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Wine Tours

With more than hundred wineries spread across our hilly peninsula, Istrian wine universe is vast and ever expanding, slowly conquering international palates with Istrian Malvazija, Teran, Muscat of Momjan and Borgonja – native grape varieties we Istrians are very proud of. However, visiting Istrian wineries for a newcomer is not so easy!

Even locals admit they are spoilt for choice and often find it difficult to put up a reasonable wine tasting itinerary allowing them to experience (and learn!) as much as possible in a single day. Add to this a wish that wines you’ll taste more or less match your drinking preferences and things will get even more complicated.

That’s why five years ago I thought how a curious epicurean traveler would rave about wine tours in Istria that would:

• give preference to small, family owned wineries.
• have a certified sommelier as guide.
• offer tasting of at least three wines in each winery.
• take care of choosing the best Istrian taverns for lunch, serving only local and seasonal food. Or, if weather allows, put up a picnic in vineyard.
• organize for you pick-up/drop-off anywhere in Istria county (and organize transfer from Rijeka and surroundings for a small additional fee)
• educate clients about history and styles of winemaking in Istria, indigenous grape varieties, different soils and microclimates and basics of pairing with signature Istrian traditional dishes

Therefore, if you are a wine enthusiast eager to meet Istrian winemakers in person and taste their hand crafted wines take a look at Wine Itineraries I offer:

Rovinj wine tour

Rovinj wine tour

Its narrow streets and countryside hide many small wineries managed by passionate people that produce uncommon, curious wines. It is also the only EatIstria wine tour that may include visit of biodynamically managed vineyards and winery.

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Central Istrian wine tour

Central Istrian wine tour

Be among the first to enjoy wines coming from the picturesque terroir of the Lake Butoniga region, wines that the World still have to discover. You’ll taste crisp, outstandingly mineral and complex wines that are brave and original like the people who make them – Dimitri Brečević, Dario Sirotić, Anton Grbac and Benvenuti brothers.

This adventurous tour is for curious wine enthusiasts seeking for new palate stimuli but also for those who love scenic landscapes, tamed hills and tranquility of Istrian countryside.

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West Istrian wine tour

West Istrian wine tour

Are you a passionate red wine enthusiast? Or have you ever wanted to know how much wine is influenced by terroir and how much by the winemaker who inevitably leaves in bottle its personal touch?

In both cases this is a wine tour for you! In the area surrounding Poreč, on rolling hills south of Mirna river valley and east of Adriatic coast, thrive vineyards of five renowned Istrian winemakers – Geržinić, Cossetto, Rossi, Radovan and Damjanić.

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