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 wind 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.
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 compliment 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.
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 new ones as 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.
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 are held in a unique underwater wine cellar overlooking the bottom of the sea. At each wine cellar 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, with islands finest local appetisers. After the wineries we 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
DEPARTURE TIME: 11:00 (Exact departure time will be agreed upon at time of booking.)
PLACE OF DEPARTURE: We will pick you up at your hotel, villa, private accommodation, bus station,… Your departure point will be decided at time of booking.
DURATION: This is a full day tour (6 – 8 hours).
INCLUDED IN PRICE: Tour as described, pick up, guide/driver, car transfer, 2 x wine tasting, dinner with wine in abandoned village of Malo Grablje.
TOUR TYPE: Gastronomy, history and culture, for individuals, couples and families
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Light
DISABILITIES FRIENDLY: Yes, please advise in advance.
MIN: 2 People
PRICE: 180 EUR/per person
PLEASE NOTE: You can join this Hvar Wine Tour from Split by taking either the ferry or catamaran from Split to Hvar and back. The schedules and timetables are subject to change and it is advisable to buy tickets online at least 48 hours before the journey on following links: krilo.hr and jadrolinija.hr
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