local variety which is close to dying out, Mekuja, with just 350 bottles produced. He is also keen to experiment as well, and recently became the first to plant Chardonnay on Hvar, where he intends to blend with Prc and Posip and age in oak. If you can persuade Teo to do a tasting with his slow food menu, it is a divine experience.
Ivo Caric (Svirce) – One of the rising stars of the Croatian wine scene, the rise of Ivo Caric is a success story to be celebrated. Passionate about the traditions of the islands and the native varieites available, Caric has built up an excellent national (and increasingly international) reputation for his small range of wines, which are now exported to many countries in Europe, and as far away as California. His Bogdanusa was the first to get international awards for this signature Hvar white, while his Plovac Ploski and Plovac Ploski Barrique are regarded by a growing number of experts as among the best Plavac Mali wines in the country. Caric last year opened a tasting facility on the canal in Vrboska. He also has a shop in Stari Grad where you can buy his wines, as well as other island-made products. 2016 was quite a year for Caric, as not only did he have his Plovac Ploski placed in a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Amsterdam, but the elite eatery designed a menu around it!
Zlatan Otok (Sveta Nedjelja) – Hvar’s best known and most decorated winemaker on the island, Zlatan Plenkovic was one of the biggest names in Croatia wine, his bottles exported as far away as Russia and China. With vineyards sloping down to his native Sveta Nedjelja, Zlatan has made the village an important wine destination in its own right. The first Grand Cru in Croatia, his Zlatan Plavac Grand Cru is a consistent international medal winner, while his Posip won the prestigious Decanter Best Regional White Wine. Add to that he has a cellar under the sea below the divine waterfront restaurant on the marina he has built for the village, and no wonder more people are making the journey through the Pitve Tunnel. Tragically Zlatan passed away suddenly on the ferry from Split in March, 2016, a huge loss to both Hvar and the Croatian wine scene. His legacy lives on through his sons who continue to run the business.
The winery visit is followed by lunch or dinner, with a selection of outstanding Dalmatian experiences to choose from, including in an olive grove, an abandoned village or a private household with an experienced chef.
This is a private tour, with an expert guide assigned to you for the half-day, and your tour begins with collection from your yacht or accommodation through the magical roads of Europe’s sunniest island, which is famed for its lavender, culture, olives and wine history, all of which will be brought to life by your guide en route, taking the picturesque old road through historic villages such as Brusje and Selca.. We have five star Hvar wine producers to choose from, and we are happy to help you with a suggestion of which of these would be the best fit for you if required.
we will pick you up at your hotel, villa, private accommodation, where your boat is moored or meet you at one of our four tour booths in Hvar Town. We will agree on this when the tour is booked. Departure time: Mornings between 10 – 12 NOON and afternoons 1 PM – 2 PM. Most of these tours can also be arranged at a time that is convenient for you, so please ask us what your unique requirements are and we will be happy to get back to you with the particulars and our price. End location: We will end this tour where you wish – at the marina, your hotel, villa or private accommodation. Just let us know
This is a half-day program, 3 – 4 hours
The tour of the vineyard area from Hvar – Stari Grad – Jelsa (area with wineries), choice of one of the top Croatian and Hvar winemakers between above proposed, English speaking chauffeur/ guide, air con comfortable car/ shuttle, traditional culinary experience of a three course lunch or dinner in the olive grove or abandoned village, with wine and water included, return transfer to your hotel/ villa/ yacht.
This program does not include gratuities to guides and items purchased for personal use.
Gastronomy, history and culture, for individuals, couples and families.
comfortable air-conditioned 8 seat van or Toyota Land Cruiser or Mitsubishi Pajero – both 4WD vehicles.