The ancient Greeks and Romans were already growing grapes and producing wine on Hvar 300 years well before Christ was born. This gave them safety, food and medicinal wealth.
Vineyards are all over the island. Strong winds and sun are ideal conditions for producing the best quality wine, including Croatia’s only Grand Cru. Plavac Mali is the most indigenous grape in the Dalmatian region.
The wine tour begins in the town of Hvar with a drive to the other side of the island, to the most important wine region. Continuing further you’ll visit two of the most famous Croatian winemakers. The wine tour includes two wineries, depending on availability.
Vina Carić: Residing in Vrboska, the Carić family have been involved with vineyards for as long as they remember, however it was not before Vino Hvar d.o.o. was established that they started producing their own wines, “Carič wines”. Their work in the vineyards is just as important to them as their work in the winery. They have 5 hectares of vineyards in a specially designated wine growing area known as “Vinogorje Hvar.” They also purchase a minimal amount of grapes from contract growers to complement their crop. They also grow indigenous varieties: Plavac Mali, Bogdanjuša, Kuč, Maraština, Darnekuša and Pošip. Their wines have an individual story from the vineyard to the winery.
Bastijana is situated in Jelsa, a small coastal town which has a very proud and long winemaking tradition. The Tomić family and ten other people from the island of Hvar work in the winery. They cultivate indigenous grapes, but experiment with new ones also. They are constantly enhancing the production of red, white and rose varieties with modern technologies, but pay particular attention to Prošek, the original Dalmatian wine made from selected and dried grapes of the highest quality local varieties.
Duboković is also located in Jelsa, and you will have a chance to know what it’s like to try ”2718 hours in the bottle wine”. In Croatia, Dubokovic wines have become a ”must have” in the finest restaurants, hotels and specialised wine shops. Dubokovic – Medvid wines now have the distinction of being the most expensive regular vintage wines in the country.
Zlatan otok: In the Sv. Nedjelja village, by the waterside, the Plenković family formed their horticulturist company in early 1986. Their vineyards are to the south of Hvar island and on Makarska vineyards below Mt. Biokovo. The wine tasting is held in a unique underwater wine cellar overlooking the bottom of the sea.
In each of the wine cellars you will have the opportunity to taste 4 – 5 different wines together with a personalised wine guide, who will describe the individual wines and provide the information needed to satisfy your curiosity, paired with the island's finest local appetisers.
After visiting the wineries you will head to a spectacular traditional Dalmatian dinner in the charming abandoned village of Malo Grablje.
Appetizer: ￼Local cheese and smoked ham with island extra virgin olive oil, marinated fish
Main Course: Peka – traditional meal with lamb or mixed lamb and veal under the iron bell covered with the ash.
Dessert: Simple traditional desert with almonds
Beverage: Local wine, water, grappa – local brandy made by Berti
- Tour guide
- Two wine tastings
- Pick-up from accommodation
- Dinner with wine in abandoned village of Malo Grablje
- Visits to two wineries
Your accommodation in Hvar