Wine and Gourmet Cruising 2018
Croatia‘s Adriatic Sea connects the Mediterranean Sea with the heart of Europe. Along the most beautiful coast and Mediterranean islands, along Croatia’s coast from Dubrovnik, Split, Šibenik, Zadar, Rijeka, all the way to Istria, warm currents carry the Mediterranean climate impact deep into the continental parts of central and eastern Pannonian Croatia.
The history of grape vine cultivation stems back to the Roman Empire, to which our current territories belonged. Thus, Croatia is still nowadays one of the most valuable world areas for grape vine cultivation. With four different microclimate vineyard zones and numerous native grape vine sorts, Croatia is among rare countries which today cultivate numerous world-known grape vine sorts.
Revitalized modern wine production over the past 30 years had made Croatia one of the most perspective world micro wine regions. The richness of native grape vine sorts in all regions and over 2,500 small family wineries today make a rich wine offer, so we can ascertain that Croatia is today a real small jewel of the world’s wine scene.
Due to a relatively small total wine production, they are not much exported, so you can enjoy most of these valuable, yet rare wines only during your stay in Croatia.
This program is devoted to knowledgeable and demanding worshipers of eno-gas tourism. It is a program that will offer you an unforgettable experience of the Croatian Adriatic during seven days of sailing along with a visit of the most beautiful Dalmatian seaside wines and a tour of the best small wineries and top restaurants. In addition, during the cruise on the boat, you will be presented with the leadership of the best chef and sommelier the top- quality wines and gastronomy of all the Croatian wine regions.
In this journey you will find the most beautiful islands of Dalmatia (Brač, Hvar, Korčula) as well as peninsula Pelješac. With the expert guidance of our Sommelier during our stay on board, we will present four Croatian wine regions (Slavonia and Podunavlje, Brezovica Croatia, Istria & Kvarner and Dalmatia).
Wineries that are planned to be visited are following ones: BRAČ (Senjković, Stina), HVAR (Tomić, Plenković),Wineries that are planned to be visited are following ones: BRAČ (Senjković, Stina), HVAR (Tomić, Plenković),KORČULA (Bire, Zure, PZ.Čara), PELJEŠAC (Grgic, Matuško, Korta Katarina, Skaramuća), DUBROVNIK
- With traditional Croatian gastronomy we will present you almost all Croatian native wine varieties, including their best wineries and wines.
- In daily newspapers out of broad with the escort and lead of Sommelier you will visit and get to know the best Dalmatian wineries and taste their best wines.
- In the evening out on the boat we will visit the best restaurants and meet and enjoy a rich and healthy Mediterranean cuisine
- 7- days cruise in deluxe double or twin cabin with en-suite bathroom
- Service of 4 crew members + sommelier
- Welcome reception
- All non-alcoholic beverages (tea, coffee, water, juices…) all days, unlimited consumption
- Daily buffet breakfast
- 3 course dinner on the first day
- 3 course lunches for the next 6 days
- Abundant fresh fruit
- Wine tasting with all meals on board with expert guidance of our sommelier. He will present four Croatian wine regions (Slavonia and Danube, Croatian upland, Istria & Kvarner and Dalmatia). You will be presented traditional Croatian gastronomy including almost all Croatian native wine varieties, including their best wineries and wines.
- Expert guidance of our sommelier during your visits to wineries from the program
- Visitors’ taxes and port fees
- Luggage handling
- Daily cabin service and towel change two times a week
- Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard
- Use of all water sports equipment on board that doesn’t require dinghy use
- Dinghy transfer to the shore and back when not berthed in city port or marina
- Fuel for 4 hours of navigation a day
- Unlimited use of generator and air con, if necessary
- Crew salaries
- Necessary permits and boat insurance
Prices do not include: consumption of alcoholic drinks on board (on yacht’s bar) – except wines during wine presentation, dinners on board except on the first day, wine tasting in wineries from the program and taxi transfers to/from wineries, taxi transfers to or from the yacht/hotel/airport, extra shore excursions, adverse activities (scuba diving, big game fishing, rafting…), national park and park of nature entrances, guided tours, gratuities / tips for the crew.
