Leonidas Travel and Croatia's wine region

Leonidas Travel has an 8 day itinerary and one of the experiences is enjoying a full day of wine and great food, visiting two of Croatia’s premier wineries followed by a3-course lunch or dinner.

The island has a 2,400-year wine tradition. In order to truly understand Hvar and its wines, it is important to hear the history, to visit the vineyards and olive groves. Its modern winemakers are becoming increasingly internationally recognized – exported as far away as California and served in 3- star Michelin restaurants in Holland. After just a 25-minute drive from Hvar town, you will get to see the beautiful vineyards with colorful grapes. During this wine tour you will visit two famous wine manufacturers on the island.

After the visit of the two wine cellars, you will head to a picturesque village of Vrisnik for lunch. Situated at the foot of the hill on which the parish church of St. Anthony lies. Old stone houses, picturesque courtyards and gardens with the scents of intact nature surround this little village. Your host will be one of the best Croatian olive oil producers Mr. Borivoj Bojanic. His grove has an amazing view of Hvar’s2234 year old Ager field, a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. The extra virgin olive oil here is known as islands green gold, and it's famed for its subtle flavor and distinct piquant taste.

The island has a proud history of winemaking, ever since the ancient Greek settlers planted the original vineyards back in 384 BC. The island's vineyards and olive groves have been recognized by UNESCO and are now protected as a World Heritage Site. It boasts an array of indigenous varieties, some ofwhich are only grown on the island. Hvar’s best-known wine is Plavac, produced from the autochthonous grape variety Plavac Mali, a close relative to Zinfandel. The wine has a dark ruby red color and a pronounced varietal aroma that is harmoniously full-bodied in flavor. Best served at 18 °Cwith dark meat dishes, game, fine fish, crabs and fine cheeses.

Traditional Dalmatian Peka dish is a specialty to try! If you have time to spare, you should try the meatbaked under the baking lid or “under the bell” – Peka. It is an absolute top dish in the Dalmatian area, something which is put on the table when there is guest in the house. It takes about two to three hours to prepare and the result is slow cooked food – healthy, delicious and with lots of flavor. One of the interesting things about Peka is that you can make it with any kind of meat you prefer, but in restaurants you normally have the option to choose between several kinds of meat like veal, chicken, lamb or octopus. Various vegetables, most often potatoes, are added to the dish. Island Hvar offers a perfect opportunity to try this specialty, traditional in this area of the world.

* Included: private guide/driver, wine tasting in 2 wineries and lunch * Not included: tickets, gratuities and items purchased for personal use