IT IS ALL ABOUT THE
VERY BEST OF ISTRIA
“IT IS ALL ABOUT THE VERY BEST OF ISTRIA” - 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS PROGRAM
DAY 1 – What is Northern Istria offering to wine lovers?
9:30/10:00 a.m. – Arrive on own at Kopar, Piran, Portorož or Umag. Transportation to the first winery in the very north of Istria. History of this winery started when a father and a son who was an aficionado, connoisseur and creator of wines started wine production to meet their personal catering needs. Very quickly it evolved into a complete and exclusive dedication to wine. Their superior quality wine brings people together, inviting them to share special moments… Than follows a walk around Savudrija to the oldest active lighthouse in the Adriatic. From Savudrija you will go to the next winery to meet an exceptional winemaker who says that winemaking and winegrowing are in his blood… His family and the tradition of wine production are an inseparable part of Istrian “terroir” and his Grand Teran got very high score from famous Robert Parker – the famous Wine Advocate. After wine tasting you will go to Brtonigla for an early dinner in “simply not simple” konoba famous for its meals prepared in front of guests on a huge fireplace.
DAY 2 – Istrian treasures: wine, olive oil and Rovinj…
In the morning depart to an extraordinary winery which has its own, very riveting story… because its owner first travelled the world to learn as much about wines as possible before returning home where he founded his own winery and vineyard. What makes his wines special is the technology of long maceration and long, at least 3 years, maturation in oaken barrels followed by 3 – 6 months in bottles. After wine tasting follows a visit to an Istrian estate where superior quality olive oil is made. You will have an opportunity to taste olive oil with local specialties and learn about olive oil production and its history. After a walk around the olive grove you will go to Rovinj - the pearl of Northern Adriatic. In the company of professional local guide you will explore the old town and visit the unique eco-museum “The house of Batana” dedicated to the traditional wooden boat “batana”. The day finishes with dinner in a unique Rovinj’s restaurant where you will try seafood and fish prepared according to Istrian tradition but with modern twist.
DAY 3 – Discovering the pure beauty of nature…
Today we have something special for you. In the morning you will go for a wine tasting in the winery famous because it is the only winery in Istria where wine matures not only in wooden barrels but also in real amphoras! The vineyard and winery have been in the same family since 1891. Than you will visit another special Croatian winery where family tradition combines with modern technology and from autochthonic grape varieties comes the finest wines. The winery represents a visionary type of architecture. You will visit a spectacular wine cellar than you will be given a map and a picnic basket and go for an unforgettable walk around their vineyard. Picnic in the bosom of nature will provide a perfect occasion to sample fine wines made from grapes harvested from the surrounding vines. You have the afternoon and evening free to enjoy charming Bale. We recommend the hotel’s restaurant for a dinner.
DAY 4 – Mixing past with present…
Today you will discover the southern part of Istria starting with Pula – the largest city on the Istrian peninsula. This historical town is well known for its Vespasian amphitheatre and Roman monuments. Sightseeing with a professional local guide ends in the best wine bar where you will have an early lunch paired with excellent wines. Then follows the first wine tasting in a modern and cozy winery. The owner belongs to the younger generation of wine producers and he is known as a rock’n’roll star of wine making in Istria. In the afternoon you will visit an astonishing estate called herbal Disneyland of Istria. After a relaxing walk through the plantations of lavender, mint, sage, marigold and pyrethrum, olive grove and vineyard follows a delicious dinner accompanied by best wines.
DAY 5 – Take you memories with you…
Following breakfast, enjoy free time. Private transport will take you to your airport or to another place of your departure. If there is time you can visit an oil mill in Bale known for its delicious olive oil and very long history of olive oil making.
YOUR 5 DAY, 4 NIGHT amazing tour IT’S ALL ABOUT THE VERY BEST OF ISTRIA includes:
A customized itinerary featuring the best hotel, wine tastings, gourmet experience and touring elements,
Transportation on each day of the tour and a private transfer on the last day of the tour,
The services of an English-speaking expert guide throughout the tour,
The services of a professional local guides in Pula and Rovinj,
4 nights at 4-Star hotel La Grisa in Bale, double occupancy in Deluxe room,
Buffet breakfast each day,
3 gourmet early dinners in best local restaurants,
6 wine tastings with premium wines and rich local snacks,
1 wine picnic
1 olive oil tasting
Expert guides in each winery,
All tasting at the best estates of the region,
All entrance tickets,
All local taxes.
We include only the best wineries, estates and restaurants in our programs. Wine tastings in wineries are scheduled by special arrangement and some wineries may not be available on your dates. Once you book your program with us, we will contact the wineries and restaurants to make reservations for you. If there are specific wineries you would like to visit please let us know and we will contact your preferences first to arrange visits and tastings for you.
For more informations please contact us.