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Croatian upland – as a central part of the continental part of Croatia wine regions includes vineyards in the environment of cities Zagreb, Jastrebarsko, Sisak, Kutina, Varaždin and Čakovec. It is vine grooving locality of Plešivica, Zagorje and Međimurje, Pokupje, Prigorje and Bilogora. This region is specific to a moderate continental climate which favors the cultivation of predominantly white grape vine varieties such as Šipona, Škrelta, Graševina, Rhine Riesling, White Pine, Pinoa Gray, Sauvignon, Muškato, Chardonnaya and some red vine cultivars such as Pinot noir and Portuguese. Stylish this region is recognizable by the production of fresh, light and aromatic white wines, and it is particularly well-founded for the production of sparkling wines and top pre-select wines of choice, late and ice berries.
Slavonija and Danube – encircled by three large rivers, Drava and Danube from the north and Sava from the South, Slavonia and Podunavlje region, it is the largest wine region of Croatia with over 8000 hectares of vineyard. It includes the following vineyards: Daruvarsko, Moslavačko, Broko Posavsko, Kutjevacko, Našičko Feričansćko, Baranjsko, Erdutsko and Srijemsko. The area is characterized by a moderate continental climate featuring warm summers suitable for growing a large number of autochthonous as well as white and red wine cultivars. These are white varieties: Grasevina, Rizling Rizling, Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot White, Pinot Gris, Traminac and Red like Frankovka, Pinot Black, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah. With its diverse and mineral rich soils from the sediment of the ancient Panonin Sea with a specific micro climate with Mediterranean influence, offers the possibility of producing all modern and traditional wine styles: young fresh, complex mature and strong wines, late, elective and ice wines Harvesting these very complex red wines. The region is one that deserves great attention from every true wine lovers.
Istria and Kvarner are a special region that includes the vineyards: central, eastern and western Istria and Kvarner Opatija – Vinodol, Krk, Rab, Cres, Lošinj and Pag. From Istria with a specific creek and white land to Vinodol, Krk, Cres and Pag with sandy and partly rocky soils this is an area of Mediterranean climate influence with a slight influence of continental micro climate in the winter. Stylish is a region of fresh and elegant white wines and sparkling wines with several important autochthonous species, White Malvazija, Žlahtina and Grgić, as well as the world’s well known Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Muscat, while the red ones are the most important indigenous species of Teran with world known Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In all respects, many small wineries and highly developed tourists have raised this wine region and Malvasia to the top of popularity, which must be respected.
Dalmatia is the second wine region in size and certainly the first in importance. It is located south of the island of Pag in the northern part of the Adriatic, across Zadar, Sibenik, Split and the Dalmatian islands of Brač, Hvar, Vis, Lastovo, Korčula and Pelješac peninsula to Dobrovnik and Konavoska field in the south of Croatia. Extremely warm Mediterranean climate and valuable people have created in the country and stone a great part of the human mind and hands of every admiration and some parts of this area the Babić grape vineyard Bucavac in Primošten belong to UNESCO protection.
Expanding from the repository of Persia through the Mediterranean vineyards, it has found more than an ideal destination in this area, as evidenced by the richness of autochthonous viticulture grown from the time of Antiquity and the Roman Empire. Greater identity of this region is given by the red autochthonous grapes: Plavac mali, Crljenak Kaštelanski and Babić, while white ones it’s Pošip, Grk, Vugava, Maraština, Malvazija dubrovačka and even fewer such as Darnekuša, Slavogost and Paric. Stylishly expected, this wine most of all reflects the character of the Mediterranean climate, character, strong full of sun and sea energy. While this wine style is always on the pride of the hosts themselves, the diversification of the market through the needs of tourism has brought newer trends in the style of production and the growing number of fresh wines and sparkling wines, making Dalmatia the most prized Croatian wine region as well. For every passionate wine lovers, it is important to know, explore and enjoy it.