Croatia is a country known for its white stone villages, terracotta cities and glittering Adriatic waters. And it has a secret. Croatia produces incredible wines. While tourists flock to places like Italy, Spain and France for wine, you can avoid the crowds without compromising on quality by heading to Croatia.
Croatia’s coastline is the perfect setting for a wine-soaked sailing holiday with The Moorings. Croatia is home to approximately 40 native grapes, and the original home of Zinfandel. The diverse climate and viticulture of Croatia varies from north to south, and produces well-balanced and complex wines.
The Moorings suggested Agana charter itinerary touches on some of the region’s best wine area. The itinerary takes you along the Dalmatian Coast, where you can explore the coves and bays that make this coastline so special. You can easily indulge in excellent swimming and snorkelling, as well as relaxing on the pristine beaches, browsing the wares of local markets and bazaars and of course sampling the wine. On the suggested seven-day itinerary, there are two excellent destinations for wine – Split and Hvar.
Split is the second largest city in Croatia. It’s home to more than its fair share of wine bars. The Zinfandel Food and Wine Bar offers an extensive list of Zinfandel wines. For those wanting to visit a vineyard, Putalj Winery is the place to go. The wines are made using over 100 years of experience and tradition. There is a winery tour offered once a day around 5pm (just in time for a sunset wine), but be sure to book ahead as spaces can fill up quickly. The wine tour is hosted by the winemaker and offers tastings directly from the fermentation tanks, current vintage tastings, olive oil tastings and a tasting platter paired with the wines.
Hvar is just a short yacht ride from Split and a popular location for celebrities to dock with their mega-yachts. But it’s not just the celebrities that are attracting attention to Hvar, its grape cultivation and wines are of exceptional calibre. Hvar has been in continuous cultivation since 400 B.C. It’s safe to say, they know what they’re doing in Hvar. Hvar is also home to the highest number of native grape varieties in the region (about 100). Master of Wine, Jo Ahearne loved the area so much, he established a winery there by the name of Ahearne Vino. Other wineries waiting to be explored are Zlatan Otok and Andro Tomic’s winery in Jelsa (make sure you try the barrel-aged Plavac Mali). To explore the wineries of the island, it’s best to hire a car. Better yet, hire a driver so you can sample all the wine and bring some back to the yacht for later.
A typical seven-day Agana, Croatia itinerary centres on cruising the islands of Solta, Hvar, Vis, and Brac, and to the Kornati Islands National Park north of the port of Split. If you want to modify or extend you’re the Moorings sailing holiday, the itinerary can be tailored to suit your needs.
Agana, Croatia | The Moorings Yacht Charter | 7-days | From AU $1,680
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